Saturday, December 29, 2012

Roland Alma Larkin 1928 - 2011

Rowland left 20% of SLC Larking, a 54 corvette, and the house which he sold.  JL said when Roland got laid off after the 62 break up he went to work in the Mortuary for a while and eventually quit work and just lived a simple modest life without working. 

He lived in the bottom of the house and the rest of the house was filled to the brim with stuff.  There were little corridors throughout the home.  Amazingly the home is in wonderful condition. 

Roland only ate at a table in the basement and there was no indication of rats in the home.  The neighbors next door bought the home and are restoring it lovingly to it’s previous beauty.  There won’t be a lot do to because it is in fine condition in spite of Roland not doing much upkeep. 

Roland almost married twice.  He was generally active in the church and served in a Bishopric in a singles ward. Rowland served two missions.   Even JL who inherited Rowland's worldly goods, rarely was allowed in the home.  Roland didn’t label or share items with the family although he liked to gab with friends and family about family history.

Obituary: Roland Alma Larkin

05/06/1928 - 03/26/2011
Roland Alma Larkin, 82, passed away on Saturday March 26, 2011 in Ogden, Utah. He was born in Ogden on May 6, 1928, the youngest of five children, to Elijah Allen and Rosella Ferrin Larkin.
Roland was educated in the Ogden City School system, graduating from Ogden High School in 1947. He served in a United States Army medical detachment in Germany during the Korean War.  He graduated from Weber College in 1954. Rowland studied at the California College of Mortuary Science in Los Angeles.  He worked for Larkin Mortuary in Ogden and Salt Lake City until his retirement.

Roland was a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Eccles Park Ward. He served two church missions, Canadian Mission – Toronto and North British Mission in England. He served as a counselor to Bishop Justin R. Eccles in the Monroe Park Second Ward in Ogden. Rowland made many return trips to the British Isles to visit friends and pursue family history research.

His varied interests included church history, family history, Ogden and Utah history, international travel, classic cars, and the collection of historical documents and artifacts. Rowland was an oral history student of his many ancestors and their contemporaries. He deeply appreciated his family, his life-long associates and his loyal friends.  He liked to promote the preservation of things from the past and could often be seen driving around town in his ’38 Chevy or his ‘54 Corvette.
Roland was preceded in death by his parents and four siblings: George Ferrin Larkin, Elijah Ferrin Larkin, Rosella Larkin Maw and Elane Larkin.
In lieu of flowers, please donate to the LDS Church Humanitarian Fund.
Services will be held on Friday April 1, 2011 at 11:00 AM in the Eccles Park Ward, 1029 26th Street in Ogden, Utah. Friends may visit the family from 9:00AM to 10:45AM immediately prior to the service. Burial will be in the Ogden City Cemetery. Funeral arrangements are entrusted to Larkin Mortuary, Salt Lake City. 

1950 Ogd Stand July 30


Rowland front

Rowland back row 2nd from left

2545 Eccles, Ogden:

Larkin Mortuary:
 Larkin's pioneer founder, George William Larkin, arrived in the Salt Lake Valley in 1863, having emigrated from Cambridge, England. His first jobs were to cut stones for the Salt Lake Temple and to ride Pony Express. Later Brigham Young sent him to oversee the Ogden cemetery. In 1885 George William began the Larkin tradition of arranging funerals in Ogden. In 1912 a Larkin Mortuary was opened in Salt Lake City under the direction of his son, Alma J. Larkin.

In 1925 the business moved to its present location, the Hagenbarth Mansion, at 260 East South Temple. Alma was the driving force of growth for Larkin Mortuary until his untimely death in 1946. His two sons, Alma J. "Jay" Larkin Jr. and Max S. Larkin, assumed management of the company until 1984. Robert "Bob" Larkin served as president of Larkin until 2002.

Ogden City Cemetery
Weber County
Utah, USA