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Gaylen "OJ" Larson

June 24, 1960 - August 27, 2019

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It is with overwhelming sadness that Maureen and Tate must reveal the passing away of OJ on August 27, 2019 at Moog and Friends Hospice House after a relentless battle with mesothelioma.

OJ was born and raised in Minot, North Dakota.  He attended all of his schooling there, graduating from Minot High in 1978.  He received a scholarship to wrestle at Minot State where at one time he held the school record for most take-downs in a single season and was a member the Sigma Tau Fraternity.

OJ was employed as a plumber/pipefitter while completing his teaching degree.   Maureen and OJ met at this time and were married in 1990 before moving to Canada.

Once in the Okanagan, he originally worked for the Town of Princeton and ultimately worked with the Grounds Crew at the Penticton Golf and Country Club.

OJ lived his life with an infectious smile and a joy for a well told story.  He enjoyed ‘most’ sports, hunting and fishing.

He was predeceased by this father, Arthur and mother, Lowaine.

He is survived by wife and son, Maureen and Tate as well as his twin sister Gail (Mike) Walsh and her children, Ashley (Neal), Laurel and Braden; older brother Mickey and his daughter Michaela (Byron); great-niece and nephews; Macklyn, Wyatt and Wesley as well as his in-laws, Daniel and Audrey Wourms and brothers-in-law, Darren and his son Logan (Shawnice) and Craig and wife Wendy-Anne.

Many, many family and friends will miss him immensely.

Donations in OJ’s honor can be made at:

https://www.canadahelps.org/en/charities/canadian-mesothelioma-foundation/

or

https://www.mesorfa.org/support/

A memorial mass will be held at 2:00 pm, Friday, September 20th at St. John Vianney Catholic Church, Penticton, BC, Canada followed by a private family urn interment at the Penticton Lakeview Cemetery. A reception at the Penticton Golf & Country Club will follow the interment.

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From: Nunes-Pottinger Funeral Service & Crematorium

Nunes-Pottinger Funeral Service Staff send our condolences to family and friends.

From: Lorne and Barb Stefan
Relation: Cousin

Our heart.goes out to the whole family. He was a great man, and we enjoyed his company immensely. He will be missed!

From: Casey Smith
Relation: Long time friend

Sorry to hear of OJ’s passing. He was a good friend and will be missed. Thoughts and prayers go out to the family. RIP OJ

From: Laurie Rostad Kunnanz
Relation: Long time friend

I’ve known Gaylen since our elementary days at Lincoln Elementary in Minot. He always had that great smile on his face. My condolences to Gaylen’s immediate and extended family. RIP Gaylen, you will be truly missed.

From: The McDonalds (Brian, Lisa, Morgan and Rylee)
Relation: Friend

So very sorry for your loss. Maureen, you and Tate are in our thoughts and prayers. Much Love.

From: Chris Irvine

Maureen and Tate, I am so sorry. OJ was bigger than life, and the space that he filled makes a deep hollow. I know you will both be supported by your many friends and loved ones. My deepest condolences.

From: Leif Wallin
Relation: Lifelong friend.

After his incredible turnaround last year, I thought we’d have him for another 10 years. I feel like a part of me is missing…

From: Viv, Dave and Heather Lieskovsky
Relation: friend

We are profoundly saddened to hear of OJ’s passing. His huge smile, his lovely sense of humour and his vibrant, outgoing personality will be missed by all who were lucky enough to know him. One of the happiest, most positive people we’ve ever known. He will be missed. Our sincere condolences to you and all your family.

From: Terry & Peggy Quinlen
Relation: Cousin

Maureen & Tate our heart is heavy hearing the news of Gaylen. We are so glad that we got to see him last summer. We will never forget that infectious smile. May your many wonderful memories together comfort you during this difficult time. Sending prayers and hugs from his hometown. Will see your when you travel back in October.

From: Paul Rodgers
Relation: Friend from Minot

Sending love and prayers out to all the Family and Friends!! OJ, you were one of the best! Smile in Heaven my Friend!!

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Service Schedule

  Memorial Mass

Date & Time:
September 20, 2019
Beginning at 2:00pm

Location:
St. John Vianney Catholic Church
361 Wade Avenue
Penticton, BC Canada

A memorial mass will be held at 2:00 pm, Friday, September 20th at St. John Vianney Catholic Church, Penticton, BC, Canada followed by a private family urn interment at the Penticton Lakeview Cemetery. A reception at the Penticton Golf & Country Club will follow the interment.

361 Wade Avenue
Penticton, BC Canada

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