Remembering Carl Larson

Sep 19th, 2013 | By | Category: Notable Deaths
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The Carl  Larson I remember; some personal thoughts

I knew Carl for only the last 25 years.  He always reminded me that he worked in Corrections for more than 50 years.  I pointed out that I actually worked for CDC longer than he had, but then he kept working after I retired.  We were supposed to write a book together.

Since I retired, Carl and I talked and exchanged emails frequently.  One thing for sure, Carl was an intelligent, passionate advocate for the Department of Corrections.  Everyone wanted to tap into his experience and ideas and he was always willing to offer advice.  He provided critiques and input for some of my writings.

Though I did not have an opportunity to work with him in a prison, i did work with him in Headquarters.  I know that he helped design the newer prisons, had a street named after him, wore suspenders, and wrote a training manual.  He is also the only person who fired me (during my brief tenure as a retired annuitant).  Carl followed orders, even if he didn’t agree with the administration.

Im sure others will have much to say about him.  He was a passionate supporter of his friends through thick and thin; he will be missed.

NOTE:

Services for Carl Larson will be held Thursday, Sept. 19, at the Folsom Community Center, 52 Natomas St., Folsom, CA., at 1:00 PM.   A reception will follow at that location.

The family is requesting that, in lieu of flowers, donations be sent to:

If you have any photographs of Carl, or additional information, kindly email info@pacovilla.com. Those wishing to add their observations and memories of Carl “Lulu” (spelling?) Larson, are asked to do so by posting them below, as a comment. -ED

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7 Comments to “Remembering Carl Larson”

  1. Robert L. Papac says:

    Its always hard for us to lose people that we’ve worked with or been influenced by in our Department, but when I found out that Carl A.K.A. “LouLou” Larson had passed away, I agreed with the post that was sent to me by a friend, We had indeed lost one of the Legends of CDC(R). I first met Carl in the early 70′s when he was working with W.T. Stone at C.T.F. Soledad. I was a new Officer at C.I.M. and was up visiting “Tom” Stone at C.T.F.since he was an old friend of the family. I won’t go into a lot of the particulars, but when some staff inflated a Hot Air Balloon outside the South Facility (Closed at the time) Carl was @ P.A.at North Facility. He came by and saw the Hot Air Balloon “tethered down” to a late 60′s El Camino and just stood there and shook his head. When Tom (Stone) told him to get in the basket for a ride, Carl tried to decline, but as usual was “convinced” by Tom to get in and he took his short ride in a Hot Air Balloon. The thing I remember the most was Carl’s White Knuckles grasping the edge of the basket as it was coming back down to the ground. I found out later that he had Acrophobia. Even so, I was impressed by the Mountain of a man who smoked Cigars and wore suspenders and who, in spite of having a fear of heights, still followed the instructions of his boss. I have a lot of opportunities to talk with Carl over the years and will miss him and his vast reservoir of knowledge of the Department. I will be driving up to Folsom for the services this Thursday, to bid farewell to Carl for his “Last Watch Meeting.”

  2. Tom Vaughn says:

    Carl was a larger than life character who truly did believe in the CDC. His experience and knowledge and love for the men and women who daily put their lives on the line will be truly missed.

  3. Bob and Juanita Denninger says:

    Though well past the age where he could afford to retire, Carl valued and was committed to his endeavors. He, his profession, and those interacting with him were the beneficiaries. For him and others like him, this is a most noble basis for continuing work. We will miss him, but can contribute to his legacy by supporting his worthy causes.

  4. Donkey punch says:

    Cheers to a great guy by all reports. However, I must say its pretty sad to see him work well beyond retirement age and passing away fairly quickly after leaving the department. It seems many of our staff don’t understand we have that safety retirement for a reason. The only reason to work past retirement is if you have a couple of divorces under your belt and can’t afford to retire….

  5. pacovilla says:

    Services for Carl Larson will be held Thursday, Sept. 19, at the Folsom Community Center, 52 Natomas St., Folsom, CA., at 1:00 PM. A reception will follow at that location.

    The family is requesting that, in lieu of flowers, donations be sent to:

    The Retired Correctional Officer’s Museum, 312 Third St, Represa, CA  95671

    The Correctional Peace Officer’s Foundation, 1346 N. Market Blvd, Natomas, CA, 95834,

    The Wounded Warriors Project