Richard Lorin Larsen passed away Sunday, August 4, 2019 at his home in Irvine, California at the age of 79.
Richard was born on June 12, 1940 in Logan, Utah to Lorin Larsen and Margaret Jensen Larsen of Hyrum, Utah. He was raised in Hyrum and completed the first three years of South Cache High School. He left Utah at this time to live with his Uncle Dallas and Aunt Rose in Los Angeles, California. There he graduated Morningside High School, class of 1958. He went on to complete his Associate of Arts degree and UCLA’s Graduate School of Management.
In the early 1960’s Richard worked as a general electrician. But it was later, while working for General Mobile Electronics that Richard discovered his charismatic personality was far better suited for sales. In 1968 he was hired by Panasonic as a Sales Representative. In 1970, he was promoted to Key Account Sales, in 1972 promoted to Major Account Sales Manager and then in 1976, promoted to Vice President of Sales for the western states. During these years, he traveled many times to Panasonic headquarters in Osaka Japan. On one such visit, he was given an award by Panasonic’s owner and President for “His tremendous contribution to Panasonic’s dynamic growth in sales.”
In the mid 1980’s, Richard combined his passion for customer electronics with his past experience as an electrician, and started his own audio/video company. He and his crew sold and installed consumer electronics to commercial, restaurants, and home theaters to home owners. His likable personality and quick wit endeared him to many. His customers frequently became his friends and his friends frequently became his customers. His clients ranged from his own insurance agent to the President of Continental Airlines.
Richard was preceeded in death by his parents, Lorin and Margaret. He is survived by his four siblings, Sondra, Loretta, Berre, and Vicki, his three children, Paul Richard, Pamela Jane, and David Nels, and three three grandchildren, Michael Paul, Devan Jane, and Jane Lucie.
A viewing will be held on Tuesday, August 27, 2019 at the Nyman Funeral Home, 753 South 100 East, Logan Utah from 6:00 – 8:00pm. A second viewing will be held Wednesday, August 28, 2019 from 10:00 – 11:30am followed by funeral services about noon.
Interment at the Hyrum Cemetery.
Condolences and memories may be shared with the family at nymanfh.com