Arthur “Art” Larson, age 78, of rural Canby, MN, passed away on Tuesday, August 4, 2020 at the Prairie Lakes Hospital in Watertown, SD. Per Art’s wishes there will not be any formal services held. Houseman Funeral Home-Birk Chapel of Canby, MN is entrusted with the arrangements.
Art was born on a farm in Minnesota October 6th, 1941, the third of ten children. He joined the U.S. Navy in 1959. and served as a sonarman on the USS Keppler.. From there he went on to electronics school and in 1966 joined Sperry Univac as a computer engineer. At Sperry Univac, Art became Overseas Engineering Manager in charge of most of the third-world countries as well as those in the Communist bloc, Europe and North Africa. He and his Scottish wife Vivien were married in Clear Lake, South Dakota, in 1968 and lived in South Africa, Korea, Hong Kong and England before he retired from Sperry in 1984 when he and Vivien bought a small farm in SW Minnesota, raised cattle for a while, and began to write – something he had dreamed of doing for many years. It was there that he developed a new hypothesis of quantumized gravity and devoted a great deal of time writing about this. In his own words: “I had decided at age 15, when I first read about relativity, that Einstein was wrong. I studied relativity for the next 30 years and never changed my mind. I’ve been working on it ever since, still beating my head against the brick wall of scientific dogma.” On his beautiful prairie farm he was gentle and loving always with animals – if people had seen him work with the cattle and their calves, they would have wondered at how a man who had travelled the world and successfully managed companies in many countries, could be so kind and gentle with them. It was a humbling experience to see him check on his little herd each winter evening, cold moon riding high over the barn, the cattle stirring quietly, their breaths steaming in the frosty air. He always said that he felt very close to the meaning of all things at those times.
Art was a good and honest man from a large and hard-working family – his four brothers and five sisters all unique and strong, caring people. He would talk of his early years on the farm, his Dad, Alvin, trucking as well as farming, and his Mother, Leona, bringing up her large family. He was always grateful for those days and would say of some of the hardships “it builds character”! He was so glad he had time to spend with his nephews and nieces whilst they were younger, and to have special trips with some of them in later years. He often talked about those memories of them and he was proud of all their accomplishments as they grew older. Art has been spared any long and lingering decline of health. Now he is free to see and explore the wonders and mysteries of God’s universe. Go safely and well, dear Art. You are much loved and will be much missed, but now you can spread your wings and fly.