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Information for Jens Morris Larsen

 23 April, 1903 - 17 January, 1997 

From The Idaho Press-Tribune

January, 1997
Contributed by Dennis McIndoo

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Note - Research shows his name as
Morris Jens Larsen.

Jens Larsen

    Jens Morris 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 Minnesota was brief as the family soon staked out a homestead near Savage, Montana.  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 to Boise. 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.
    Morris always 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 Center 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 great-great-granddaughter.
    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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