Gaylen Lee “OJ” Larson

June 24, 1960-Aug. 27, 2019

It is with overwhelming

sadness that Maureen and

Tate must reveal the pass-

ing away of OJ on August

27, 2019 at Moog and

Friends Hospice House

after a relentless battle

with mesothelioma.

OJ was born and raised

in Minot, North Dakota.

He attended all of his

schooling there, graduat-

ing from Minot High in

1978. He received a scho-

larship to wrestle at Minot

State where at one time

he held the school record

for most take-downs in a

single season and was a

member the Sigma Tau


OJ was employed as a

plumber/pipefitter while

completing his teaching

degree. Maureen and OJ

met at this time and were

married in 1990 before

moving to Canada.

Once in the Okanagan

Valley, he originally

worked for the Town of

Princeton and ultimately

worked with the Grounds

Crew at the Penticton Golf

and Country Club.

OJ lived his life with an

infectious smile and a joy

for a well told story. He

enjoyed ‘most’ sports,

hunting and fishing.

He was predeceased by:

this father, Arthur and

mother, Lowaine.

He is survived by: wife

and son, Maureen and

Tate as well as his twin

sister Gail (Mike) Walsh

and her children, Ashley

(Neal), Laurel and Braden;

older brother Mickey and

his daughter Michaela

(Byron); great-niece and

nephews; Macklyn, Wyatt

and Wesley as well as his

in-laws, Daniel and Au-

drey Wourms and

brothers-in-law, Darren

and his son Logan

(Shawnice) and Craig and

wife Wendy-Anne.

Many, many family and

friends will miss him im-


Donations in OJ’s honor

can be made at:








A memorial service

will be held on Friday,

September 20th at St.

John Vianney Catholic

Church, Penticton, BC,

Canada. A casual gather-

ing will be held at the Bar-

ley Pop in Minot on Sa-

turday, October 12th.

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butes may be directed to

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