We Remember

LARSEN, Carl Robert

January 8, 1960 — January 13, 2023

Born January 8, 1960 in Prince George, BC, Carl passed away January 13, 2023, at the age of 63, in Kelowna General Hospital after a quiet and courageous battle with cancer.

He leaves to mourn, his beloved wife Corinne; sons Eric, Lloyd III, and Clarke, and stepdaughter Emily; sister Leah (Kevin) and brother Lloyd (Vicki); and aunts, an uncle, and many cousins.

Carl was predeceased by his parents, Maryella and Lloyd Larsen, of Prince George, BC.

Carl graduated from PGSS in 1977 and later attended BCIT and worked in process technology in the lower mainland, before finally settling in Kelowna in 2003, where he realized a dream of building an equestrian centre.

Since the time he could walk, Carl had a strong bond with all the animals around our place, but he had a very special understanding of horses – and horses seemed to understand him.  This led to him competing in equestrian events in Saddle Club, gymkhanas, horse shows, and Fairs, by the age of six.  He trained and competed in equestrian events for over 50 years in BC and California, until recently.

His dedication to family was always unwavering and supportive, be it as a husband; as a dad taking kids to games and 5 am rep league practices; making a place to stay (and breakfast) for travellers; as a caregiver; as a brother, uncle, nephew, and cousin – Carl always cared, and kept touch with many in a large family.

Family, friends, and competitors alike, will all miss his gentle voice, quiet and brilliant wit, obscure and funny songs, great sportsmanship, encouragement, and steadfast love and friendship.  He is among the angels.

A service will be held in spring, and notification will be made in the coming weeks as to the time and location.  Many thanks to the ICU staff, volunteers, and doctors at Kelowna General Hospital for their remarkable efforts, care, and compassion for Carl and our family members.

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