Scott Kenneth Larson, 70, of Crystal, Minnesota passed away suddenly December 12, 2020, at his home. He was born in Waconia, Minnesota on April 10, 1950. He was the first-born child of Kenneth A. Larson formerly of Leon, Wisconsin, and Evelyn (Schultz) Larson of Waconia, Minnesota.
He was an adventurous and curious child who grew into an exceptionally intelligent man with a beautiful baritone voice, a generous nature, and a love of all things mechanical.
He graduated from Waconia High School in 1968 with honors. He attended Southwestern Technical College and graduated with a degree in Fluid Power. In 1986 he received his AA degree and then, at the age of thirty-six, he went back to finish his college degree. He graduated in March of 1991 Magna Cum Laude with degrees in Technology Education and Industrial Studies with a desire to teach.
He taught in several Minneapolis school districts: Roosevelt High School, Robbinsdale Public Schools, Mahtomedi High School and Spring Lake Park High School.
Scott’s greatest desire was to fly but his eyesight got in the way. He loved anything to do with flying whether it was remote control airplanes or talking to other pilots or looking at planes. Two of his greatest adventures were trips with his father. In 1975 he travelled to Florida for the Apollo-Soyuz Mission.
His Dad was invited by his cousin, Deke Slayton, to see him finally get his turn in space. In 1990, he accompanied his dad to England to attend a WW2 92nd Bomb Group Reunion in Podington. Scott loved sitting in a pub, listening to their stories of the war, their love of their B17 Flying Fortress and seeing all the great Warbirds.
Scott loved to figure out things. He called himself a “master tinkerer.” He could build a gun or a computer, he could rebuild a racing bike or a car engine. He loved the outdoors and enjoyed fishing and biking and remote-control airplanes. He loved his Harley and the “Fellowship of the Open Road”. Scott enjoyed the companionship of many dogs thru the years with the last two, Stella and Mocha, providing him with great comfort after his wife’s passing.
His neighbors said he was the best neighbor, generous with his time, his knowledge, and his tools…a good man. We will miss his kindness, generosity, clever wit, and loving heart.
He is survived by his father, Kenneth A. Larson, his sister, Suzanne Larson-Tamburo, his brother-in-law, Andy Tamburo, and many cousins.
Scott was preceded in death by his mother (Evelyn Larson), wife (Linda McGrath), his paternal grandparents (Florence and Alfred Larson of Leon), his maternal grandparents (Walter and Bertha Schultz of Waconia), Aunts, Uncles and his cousin, Bob Schultz.
A graveside service will be at 2:00 p.m., Friday, September 24, 2021, at the Leon Cemetery in Sparta (19516 State Highway 27).
Lanham-Schanhofer Funeral Home and Cremation is assisting the family with arrangements.