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.