Sharon Dee Larsen was born in Rupert, ID, Nov. 28, 1944 to Samuel and Hulda Kraus. She grew up in Rupert and later moved with her family to American Falls, ID. After graduating from high school Sharon moved to Portland, OR, for about a year before returning to American Falls.
After returning to American Falls she met and married Dallas Larsen. About a year after the birth of their son Alan, the couple bought a home just outside of Aberdeen. She and her husband spent many years turning the house and property into a warm and beautiful home and yard. Many people in the Aberdeen area will remember driving by the house and seeing Sharon rolling along on her red riding lawnmower.
She worked for several years for the J.R. Simplot processing plant in Aberdeen before opening the Tiger Hut café with Marva Jean Mueller. After selling the Tiger Hut she went to work at the Chuckwagon Café. She and Dallas later bought the Chuckwagon and ran it for many years. After leaving the café business she went to work for Ern’s Hardware. Later, she worked in the clubhouse at the Hazard Creek Golf Course as well as Wallace Drug & Video.
When her husband retired from the J.R. Simplot Company she retired as well. The couple got to go on many trips around the western states before Dallas passed away from complications related to pancreatic cancer. After his passing Sharon sold the home in Aberdeen and moved to Pocatello.
Sharon will be remembered as a prankster who loved teasing her many friends. She will be remembered for the yearly Christmas gifts she gave to her regular customers at the café, many picked especially to cause blushing by some and laughter by all. She will be remembered for her delicious, enormous cinnamon rolls and the many other wonderful dishes she cooked. She loved painting ceramics, crocheting blankets for every baby she could get her hands on, playing Bingo and most recently bowling and playing video games on her iPad. The latter two being the cause for many impromptu phones calls to her son about her ever improving bowling scores and her new high score on Bejeweled Blitz. In the winter she liked to “stay in where it’s warm” and play games, read romance novels and watch her beloved western movies. She was a firm believer that there was nothing good on TV anymore, but she never missed an episode of Dancing with the Stars. As a mom there are not enough words to describe how supportive and loving she was and how much she will be missed.
Sharon is survived by sisters Lori Pagni of Longview, WA, and Shirley Kenison of Illinois. Her brother and sister by choice Lee and Brenda Crane of Pocatello, ID. Her son Alan Larsen of Sandpoint and numerous nieces and nephews. She is preceded in death by her sister Lila Crane of Pocatello, ID; her parents Sam and Hulda Kraus of Rupert, ID, and her husband Dallas Larsen of Aberdeen, ID.
Graveside services for Sharon were held Saturday, May 4, 2013 at the Aberdeen Cemetery, Aberdeen, ID. Funeral arrangements are under the care and direction of Wilks Funeral Home, 211 W. Chubbuck Rd., Chubbuck, ID, 238-8000. Condolences may be sent to the family online at www.wilksfuneralhome.com.
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