07/08/1948 - 09/30/2018
ARTHUR T. LARSON, JR., affectionately known as "Art," of Oakton, VA passed away on September 30, 2018 at the age of 70. He is survived by his beloved wife of 45 years, Julie ("Hong Lin"); his sister Gail and her husband Frank Albanese; his devoted children Cindy and her husband Dr. Michael Duggan, Christine Kolackovsky, and Michael and his wife Barbara Larson; and four adoring grandchildren, Courtney and Alexandra Duggan, and Benjamin and Christopher Larson. He is predeceased by his father Arthur Sr., and his mother Wilma and stepmother Margaret, his brother Gary, and his sister Maryann.
Art was born on July 8, 1948 in Brooklyn, NY. His parents were descendants of Norwegian and Swedish immigrants. In 1967 he enlisted in the United States Air Force. Through ROTC, he became commissioned as an officer in 1977. He earned his Bachelor's and Master's degrees from the University of Wisconsin in 1974. Major Arthur T. Larson, Jr. retired in 1990 after proudly dedicating 22 years serving his country. He was stationed all over the world, from Brendisi, Italy, to Taipei, Taiwan, where he met the furture love of his life, Julie (Ma Hong Lin.) Art and Julie married in 1972 and moved back to the U.S. He was subsequently stationed in Duluth, MN; San Antonio, TX; Bad Aibling, Germany; and Los Angeles, CA. Upon retiring from the USAF, he settled with his wife and three children in Northern, Virginia.
After his military retirement, Art continued serving his country as a government defense and intelligence contractor for 27 years, retiring from this second career in 2017. After the terrorist attacks on 9/11, Art felt an immediate calling to service. He went to President George W. Bush's website and clicked on "What you can do." One of the suggestions was to contact the local police department to serve as a volunteer. He did just that and proudly served his community for nearly 15 years as an Auxilliary Polic Officer for the Fairfax County Police Department until the day he passed. Art was passionate about serving his country and his community. He was a humble man of few words but great compassion. He also had an insatiable thirst for knowledge. He loved reading books about music, languages, cabinetry, history, aviation, guns, DIY projects, and always a good page-turning spy novel. His "happy place" was with his Kindle and an occasional cigar on his back porch in Oakton or the sunny lanai at his condo in Southwest Florida.
Foremost, Art loved his family. His wife, his children, and his grandchildren were his greatest source of love and pride. Family, friends, colleagues, and others whose lives Art touched are invited to Fairfax Memorial Funeral Home on Sunday, October 7, 2018 for visitation and services beginning at 12:00 pm. There will be a small reception afterward. Art will remain in Fairfax Memorial's Hall of Heroes until a burial ceremony date is set at Arlington National Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations can ble made to the Farifax County Police Association.
ARLINGTON NATIONAL CEMETERY