Bryon Larson, 30, American Fork, died Saturday, May 12,
2012, in a tragic accident near Saratoga Springs.
He was born December 14, 1981 in Burley, Idaho, the son
of Bryon and Susann Hellewell Larson, and the second of
five children. He attended school in Pleasant Grove and
in Palmdale, California, before the family settled in Cedar
Hills. He graduated from Lone Peak High School.
Joel served the LDS church in the Australia Perth Mission.
He was an excellent scholar, graduating Magna Cum Laude
from Utah Valley University in 2007. He completed an internship
in Washington, D.C. in the office of Senator Orrin Hatch.
Always eager to help others, Joel earned a master’s
degree in social work at the University of Utah in 2010.
At the time of his death, he was a therapist at Valley Mental
Health in Salt Lake City where he made many friends among
his colleagues and the adolescents he counseled. Joel could
always be found befriending and seeking out those who were
in need of comfort and those who really needed a friend.
He will be greatly missed by everyone who knew him, especially
his family with whom he was very close.
Joel married Melissa Carling June 10, 2011, in the Salt
Lake Temple. He loved Melissa and her family, including
parents Jay and Maria Carling, and Melissa’s brother
Jason and his wife Marcella, and their children.
Joel is survived by his wife, Melissa, of American Fork;
his parents, Bryon and Susann Larson of Cedar Hills; brothers
Jared (Jessica), American Fork, Justin and Jordan, Cedar
Hills, and a sister, Jennifer (Robert) Arthur of Oak Harbor,
Washington. Also, five nieces, two nephews, and numerous
aunts, uncles, and cousins. He was preceded in death by
his grandparents, Bill and Myrtle Hellewell and Fred and
Laverne Larson and his Aunt Renee' Larson.
Services will be held Wednesday, May 16, 2012 at 11:00
am at the American Fork 18th Ward Chapel, 381 South 300
East, American Fork, bishop’s counselor Michael Pierce
conducting. Family and friends may call Tuesday evening,
May 15, 2012 from 6:00 to 8:00 pm at Warenski Funeral Home,
1776 North 900 East, American Fork and Wednesday morning
from 10:00 to 10:45 am prior to services the church. Interment
will be in the American Fork Cemetery.
The family would like to thank the Utah County emergency
and rescue personnel and the law enforcement officers who
responded to the accident, for their extreme kindness and
professionalism during this tragedy. The family has setup
a fund on behalf of Joel's wife, Melissa, at the Bank of
American Fork. Donations will be gratefully accepted at
any branch office in Joel's name.