William Verl Larsen, 88

William Verl Larsen, 88, of Ammon, Idaho, died August 24, 2011, at his home. He had been under the care of Hospice of Eastern Idaho.
He was born January 1, 1923, the fourth child of five to LaVera Fullmer Larsen and James Peter Larsen Jr. in Groveland, Idaho.  He was educated in Groveland and Blackfoot, and graduated from Blackfoot High School in 1941. He served in the U.S. Navy Air Crops from 1943-1946.
Verl attended Idaho State University where he learned the trade of welding and in 1972 earned a degree in education.
On September 16, 1954, he married Irene Soderquist in the Salt Lake City LDS Temple.  They farmed in Moreland, Idaho, until 1972 when they moved to Ammon.  Verl and Irene both taught elementary school at Lincoln in Bonneville School District 93.
Verl was a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and as a young man served a mission for the church in Brazil.  Verl and Irene served a mission together in Portugal.  While living in the Blackfoot area, Verl served on the Blackfoot High Council for 10 years.
He was active in scouting for several years. Verl was a member of the Retired Teachers of Idaho Falls. Verl memorized many poems and enjoyed fishing, hunting, a good joke and was an avid reader.
Verl was a hard worker, devoted to his family, loved the gospel and had a firm testimony of Jesus Christ.
He is survived by his loving wife of 55 years, Irene S. Larsen of Ammon;
Daughter: Merina (Steve) Smith of LaMesa, California; Sons: Val (Allison) Larsen of Bridgewater, Virginia; Brad (Jan) Larsen of Edmond, Oklahoma; Layne (Kathy) of Spring, Texas; and Lance (Skye) Larsen of Idaho Falls; 20 grandchildren and 5 great grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents, brothers: Leo, Glen, and Gerald Larsen, and a sister, Elva Owens.
Funeral services will be at 2:00 p.m. Saturday, August 27, 2011 at the Ammon LDS 4th Ward Chapel, 4375 E. Sunnyside Road, with Bishop Mark Shultz officiating.  The family will visit with friends today one hour prior to the services.  Burial will be in Fielding Memorial Cemetery with military honors provided by the Bonneville County Veterans Team and the Idaho Honor Guard.
The family would like to extend a heartfelt thanks to Hospice of Eastern Idaho for their kind and loving assistance during the past several months.
Online condolences may be sent to www.coltrinmortuary.com