We Remember

LARSEN, Randall

Randy passed away July 15, 2021, in the comfort of his home, reclined in his chair, listening to one of his favorite preachers, John McArthur. The sermon he was listening to was titled “The Best is Yet to Come”.

Randy was predeceased by his daughter Marina Doreen Thomas (née Larsen); his great-granddaughter Diana Lois Darlene Thomas; his sister Noni McLaughlin; and his niece Lori McLaughlin. He is survived by his wife Darlene; his son Vince (Mary); his daughters Darla and Debi Bailer (Randy); and by his 16 grandchildren and 9 great-grandchildren (2 little ones on the way); and by his sister Donna Townsend and nieces and nephew.

Randall “Randy” Keith Larsen was born on February 17, 1943, in Prince Rupert, British Columbia. He lived there for three years, then moved to Victoria, BC, where he finished out his school education. At 19, Randy proudly joined the RCMP; training in Regina. In 1965, he married the love of his life, Darlene, and they settled in Wetaskiwin, Alberta. Between 1965 and 1971 they had 4 children: Vince, Marina, Darla and Debi. His RCMP career took him to Wetaskiwin, Medicine Hat, Sherwood Park, Vermilion, Brooks, and Leduc, AB, where he then retired from the police force.

In 1992, he accepted a job on the Surrey detachment in BC, where he was a Civilian Reader Analyst for the RCMP. During his 8-year tenure there, he was known affectionately as “the Griz” due to his impressive beard. He officially retired from the Surrey detachment in 2000 and moved to Kelowna, BC to be closer to his grandchildren.

Randy led a very fulfilling life, proudly devoting much of his time and talents to the church and to Darlene’s musical endeavors. He taught adult bible class and served as Sunday school superintendent. Being a musician in his own right, Randy enjoyed playing the guitar, the Cajon, and loved to sing. He was a Western music and Southern Gospel fan. He had a way with words and a talent for drawing, and has left us musings and poetry, often written on the back of napkins at some restaurant. He was an avid reader.

Randy was a competitive swimmer in school and was adamant about teaching his children to swim. When they were young, his kids had to work hard to get to go swimming by trying to push him off the couch. He was a big man, so it wasn’t easy! It took all 4 of them, but he always let them win!

Randy was very devoted to his RCMP career. He did his best to help wayward teens. Many of which, as adults, were grateful for his positive intervention. However, his career didn’t come without its challenges. He was involved in 3 car accidents, one of which he sustained a serious skull fracture and wasn’t expected to survive. Randy was also held at gunpoint and kidnapped after a routine traffic stop. So life was never dull!!

Randy was a faithful and loving husband and father. He was kind and welcomed the chance to serve in any way he could. He was strong physically and also in his biblical beliefs and views on life. He endeared himself by consistently offering up goofy jokes, one after the other. These “groaners” brought light and laughter that eased some difficult life moments.

On the day Randy passed, Darlene asked him how he was feeling. He said, “Oh, like a Ukrainian fish boat”. Then he paused and said, “I’m not sure this generation will know what a hunky-dory is”.

Randy leaves a Legacy of faithfulness to our Heavenly Father. His strength of character, his kindness, compassion and integrity to his family will be cherished for many years to come.

You were/are greatly loved and will always be my soul mate. You ran an awesome race. You finished the course.
Until we meet again, my love. Sleep well.

No words are enough to thank Pastor Jared Enns and the church family for uplifting and supporting Randy and me in prayer during this long journey we were on. And for friends and family who supported and gave generously of themselves to Randy and me, I thank you. You are all a comfort to me, and I am forever grateful.

A Funeral Service will be held on Monday, July 26, 2021 at 10:00 am PDT, at Westside Alliance Church, 2011 Daimler Dr, West Kelowna, BC. Burial will follow at Kelowna Memorial Park Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Jews for Jesus.

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  • Wayne &Grace Buss says:

    Truly Randy brought light into our lives too. I considered him my best friend. Even though I lost a customer when Randy came into our store dressed in full RCMP regalia, and handcuffed me to a display counter and said I’ll be back for him in a few minutes, I still loved him. And yes I am still using a facecloth to comb my hair. Our times together were filled with laughter and best of all singing praises to our lord while floating down the river in our canoe. We will miss Randy too, and can’t wait to meet him again with our saviour. Our sincerest condolences to you Darlene and your precious family. Wish we could be there to give each a warm hug.
    Wayne and Grace Buss

  • Lynda Cooke says:

    Dear Darlene & the Larsen family ..My heart goes out to all of the family .May your love & fond memories comfort you. Thinking of you .Lynda Cooke

  • Bob and Bernice Guthrie says:

    Our sincere. Condolences and sympathy’s Darlene to u and ur family. We have fond memories of of time together in Wetaskiwin. May he

    Our sincere condolences and sympathy’s Darlene to u and ur family. We have fond memories of u guys in Wetaskiwin. Our thoughts and best wishes are with guys during this time of sorrow.

  • Donna, John and Matt Lloyd says:

    Darlene. Our deepest condolences to you and your family. We fondly remember so many conversations over the fence as we took a break from the yard and garden work. Gods blessings to you.

  • Colleen Shonwise says:

    Darlene and family. My deepest and sincerest condolences. Randy was a true man of God who impacted so many lives for Christ and for the better.
    Praying for comfort and peace as you grieve and start this new chapter in your lives.

  • Nels Jevne says:

    I grew up on a farm near Wetaskiwin.For some reason I joined the Force in Sept 1968.When we were driver training, we drove to Wetaskiwin from the Base.We wet nosed little guys had coffee in the old Driard Hotel in town. We knew nothing. We were sitting in that cafe in the company of several experienced Officers, one of. them Randy. I remember watching him. He was attracting for some reason and part of it was that he seemed liked, naturally liked by those around him. He created an impression without his knowing it. I liked his nature. That impression stayed with me into my own career. He would not have known me of course but isn’t it interesting how we, as humans, let alone folks in uniforms can create respect without our knowing we’re doing so. It wasn’t demanded, it was just natural. So, I simply wanted to say, as a young farm boy who became a Member, my attitude & goal was to emulate Randy. Over the years, I’ve chatted about that experience and I’m so proud to be able to tell your family that Randy had that unspoken, quiet ability. Oh yes, it may have also been that he was twice as big as that little fresh faced farm boy. You have every right to be proud. And isn’t it good that he was of such character that you miss him. Some families can’t say that. Here’s my hug. Thank you Randy.

    • Nels Jevne says:

      I simply wished to let you know that when I sent my condolence/story, I told you we were in driver training and drove to Wetaskiwin. My last half of training was In Penhold (every second troop) so don’t get the impression we drove to Wetaskiwin from Regina. That’s way too far. All the best again. Nels

  • Jeannine Gulkiewich says:

    Darlene and family,
    A lovely tribute to a wonderful husband, father and friend. A man of faith, musical talent and never ending sense of humour! If anyone sneaks up on me at church (Jeannine) and taps my shoulder I will think Randy has left specific instructions just to keep me on my toes. He frequently told me I reminded him of his oldest sister. I’m not sure if it was because I laughed at his corny jokes or that I gave him grief to keep him in line? He will be dearly missed but we shall meet again. You will continue to be in our thoughts and prayers.
    Jeannine & Ernie Gulkiewich

  • MP Tracy Gray says:

    I am very sorry for your loss and wish your family strength during this difficult time.
    Tracy Gray, Member of Parliament, Kelowna – Lake Country

  • Brad Kern says:

    Larsen family, my deepest sympathy for your loss. I do have some fond memories of living across the street from your family in Leduc. I was fortunate to get to know your family through church and neighborhood gatherings. Randy always seemed larger than life in many ways with his friendliness, generosity and attempts to keep his daughters in line. With fond memories and gratefulness to have known him and your family, you are in my thoughts and prayers.

    • Jan Buchanan says:

      Dear Darlene,
      I’m so sorry to hear of your great loss. I enjoyed working with Randy at Surrey Det
      He was a gift to the office, sharing his stories , humour and kindness.
      My Deepest Condolence to You and your Family
      Jan Buchanan

  • Harvey Frank says:

    My deepest condolences. I worked with Randy in Medicine Hat Detachment. He was a great friend and comrade.
    He was also an influence in my life both on the job and my walk with our saviour.

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