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Posted by Amorette F. Allison (+1906) 5 years ago
The Dot Man has gone. Miles City had a very great one. We will always remember you, Gene.
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Posted by Jeri Dalbec (+2915) 5 years ago
R.I.P., Gene Larson. A wonderful, talented man. He will be missed.
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Posted by Josh Rath (+2307) 5 years ago
That is very sad to hear. I enjoyed my time that I got to know and spend with Gene throughout my years at 92.3FM. Many laughs were shared along with many hi-jinks too. One moment that I wish I had saved in it's entirety, that many forum oldies may remember, is the 4th of July People Parade from 2009. That year, Gene took over the radio waves once again and hosted the broadcast from 508 Main St for the radio listeners along with the 400+ Live viewers online. However, due to a certain person forgetting to enable his microphone input on stream, the stream viewers could only hear him faintly doing what he does best and the sounds of Downtown Miles City. I know I'll greatly miss him as will many others.

Just one thing I wish to share. The end of that very parade I mentioned, Gene faintly signing off in the background with Tucker and Bart marching down the street to help him out:




As Tucker says: It's the end of the Parade, there ain't no mo.
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Posted by David Schott (+14092) 5 years ago
Sad to hear of Gene's passing. His pointillism drawings of Miles City scenes are truly fantastic.

Gene used to work at KFKF radio in Bellevue, Washington. He sent me a couple of photos from his time there.

RADIO LARSON - ON THE AIR by dave_mcmt, on Flickr

RADIO LARSON TIME FOR-----NEWS! by dave_mcmt, on Flickr
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Posted by Kacey (+3161) 5 years ago
I will miss him. He's been part of my life for so many years. But his time for suffering has finally come to an end and that brings peace. Goodbye dear friend.
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Posted by Wicked Awesome (+33) 5 years ago
http://www.wickedawesomes...llive.html

This is sad news indeed. In memory of Gene here is an interview from the KATL Live Christmas Special. Where he talks about his art, and his radio career. As well as an interview he had with Roy Rogers.
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Posted by MeiMei (+169) 5 years ago
A true gentleman, scholar, and friend! We will miss him!
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Posted by Kacey (+3161) 5 years ago
Thank you for the link. I'm so glad this was done! Although hearing his voice brings tears, thank you.
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Posted by MilesCity.com Webmaster (+9629) 5 years ago
I am sad to hear this. RIP Gene, we'll miss you.
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Posted by Ineedsun (+107) 5 years ago
Sad news. I am from MC originally and about ten years ago I was back and stayed at a hotel on Haynes Avenue (I forget which one). They had Gene's artwork displayed in the lobby. I mentioned how much I liked it to my sister-in-law who lives in MC. She contacted Gene and made arrangements for her and myself to go visit him at his apartment. I purchased two prints that were near and dear to my heart: One showing the Met Cafe (where my mom worked as a waitress when it was the bus stop) and the other of Main Street from the 1960's. I have cherished them for years and they always have a prominent place in my home.
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Posted by Art (+206) 5 years ago
In 1998 I acquired a local print shop. I had a lot to learn about the business, but little did I know how much. Gene came by with a new piece of artwork to have prints made. He informed me that he needed to be present in the press room when the prints were produced so he could oversee the work. I thought that was presumptuous of him and told him so. He persisted in a gentle, but firm way that his work required a very delicate touch in the making of plates and the control of the inking process. He explained that each dot had been individually sized and placed on the drawing to give the desired effect. He wanted to be sure that our printing did justice to his work. He won me over and we spent many years producing his prints to his exacting specifications. As I said....I had a lot to learn.

Gene and I became good friends as he frequently visited the shop and shared his unique sense of humor mixed with news of what was going on in town.

In recent years Gene had several bouts with cancers and his lungs but he always retained that unique spirit and sense of humor. Future visitors to the pearly gates may be greeted by some interesting cartoons.

Good by Mr. Gene.

Art Jacobsen
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Posted by Wayde Carlson (+28) 5 years ago
I met Gene years ago, when I got the picture of "Herbs" to him.
I took that picture in 1967. I assumed everything in Miles City would always be.
I wish I had taken MANY more pics. I assumed he was a, "Artsy" type who wouldn't care to talk with me. He was far from it and with a generation between us-We talked Radio and Ham Radio and the History of Miles City. He CHOSE Miles City as his home.

His art will let Gene live on. At the Range Riders Museum, various places in town and in our homes. I want to note a few things.
He was an ARTIST-Not a "Sketch Artist", as has been said in the past. His work could take 125-200+ hours to do and YES the QUALITY was IMPORTANT to him.

I am happy and appreciative of those who have helped him in this last year. I do not know what his final wishes were. They may have changed recently.

I would like to say what Gene told me.
"I want to be creamated."
AND put on the container..."GOOD TO THE LAST DOT."

I know he is smiling. Quick-witted always!
I am smiling also, thinking of our time together.
I have to say one last thing that I use to bug gene with...NO, he is NOT the guy that worked at the theater!
I HAD to get it in one more time, sorry Gene.
A GREAT GUY IS GONE. An intelligent gentleman, whose art ability was tremendous in his history and cartoon work.
We ARE lucky to have had him with us and to have his work to remember him by. Wayde
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Posted by Richard Bonine, Jr. (+14068) 5 years ago
Sad news. I met Gene at the fair a couple of years ago. Wish I knew him better. Miles City has lost a great citizen.
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Posted by Juan Agular (+42) 5 years ago
I knew Gene in Seattle. We would share stories over coffee. His alter ego was "The Old Timer". He was a wonderful interviewer and artist. RIP, Gene.
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Posted by mike osthus (+6) 5 years ago
sorry to hear about Gene. My mom is going to miss his daily phone calls. The last call she got was when he entered the hospital, I finally had to look him up to see what happened. I want to send condolences to all his friends and family.
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Posted by David Schott (+14092) 5 years ago
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