Daniel (Dan) Carl Larson passed away May 16th, 2022 after a short illness. He was born in Bellingham at St. Joseph’s hospital on September 10th 1944. Son of Carl Amus Larson and Theresa Joyce Schluk, he graduated from Ferndale High School in 1962 and served in the Army National Guard from 1969 to 1973. Dan was a member of Local 576 Carpenters Union and later worked for the Ferndale School District in carpentry/maintenance until his retirement. Dan lived on the family farm outside Ferndale from the age of 6. He married Linda Sue Erickson on November 8th 1971. Dan and Linda purchased the family farm from his mother in in 1971 where he and Linda raised their children and lived for the last 50 years.
Dan is survived by his wife Linda Larson, sons Kjell Eric, Daren William, daughter Erika (Rikki) Elizabeth, son Donald Philip, grandchildren, Colton, Jaxson, Daniel and Amberlyn.
Dan had a lifelong love of fishing. He spent many years on the local waterways fishing with his children and more recently, with his grandchildren. He was generous with his knowledge, teaching many the ropes on the Nooksack and the Skagit Rivers.
Dan wasn’t a man who openly voiced his affections. His love and care were conveyed with many acts of kindness. He was a carpenter by trade and Dan could fix just about anything. He helped his sons, daughter, extended family and friends work on their homes, fix boats and trailers, tractors, mowers, he tinkered with his grandkids’ toys and much more. Whatever they needed he was there to lend a hand. Dan would often say “why don’t you bring that over and I’ll see what I can do with it”. In due time whatever needed fixing would be returned better than it ever was before, with upgrades. Dan wouldn’t accept a penny for his time although beer was appreciated when you slipped it into the shop. On any given day the shop would have a project in the works, classic country playing on the stereo and the woodstove stoked in cold weather. Dan and Linda’s place usually had a steady stream of visitors. Family, friends and neighbors all knew they were welcome. It continued to be home to Dan’s children and was a second home for many more.
Dan was a good husband, father, friend and neighbor. He was a good man. He touched many lives with quiet kindness and affection. He will be deeply missed and never forgotten by those who were fortunate enough to know and love him.