Nov 2, 1945 – May 3, 2020
Larry Allen Knutson was born Nov 2, 1945 in Estevan, SK to parents Olaf and Clara (Gullickson) Knutson. He lived in Saskatchewan until 1971, when he married the love of his life, Anne (Bjorgum) They lived in Edmonton 1971-1986, High Level 1986-1994, then to Slave Lake in 1994.
Larry passed peacefully at home 5 am Sunday May 3, 2020 after a courageous 4 year battle with Multiple Myeloma. Regardless of his circumstances he never complained and was an example of God’s grace in action. His life exemplified God’s Spirit through giving, helping, and serving his family, church, neighbors, and friends. He was a man who loved to work and construction was a passion. If there’s a tape measure in heaven, he’s surely cross checking cubits!
Through his many careers, he worked for Alberta Forestry (1986-97), Lacewood Homes (1976-1986, 1997-2007) and owned Big Fish Bay RV Resort (2007-2017) before retirement.
He leaves his loving wife Anne, two sons Shane (Lisa) and Cory (Crystal) and six grandkids who will miss him dearly – Justin, Julia, Ryan, Mitchell, Marley and Alana.
In the year 2000, he and his wife Anne found a new passion – serving and helping in a mission to the poor in Mazatlan, Mexico. Larry (aka Lorenzo) loved every moment he spent there…whether it was driving, building, or helping everyone he could with his endless talents.
He was the eldest of seven children, and was predeceased by his sister Sharalyn Durant (Keith).
He’s survived by siblings Julie (Larry) Koop, Laura (Dave) Docherty, Calvin (Bev) Knutson, Daryl (Debbie) Knutson and Donna (Steve) Johnson. His family extended as a young adult to include 4 surviving step brothers; Gilbert, William, Louis and Darryl. He is also survived by many cousins, also Anne’s caring mother Mildred, Anne’s siblings Grace, Paul, Fern, Janet and Sheldon.
He was predeceased by his parents and second mother Marge, and many beloved uncles and aunts. Three aunties remain to mourn his loss; Carrie Gullickson, Helen Holth, and Delores Sogge.
Larry lived to serve and to give and was a blessing to his church and community groups. The family is comforted with the many stories now being shared of how he impacted so many. He was always quick to lend a favour, a tool, kindness, or a well placed word of advice or encouragement. These traits live on with all those that he mentored as sons, employees, friends and neighbours.
It’s sometimes said that a life boils down to the “dash” between the years of birth and passing. If that’s the case Larry’s was certainly a line filled with love, family, service, and ultimately an unshakeable faith in the Creator who allowed us all to see a glimpse of Heaven by the work Larry did daily here on earth.
Gifts in his memory can be made to “Central Mexico Mission Society”. Memorial farewells to honor his life will be announced at a later date due to the Corona-19 pandemic.