January 5, 1961
Moab Police Department
Officer Larsen was murdered in the Moab City Police station. Shortly before 11 p.m., the night shift officer arrived at the station to relieve Officer Larsen. He found the 21-year-old victim on the floor dead of multiple gunshot wounds. Investigators determined that Officer Larsen was seated at a desk with his back to the door when someone entered the station and shot him as he typed his reports. Footprints in the snow led officers to the home of a man with a grudge against local law enforcement. Inside, they found the suspect dying of a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head. Officer Larsen was married and the father of a small child. He is buried in Grand Valley Cemetery, Moab. His bronze memorial plaque is sponsored by Orem DPS Chief Michael and Lynette Larsen.