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Lawrence Gordon Knudsen

Lawrence Gordon Knudsen, 79, passed away Tuesday, January 3, 2023, after a courageous battle with diabetes and Parkinson’s. Larry was born on September 6, 1943, in Salt Lake City, Utah.

Larry was the son of Gordon A. and Beth Garrett Knudsen. He was the second child of five. Larry married Mary Ellen Ward of Malad, Idaho, on September 2, 1966, in the Salt Lake City Utah Temple. Larry was educated in Salt Lake City and graduated from Granite High School in 1962. After a year at the University of Utah, Larry served a mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in the Central British Mission. He was in England and Wales and loved it.

Larry was an active member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and held many calling's – Teacher, Quorum Leader, Counselor in Bishopric, Branch President – among others.

Larry served on the Malad City Council. He also sat on the Nell J. Redfield Memorial Hospital board. Larry loved Malad, its beauty, its people and everything about it.

Larry was a wonderful teacher and mentor. He loved sports of any kind, but mostly baseball and fencing. He happened into the banking profession, and it ended up being his lifelong occupation.

Larry is survived by his wife, Mary Ellen and two children, Scott Lawrence of Pocatello, Idaho, and Natalie (Page) Monney, also of Pocatello, Idaho; three grandchildren, Colt, Afton and Morgan Monney; a brother, Dave (Cindy) of St. George, Utah; a sister, Liz (Galen) Merrell of Sandy, Utah; and brother-in-law, Doyle Nelson of West Jordan, Utah. He was preceded in death by his parents, Gordon and Beth Knudsen, sister Charlene Nelson and brother, Kris Knudsen.

Funeral services were held on Monday, January 9, 2023, at 12:00 noon, with a viewing at 10:30 to 11:30 at the Malad Stake Center (First Ward) 1250 North 1100 West, Malad, Idaho. Burial followed at the Malad City Cemetery.

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