Dean L Larsen was born in Mesa, Arizona, to Elwood Earl and Lorna Miller Larsen. In 1954 he accepted the call to serve in Argentina Mission until 1956. He earned bachelor's degree from BYU. He married Leona May Robinson, and they are the parents of nine children.
In 1993, the Larsens were members of the Aztec 1st Ward, Bloomfield New Mexico Stake and President Larsen was serving as bishop when he was called to serve as the president of the Venezuela Caracas East Mission. He had formerly served as a stake mission president, a high councilor, a bishop and counselor, a seminary teacher, a high priests group leader, a Primary teacher and pianist, a ward organist, an explorer adviser, and a Scoutmaster. He was working as a teacher and coach.
In 1998, the Larsen’s were members of the Farmington 3rd Ward, Farmington New Mexico Stake when President Larsen was called to serve as the president of the Missionary Training Center in the Dominican Republic. He had retired from his position as a teacher and coach in the Aztec Schools of New Mexico. In addition to those callings listed above, he had also served formerly as a district mission president.
Sister Larsen was born in Richfield, Utah, to Attewall Bunting and Hazel Mae Roberts Robinson. She attended BYU.
In 1993, she was a ward music chairman when she received the call to serve with her husband in the Venezuela Caracas East Mission. She had served formerly as a Relief Society president and counselor, a Young Women president and counselor, a Primary president, a teacher and chorister, a Sunday school teacher, a Cub Scout Committee chairman and a Scout leader. She was working as a substitute teacher.
Dean and Leona Larsen also served as president and matron of the Lima, Peru Temple.
In 2007, they left on another mission. Their calling was to serve in Chile as the executive secretary to President Amado.
Church News Archive 04/18/1998 . . . Leader called to Dominican Republic
Dean L Larsen, former president of the Caracas Mission, has been called as president of the Dominican Republic MTC.
Church News Archive 03/16/1996 . . . NEW AND RETURNING MISSION PRESIDENTS
Venezuela Caracas: Timothy W. Nicolaysen succeeds Dean L. Larsen
Church News Archive 03/27/1993 . . . NEW MISSION PRESIDENTS
Dean L Larsen, Caracas East Mission
Letters from the Larsen's to Matt Hirst:
June 15, 1998: “We arrived just fine…”
August 12, 1998: “We have a new group of missionaries.”
September 3, 1998: “We survived the hurricane.”
November 4, 1998: “We still don’t have phone lines in the office…”
December 23, 1998: “…remodel the house to handle thirty missionaries.”
July 7, 1998: “We have finished three groups of missionaries.”
January 4, 1999: About the temple in Venezuela
February 23, 1999: “…the reunion…”
September 25, 1999: “We have only two missionaries.”
November 13, 1999: The visit with President Miller.
December 21, 1999: “…major flooding and landslide…”
December 24, 2001: Feliz Navidad
January 24, 2002: Saludos
March 11, 2002: Trip to Huaraz, Peru
April 29, 2002: Grandparents again
Thanks to Matt Hirst for making this information available to the web master and all the alumni. 05-06-2002.