Jens Morris Larsen
23 April, 1903 - 17 January, 1997
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Note - Research
shows his name as
Morris Jens Larsen.
Larsen came into the world on April 23, 1903.
He was the first
child of Lars Christian Larsen and Elsa Christine Marie
Larsen. His stay in
was brief as the family soon staked out a homestead near
Marie worked as a
cook at a stage coach stop while Lars began breaking up the
sod on the new ranch.
By the time he was teenage, he had two brothers
and a sister and established himself as a member of an
undefeated football team and was an undefeated boxer.
He gave up boxing
because he really didn't like to hurt anybody.
He married Mary
Beatrice Amesbury in 1927 and they began ranching near the
old homestead. These
were the dustbowl years with no way to get ahead with dry
land farming. Now
they had a daughter, Alice Kathrine and a son, John Morris
and they moved to Fairview, Mont.,
where he could be employed as a ditch rider.
In 1940, they
came to Idaho to celebrate Bea's parents' golden
wedding anniversary and Morris heard of a better paying
construction job at Boise Junior College (BSU).
They decided to move
In 1942 they moved to Marsing where they bought a small
acreage where they could keep a small herd of milk cows and
of course, horses, which had always been part of their
lives. He ran the mail stage to Jordan Valley, Oregon, until
taking the job as shop foreman for Dobbin Implement Co. in
Marsing. During this
time they were instrumental in starting the Marsing Saddle
Club which at one time had over 50 members.
showed a love for animals and never mistreated any of his
creatures. One time he made a pet out of a field mouse.
His kind and gentle
spirit were evident at social events when you would often
find him off to the side listening to some soul who was
pouring out their troubles to him.
He rarely repeated
what he had heard.
Morris and Bea were the founding members of the
Owyhee County Historical Society.
They played a large
role in putting on Marsing's Bicentennial celebration.
Morris and Bea were honored as Distinguished Citizens 1983.
Morris was an active member of The Owyhee Gem & Mineral
Society and the Marsing Lions Club. He held every elected
office in these clubs at one time or another.
Morris had begun
doing some art work when working at BSU and returned to art
after his retirement. He
did some sculpture in metal and worked with John Morris in
making guitars. He
would see faces in patterns of wood or flowers and his home
had trees and fence posts carved or painted to look like
creatures from middle earth.
He was driving his own car, singing and playing bass
with the local senior citizens group up to the last week of
his life. His
friends at the Senior
were very important to him.
He is survived by
his son, John; his daughter Dr. A. (Kay) Goebel and his
younger brother, Kenneth Larsen of Savage Montana; 9
grandchildren 12 great-grandchildren and one
There will be
graveside services at Hillcrest Memorial Gardens
at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 22 1997.
The family invites
friends and acquaintances to join them at 1:30 p.m. at the Marsing Senior Center
for a time to share memories and memorabilia of Morris and
his life. Services
are under the direction of Dakan Funeral Chapel, Caldwell.
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