Larry John Jansen, 83, died Aug. 4 from complications with dementia at his home in Ivins, Utah, with his wife Judy, stepdaughter Deanne Martin and grandson Jerimiah Martin by his side.
Larry was born Jan. 5, 1937, in Flanagan, Illinois, to the late John A. and Hazel M. (Finkelson) Jansen. He was second to the youngest of six children. His family moved to Jackson in 1947, where he attended school. He was drafted and served two years in the Army at Fort Carson, Colorado.
His family and friends will remember him as a creative, energetic and amiable guy who was always “tinkering.” He enjoyed skiing, snowmobiling and led several hunting trips.
He married Joyce Ellen Zook in 1966 in Jackson. He and Joyce owned and operated Fort Elk Springs, a small bar, gas station and convenience store that offered float trips on the Snake River south of Jackson near Hoback Junction. They adopted two girls — Joyce Hazel and Amber Lee — and later divorced.
Larry’s passion and lifelong career began in the 1970s when he started building log furniture from lodgepole pine. He created his own business, Lodgepole Furniture Mfg., a complete line of handcrafted pole and rawhide furnishings for the home and business.
Larry loved to craft rustic log furniture for homes, hotels/resorts and ranches in Wyoming and throughout the country.
Larry married Judy (Martin) on April 19, 1980, in Jackson and gained six stepchildren.
He and Judy expanded the furniture business to include a line of aspen furniture and opened a shop in Ivins, Utah, where they retired in 2011.
Larry also took pleasure in going on drives with Judy in his classic Cadillacs he bought over the years, and they enjoyed traveling, even adventuring on a trip to Alaska.
Larry is survived by his wife, Judy; daughters Joy (Clayton) Pape of San Antonio, Texas, and Amber Jansen of Las Vegas, Nevada; stepchildren Connie Martin of Dallas, Coleen (Rodney) Opland of La Crescenta, California, Dennis (Amy) Martin of Middleburg, Florida, Deanne Martin of Ivins, Utah, and Paul (Amy) Martin of Orem, Utah; 15 grandchildren; his brother Harold (Gene) Jansen of Jackson, sister Mary (Tillie) Robertson of Jackson, and brother Richard (Rick) and Carol Jansen of Jackson.
Larry was preceded in death by his parents, John and Hazel Jansen; his sister Donis May Hughes of Pueblo, Colorado; a stepson, Timothy Martin of Ivins, Utah; and brother Harlan Milton Jansen of Ivins, Utah.
The family thanks Home Helpers, especially Ben, Nancy and Sydney, and Dixie Hospice, especially Britni, Mark, Craig and Mimi, for all their help.
Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Oct. 15 at the Ivins City Cemetery. Due to COVID-19, masks and social distancing requirements will be observed, and there will be no gathering after for the safety of everyone.
Arrangements are entrusted to the care of Metcalf Mortuary. Visit MetcalfMortuary.com for condolences.