Ancestors of Jerome Edward Larsen


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1. Jerome Edward LARSEN,1,2 son of Loyd Edwin LARSEN and Doris Ruth DAVENPORT, was born on 29 Sep 1939 in Portland, Multnomah, OR.

General Notes: Jerome Edward Larsen (Jerry) was born 9 Sep 1939 at Emanuel Hospital, Portland Oregon. His parents were Loyd E. Larsen and Doris Davenport Larsen. When he was about a year old, the family moved to Chicago, IL, where his father worked for Silvray Lighting. In 1942 or 1943, they moved to Bayside, Queens, New York City, where his father worked for Western Electric Co., subcontracting radar component work for the war effort. In 1944, Loyd's father John purchased a defunct poultry incubator company in Portland. Jerry and family moved back to Portland, so Loyd could run the company. Jerry started kindergarten at Beaumont Grade School, in September of 1944, while the family temporarily lived with John and Brynhild, Loyd's parents. In early 1945, they moved into a bungalow house in North Portland, which they purchased from the estate of Martin and Thea Larsen. Martin was the brother of John B. Larsen. Jerry lived there until 1957.

Jerry attended Ockley Green Grade School from 1945 until 1953, and Jefferson High School from 1953 until he graduated in 1957, both schools in North Portland. Music and art were his main interests, along with math and science courses. While in the 4th grade, he won a state-wide first place award for crayon art sponsored by Milton Bradley. In later years he created a number of pen-and-ink and watercolor works. He took classical piano lessons from 1945 to 1954. He took up the bassoon in the 7th grade, and while in high school he was the principal bassoonist in the Portland Junior Symphony. He played in a variety of pit orchestras and with the local opera company. He sang in the school chorus also.

In December 1956, while in his senior year in high school, he joined the Naval Reserve. Following graduation, he was called to active duty in October of 1957. While attending Communications Technician school in Imperial Beach CA, he received orders to the Naval Academy Preparatory School in Bainbridge MD. In June of 1958, he entered the US Naval Academy at Annapolis, MD having passed the tests associated with entering the academy from enlisted status. While at Annapolis, Jerry sang in the glee club all four years, and was a member of the varsity gymnastics team, where he competed on the pommel horse. He received his commission as an ensign and his batchelor of science degree in general engineering in June of 1962.

Following graduation, Jerry was assigned to the guided missile destroyer USS Buchanan, home ported in San Diego, CA. Before reporting to the ship, he met his wife-to-be Janet Marie McCarty, who was teaching school in Portland. They were engaged to be married eleven days after meeting each other. Jerry then reported to his ship, which was soon sent to the shipyard in Bremerton, WA for repairs. The Cuban Missile crisis occurred in October of 1962. The ship was placed in full preparation for wartime activity; Jerry and Jan were married on 4 days notice, on 27 Oct 1962. The ship returned to San Diego after the crisis was defused. Jan joined him there in December 1962. The ship deployed to the Western Pacific in March 1963. While on this cruise, it visited Hawaii, Australia, Guam, Japan and Hong Kong. He returned in November, and their first child, Marcia, was born 13 Dec 1963.

Jerry transferred to the staff of Amphibious Squadron Seven, located in Long Beach, CA, in 1964, where he bacame the Squadron Communications Officer. The squadron deployed to Vietnam in 1965, and ran several amphibious operations, including Operation Starlight, the first wartime operation since the Korean war. When he left for this 9-month cruise, he left Jan with a 1-month old baby, Brian, who was born 22 Jan 1965, and with Marcia, who was 14 months old. Following this deployment, he resigned his commission and left the Navy in January 1967.

The family then moved back to Portland, where Jerry joined Pacific Northwest Bell in a management capacity. Following several first and second level line and staff positions, Jerry was promoted to a position with AT&T headquarters in Manhattan, New York City in September 1970. The family moved to Murray Hill, NJ, where the children started their schooling. He was transferred back to PNB March 1973, to a Portland District Plant Manager position. In 1975, he became the Plant Personnel Manager, followed by an appointment as Labor Relations Director for Oregon. In 1979 the family moved again to Bremerton, WA, and in 1980 to Spokane, WA, and finally back to Portland in 1983 as the AT&T Operations Director, with about 400 technical and support employees, for Oregon, upon the Bell System divestiture of the operating companies. In 1987 the family moved once again to Danville, CA where Jerry assumed the position of Staff Director for the AT&T Western Region, located in Oakland, CA. He took an early retirement offer in 1989, and they moved back again to Portland in early 1990. After a brief stint of financial planning while associated with an insurance agency, he joined the State of Oregon as a personnel manager with an agency, followed by serving as Lead Auditor for Human Resources, managing a team of auditors that conducted performance audits of all the state agencies. He retired again in 1998, did a couple of years of computer project management consulting work, and then fully retired in their home in Tualatin, OR, a suburb of Portland.

During retirement, up until this writing (2009), Jerry and Jan have enjoyed camping with friends in their 26' travel trailer, motoring around the country (have visited every state except Alaska) on several extended trips, and family activities with both children and 4 grandchildren, all of whom live in the Portland area. Jerry has been active in several choruses, including many performances as a bass soloist. He has volunteered as a budget committee member for the local school district for several years, and launched the alumni newsletter for the Portland Youth Philharmonic. In May 2009, he held a reunion of his Naval Academy classmates who live in the northwest. Genealogy has been a major activity for both Jerry and Jan, and their family tree database contains over 16,000 names. Along the way, Jerry learned to speak/read and write passable Norwegian, from where his immigrant grandparents came.

Written September 2009, Jerry age 70

Noted events in his life were:

Name Sake:Jerome Napolean Remington

Jerome married Janet Marie McCARTY, daughter of Mark John McCARTY and Mabel Estella NORTON, on 27 Oct 1962 in Portland, Multnomah, OR. Janet was born on 11 Sep 1939 in Los Angeles, Los Angeles, CA and was christened on 2 Apr 1944 in Los Angeles, Los Angeles, CA.

Children from this marriage were:

          i.  Marcia Elizabeth LARSEN was born on 13 Dec 1963 in La Jolla, San Diego, CA and was christened on 23 Feb 1964 in San Diego, San Diego, CA.

         ii.  Brian Edward LARSEN was born on 22 Jan 1965 in Long Beach, Los Angeles, CA and was christened on 19 Apr 1965 in Portland, Multnomah, OR.

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