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Mark Larson

Mark Lenus Larson, 78, of Northwood, ND passed away Saturday, September 25, 2021, at Altru Hospital in Grand Forks, ND. A visitation will be held Friday October 1, 2021, from 5:00 to 6:00 p.m. with a 6:00p.m. prayer service at the Bilden-Askew Funeral Home in Northwood.

Mark was born in Roseau, Minnesota, September 16, 1943 to Reverend Arvid and Lena Larson. He grew up and attended school in Strandquist and Eagle Bend, MN, moving to Northwood his senior year of high school. He served in the Army National Guard and graduated from Mayville College with majors in English and Math. Mark taught school in Bisbee N.D. and Braham MN. In 1969, he obtained a National Science Foundation Award and received his Master of Mathematics degree from the University of South Carolina. He returned to teaching at Red River high school in Grand Forks ND, where he was head of the math department and coached several cross country teams to state championships. In 1980, Mark retired from teaching and returned to Northwood to begin a 30 year career selling Farmers Union Insurance.

Mark married Ellen Young on November 25 of 1972.

Survivors include his children: Nathan (Ann) Larson of Northwood; Sarah (Graham) Rios of Santa Ynez, CA; grandchildren: Megan and Jace Larson, Chase and Kaia Rios; brothers: Paul, David, and Joel; sisters: Grace and Faith.

Preceding him in death were his parents, Arvid and Lena Larson; sister, Joyce Anderson; and Brothers: John, Lemuel, and Seth Larson.

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Mr Mark Larson was a kind and gentle man and thankfully a quite but demanding Coach. Because of that his runners WON- 1974 ND State Champs. Turned out to be a great teacher and person to us all. RIP and Thank You-Forever!!

D J SMALLEY May 14 2022 4:47 AM

Condolences and prayers to you and the family, Ellen. May he Rest In Peace.

Kim Mueller Oct 1 2021 11:54 AM

Ellen and family My deepest sympathy for you and your family.

Carol Knain Sep 30 2021 11:38 PM

A candle was lit in memory of Mark Larson

Laurie and Jim Sep 30 2021 9:29 PM

Faith, So sorry to read about the loss of your brother, Mark. I taught with Mark years ago at Red River. Hope you are doing well. Tootsie (Nelson) Gasparini

Kathleen “Tootsie” Gasparini Sep 29 2021 9:35 PM

Coach Larson had an enormous impact on my life. He persisted in getting me to try a workout with the cross country team back in ~1973, which led to me joining the team and began 48 years of running. He was ahead of his time in his level of knowledge and was a great coach. So sorry to hear of his passing.

Jim Miller Sep 29 2021 6:26 PM


BETTY HILLESTAD"BOOP" Sep 29 2021 11:33 AM

Sorry to hear of the passing of Mark. God bless his memory.

Maggie and Jerry Bergene Sep 29 2021 10:41 AM

I am so sorry to hear of Mr. Larson (Mark)'s death. He was my first cross country coach at Red River--and my favorite coach ever. He did not talk too much but was very smart and always had a ready smile. I still remember him driving his big car out to the 1/2 way point of our long runs to make sure no one was hurt, everyone made the run, etc. He and his family are in my thoughts and prayers.

Tim McKenna Sep 28 2021 11:22 PM

Our condolences to the Family of Mark. He was our High School English teacher at Bisbee ND. May the Soul of Mark Larson be with The Lord!! Jim & Donna (Strand) Bucher, Rolla ND

Jim & Donna Bucher Sep 28 2021 6:45 PM

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