Long-time Cambridge resident tragically killed in Arizona

John E. Larson

By Rachel Kytonen

Life-long Cambridge resident, John E. Larson, was killed Monday, March 14, in an accident in Tempe, Ariz.

According to Tempe police, Larson was walking and struck around 6:45 a.m. at the intersection of Hardy and Oxford Drives, south of Baseline Road in Tempe.

After hitting Larson, the driver went another couple of blocks and eventually hit a wall. The driver was hospitalized with non-life threatening injuries.

Investigators believe alcohol was a factor, and police say the 23-year old male driver, from Phoenix, will be booked into Maricopa County Jail on one count of second degree murder after he’s treated for injuries from the crash and medically cleared.

Larson and his wife Dorothy were currently on vacation in Arizona, visiting an elderly relative.

According to family members, Larson lived in Isanti County his entire life, growing up on a farm east of Bradford. He was the youngest of eight children, and the conduit for his own siblings and family. He was a very helpful and caring guy—one  that was loved and admired by everyone.

Larson was also a realtor with Real Living Main Street Realty, (formerly Peoples Realty) of Cambridge.

A Memorial Service will be held at 11 a.m., Saturday, March 19, 2011 at the First Baptist Church in Cambridge. Interment will be in the Isanti Union Cemetery.

  • http://[email protected] Jay

    I have known John for over 30 years. He has always been extremely kind and friendly and always sincerely asked how you were doing and cared about your response. He will be sadly missed by all.

  • Darrell & Teri Wistrom

    John was always great to me, I’ve known him for about 50 years. We both attended South Isanti Baptist church, played softball together, always kind and encouraging. Last time I talked to John was two months ago, in Cub Foods. Some may say “it was an accident that took John”, others that “God wanted John home”, I know one thing, God will welcome him home. My condolences to John’s family.

  • Miles Gerhardson

    My twin brother and I were taken to John for our first barbershop haircuts. He coached our basketball team and was a very good man. I am in shock at the news. I wish his family peace.

    Miles K. Gerhardson

  • Cory

    I have known John for over 20 years. When I heard the news I couldn’t believe it was him. I seen John a few weeks ago. I will miss his crazy joes and wonderful smile. My deepest sympathies go out to his family.

  • Chuck & Linda Ferraro

    We are in shock at the loss of this wonderful friend. We know he is with the Lord but will miss him so much. Our hearts go out to you Liz and your whole family. We love you.

  • Brittanie Jarrell

    I did not know John Larson personally, but I was there when the accident happened. His death touched me and I have been checking the internet to get more information about him. I wish there was a funeral service in Arizona so that I could pay my respects to his family. Even in death John Larson was able to become apart of my life and will not be forgotten. There was a peacefullness about him that I cannot describe but it made me feel as though this man I didnt know was a good person and would be missed by many. Rest in peace John

  • http://msn.com Paula Anderson Kopp

    I would like to thank Brittanie Jarrell for her kind words and thoughts about my dear cousin John Larson. He was truly an exceptional person and he left us way to early in his life. You are right, John was a very good person and didn’t have a mean bone in his body. I’m sure that his funeral will be overflowing with friends as well as relatives. It seems that just about everyone in Cambridge, MN knew John, either from church, his barbering days or his most recent job as a realtor.

    I really wish that I could talk to you personally since you were with John during his final moments on this earth. We feel so “out of the loop” back here in Minnesota and so far have been relying on the internet for a lot of our information. His wife and kids are just too broken up to speak yet – it’s like a nightmare that you want to wake up from and have it all be a very bad dream!

    Thank you again, Brittanie, for your thoughtful response to John’s death!

    Paula Anderson Kopp