Layton, UT - Chris Thomas Larsen, age 67, passed away on December 17, 2023, at LDS Hospital in Salt Lake City, UT. Born on August 2, 1956, to Elmer Ernest Larsen and Phyllis June Thomas, Chris leaves behind a legacy of love, service, and unwavering faith.
Chris was a devoted husband to Debra (Debbie) Ann Larsen, with whom he shared 45 years of marriage since their union on December 15, 1978, in Logan, UT. Together, they created a loving family and cherished the bonds of marriage until Debra's passing. Chris is survived by his son Davin C. Larsen (Jackilyn), daughters Yulese A. Lincoln (David), and Jentry M. Rasmussen (Axel), as well as grandchildren Dylan, Shawn, and Melissa Larsen, Addeelyn and Britely Lincoln, and Mabel Rasmussen. He is also survived by his siblings Marian Larsen Boyington, Gail Bishop, and Reid Thomas Larsen.
Chris spent his early years of life residing in Tremonton, Utah. He attended Utah State University in Logan, Utah, which upon graduation moved to Layton, Utah, where he resided until his passing. He was a faithful member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. His hobbies included writing, tennis, singing, listening to music, and reading.
A man of profound accomplishments, Chris began working at Western Trails washing dishes at the young age of 14 and went on to have a successful career as a Cost/Price Analyst at Hill Air Force Base for over 29 years, influencing many with his positivity and dedication over 13 years in a supervisory role. Chris retired at the age of 55 to take care of his wife, Debbie, who was diagnosed with dementia and needed constant care.
Debbie, Chris’s wife lived with dementia for nearly 12 years, passing in September of 2020. He cared for her in their own home for 8 years. In her final years she lived at Sunshine Terrace in Logan, UT. The number of days he missed visiting Debbie at the nursing home could be counted on two hands. He would feed her lunch, watch cartoons, and spend hours coloring with her or taking her on walks.
Chris served a mission to Denmark, where he not only found lost branches of his Danish grandmother's family but also linked them to his own.
Chris earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting from Utah State University in 1984, passed the CPA exam in 1985, and earned an MBA Degree in 2000. He had a passion for writing and authored positive books and a full-length play, "The Turning Point," which resonated with audiences and was performed in at least six LDS Stakes.
Chris had a great sense of humor. Reading funny cartoons or joke books was a part of his daily routine. He also passed his time watching Hallmark movies and sports. He loved to watch and sing along to 80s music videos. He enjoyed playing the guitar.
Family was his number one priority. Most holidays were spent celebrating together. Every year involved Easter Egg Hunts for the kids and then grandkids. They 4th of July usually included a BBQ in the backyard and the watching fireworks together. Christmas Eve was a party of present opening, new pajamas, and driving around to look at Christmas lights while driving 7-Eleven Slurpees.
Chris was very proud of all his grandchildren and did his best to be at as many of their sporting events, recitals, and performances as he could. The majority of the grandchildren have amazing talent and music, which he proudly claims came from him.
In his extensive church service, Chris held various leadership positions, including serving in the bishopric, as Young Men’s President, Ward Missionary, and Sunday School Teacher. Being a Sunday School Teacher was definitely his favorite of all his callings, and he served as a teacher for more than 8 years. He was a true scripturian and knew most of the Book of Mormon by heart. He was known for his compassion, dedication, and influence for good, impacting the lives of many within and beyond the church.
A man of generosity and kindness, Chris often gave selflessly to friends, family, and strangers alike. He touched lives through financial assistance, mentorship, and countless hours of service, reflecting his commitment to love and care for those around him.
Services in memory of Chris T. Larsen will be held Friday, December 22, 2023, at 11:00 am at Lindquist’s Layton Mortuary, 1867 No. Fairfield Rd., Layton, Utah, with visitation from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. prior to the service. Interment will take place at Lindquist’s Memorial Park at Layton.
Chris's impact on the lives of those who knew him will be cherished, and his legacy of love and service will continue to inspire for generations to come.