George Larson, 1937-2017
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Posted by Hannah Nash (+2172) 5 days ago
Sunday night, Miles City lost one of its own.

George Larson, you will be missed by the legions of young people you've employed over the years. You gave my son his first pair of left-handed scissors, and made sure he learned to turn the paper so he would write with his hand in the correct position. You've mentored countless folks through the decades and always made the theatre feel like family. For many young people you and Bob gave them their very first paying job at the Montana Theatre.

For anyone inquiring about a service, here is where it will be posted: http://stevensonfuneralho...es/679035/

The past and present theatre employees-- I will keep you posted on any special announcements or gatherings.

Thank you, and god speed, George.

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Posted by Mary Catherine Dunphy (+543) 5 days ago
I will miss George too! George Larson is the photographer who photographed Ted Kennedy riding the bucking bronco at the Eastern Montana Fair during the 1960 presidential campaign. That photo became world famous.

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Posted by Amorette Allison (+8333) 4 days ago
The last touchstone of my childhood. He worked with my mother, Gordie Spear, Pat Gudmundson and Sue Connors in the greatest newsroom the Star ever had. He took my wedding pictures. I will miss him. When I saw the marquee last night, I started to cry.
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Posted by Amorette Allison (+8333) 3 days ago
Someone came in the office today asking a question and I thought, you know who would know the answer? George. Broke my heart a little.
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Posted by Forsyth Mike (+347) 3 days ago
I don't even know when I first met George, but it had to be at least 25 or more years ago. We didn't talk all that often but I considered him a good friend. Occasionally we would need a movie poster for the Roxy, or we would swap films, or he would stop by my day job at Carquest in Forsyth and shoot the breeze about cars. He was one of a kind and one of the nicest folks I ever knew. Enjoy the show, George, and godspeed.
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Posted by Dr Mac (+72) 2 days ago
So sorry to hear about the death of this incredible photographer. Worked with him and other greats at the Star while in high school and college in the 1960s. Learned so much from that crew.
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Posted by Richard Bonine, Jr. (+12856) 2 days ago
With the passing of George, Miles City lost a legendary icon. He served as a touchstone and mentor for many others, including myself. He will be greatly missed.

I met George when I was in the 7th grade. He interviewed me after winning an award at a range judging contest. He was involved as a chapter advisor for many years with the local FFA chapter. When I was a senior in high school I was elected FFA Chapter reporter. I was actually a little disappointed as I had run as Chapter President. George took me under his wing and taught me how to take good pictures and fueled a passion for photography which is still with me today. One of my prouder accomplishments was a slide-show I put together for the 79 FFA banquet. George help me get the equipment together and showed me how it all worked. We had two slide projectors and a box that faded between slides and projectors. He helped me record the sound track. It was state of the art for the time.

George was an audiophile. He owned arguably the best sound system in Miles City. When he went to work at the MT Theater, one of the first items he focused on was improving the sound system. I don't think the average Miles City movie-goer truly appreciates just how wonderful the theater sounds. The MT Theater is a unique experience, unrivaled anywhere. George took great delight in the theater and what it had to offer.

George was also involved in the early days of KXXE, Miles City's first FM radio station. Until that point only AM radio existed. He was always buzzing about what was going on at the radio station and how great it sounded.

George also worked for Xerox as a sales person. He sold a number of FAX machines and word processors just prior to the first computers and Wordperfect.

George was an advocate for sex-education. He arrange annually for Dr. Randall to come give a presentation to the FFA chapter on the topic. George routinely said "have fun, but be responsible".

Cities are sometime spoken of as lights on a hill. Each one of the residents is a candle which collectively make up the cities' point of light. Miles Cities light just became a little dimmer. We will miss George. Rest in peace, George, rest in peace.

[Edited by Richard Bonine, Jr. (2/17/2017 1:30:05 PM)]
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Posted by Amorette Allison (+8333) yesterday
Just came back from George's funeral. Graveside services will be followed by lunch at the Parlor so if you missed the services, please, join at the Parlor for food and conversation, two of George's favorite things.
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