Alf N. Larsen Jr.
Captain
June 24, 2009

 

 

Alf N. Larsen, beloved father, brother, grandfather and great-grandfather, passed away at home on June 24, 2009 at the age of 87.  Alf was born in Ogden, Utah on December 4, 1921, son of Alf and Vera Larsen.  

Alf’s early passion in life was flying and he took his first solo flight at age 18 in a J2 Cub at Mines Field in Los Angeles.  After graduating from Hamilton High School in Los Angeles, he joined the Army Air Corps in October 1942.  During WWII, Alf served with the 96th Fighter Squadron, 82nd Fighter Group in North Africa and Italy, flying an amazing 50 missions in his Lockheed P-38 Lightning.  After successfully completing active duty with the rank of Captain, Alf remained in the Air Force reserves until October 1966, retiring with the rank of Major.  

His love of flying continued to drive his professional career as he joined Southwest Airways as a first officer in April 1952 and was checked out as a Captain in December 1958.  When he retired, 29 years later from Republic Airlines, (formerly Hughes Airwest), he had logged over 22,000 hours of flight time  always getting his many passengers to their destinations safely.  He was a “Top Banana” to all of us who knew him.

Previously of Hayward, CA, Alf was a resident of Livermore, CA for 24 years.  He was an avid golfer, tennis player and bicyclist and enjoyed traveling with his wife and friends.  He will be remembered for his constant and consistent service to others, always willing to help and generous to all.  He was a man of integrity, honor and a quiet courage to always do right by others.

He is survived by his children, Elizabeth Hatch (Mark) of Livermore,CA,  Robert Larsen (Denise) of Atherton, CA, and Paul Larsen (Steve) of San Francisco, CA,  seven grandchildren Paige Clarkson, Erin Brown, Ryan Hatch, Steven Hatch, David Hatch, Jared Hatch, John Hatch and 16 great grandchildren.  He is also survived by his brothers Curtis Larsen of Arizona, Jack Larsen of Fullerton, CA and his sister Beth McBride of Brea, CA.  He is preceded in death by his wife, Mary and a son, David.

Services will be held at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, 1501 Hillcrest Avenue in Livermore on Friday, July 10th at 12 noon.  In lieu of flowers, donations in his memory can be made to Hope Hospice, 6500 Dublin Blvd., Suite 100, Dublin, CA 94568.