Thursday, November 4, 2010
Posted by Todd Larsen at 8:18 AM
Monday, October 25, 2010
TODD KIM LARSEN
Todd Kim Larsen was born August 28, 1966, in Salt Lake City, Utah, to Kim and Geri Larsen. He passed away at City of Hope Hospital in Duarte, California, on Oct. 16, 2010. Todd was diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia on September 18, 2009, and died from complications following a bone marrow transplant. Todd spent his first seven years in Utah, Idaho, Washington and Oregon because of business opportunities being offered to his father. The traveling finally came to an end in Albuquerque, New Mexico. The first glimpse of what would soon become a long list of talents appeared when Todd was 8 years old. He ran for the Duke City Dashers which was, at the time, the #1 youth track team in the nation. He continued participating in numerous types of athletics throughout his schooling, but his true talent was in Track and Field. During his senior year at Alta High School in Sandy, Utah, he set the state quarter mile record, which remained unchallenged for a number of years. This accomplishment earned him a full ride scholarship to Brigham Young University. During that same year, Todd participated in the National High School Decathalon Championships, where he took 2nd place. The fascinating story that comes out of that decathalon competition occurred during several hours between the two-day event. The young man who placed 1st took lessons from Todd in improving his height in the pole vault. The consequence was—Todd came in 2nd place. Always a teacher and definitely a great sport! As a boy, Todd was very active in scouting, obtaining his “Arrow of Light” award in Cub Scouting and then his “Eagle” award in Boy Scouting at the young age of 13.
Todd was voted “The Most Talented” by his high school senior class. He possessed profound musical abilities and was active in many musical groups and school choirs. Additionally, from his early teen years until 2005, Todd was a member of several performing rock bands. Shortly after college Todd moved with his family to Mesa, Arizona, where he enjoyed working as the assistant track and field coach at Mesa Community College. During this same period, he coached the Alta Mesa Marlins, a youth swim team. A few years later he coached the Val Vista Gators, a swim team in Chandler,
Arizona. Also during his years in Arizona, Todd organized, arranged music for and performed in a 7 man a cappella vocal group called “Reliance.” He had a love for musical theatre, starring two different years in “Westside Story” and, in “Anything Goes” while in college. Todd then moved to Southern California where he performed for a year as a singer in Disneyland's “The Hunchback Of Notre Dame.” He then had the opportunity to portray many characters at Tokyo Disneyland, including Prince Charming and Bert from Mary Poppins. After his return from Japan, he coached swimming for the club team, Novaquatics. He also coached for the Irvine Swim League, first for the Heritage Park Seals and then, for the past seven years, the Northpark Riptide. In 2007, he was the recipient of the Irvine Swim League Coach of the Year award. Todd applied his vast musical talent to teaching Orange County youth when he began offering private music lessons in 2002. Purely by word of mouth, what started as a small hobby quickly turned into a growing business. Todd created a private music school, the Irvine Music Academy, where he offered private lessons in guitar, bass, drums, piano and vocals. His focus was not only on fostering talent in young musicians but also on teaching them about the music business. Through auditions, he created multiple skill-based youth bands. In their respective bands, the students were taught responsibility and time management as well as collaboration and communication skills. Whether coaching, swimming, or teaching music, Todd loved working with “his kids.” Todd and his wife, Kelly, were married in Phoenix, Arizona, on April 22, 2006. They were blessed with many beautiful years together and thousands of priceless memories. He is survived by his wife, Kelly, his 22-month-old son, Garrett, his canine companion, Molly, his parents, Kim and Geri Larsen, his brother, Tyler Larsen, and his sisters, Tiffany (Joseph) Hale and Tina (Ryan) Pini. Todd will be missed by everyone who knew him and loved him.
Posted by Todd Larsen at 9:21 PM
Thursday, October 21, 2010
Todd's funeral proceedings will take place on October 28th at Mariners Church, 10:00am.
Posted by Todd Larsen at 12:00 PM
Wednesday, October 20, 2010
Posted by Todd Larsen at 12:06 PM
Tuesday, October 19, 2010
The OC Register ran a nice article on Todd today...
Posted by Todd Larsen at 1:14 PM
Saturday, October 16, 2010
Our sweet Todd passed away early this morning. We can't begin to express our sorrow. He fought so hard right up to the end. We can find solace in knowing that he is free of pain and tubes now. He must be so glad for that. We will post announcements for the funeral procedings here.
We love you Todd and are so proud of your bright life and valliant fight!
Until we meet again...
Posted by Todd Larsen at 3:41 PM
Friday, October 15, 2010
Todd is in the ICU. He has multiple infections is being put on dialysis and a ventilator. Please pray for him!!!!! Heavenly Father hears our prayers and I know if it is His will that Todd pulls through this, he will. I believe in miracles.
Posted by Todd Larsen at 1:58 PM
Friday, October 1, 2010
Posted by Todd Larsen at 9:52 PM
Thursday, September 30, 2010
Hello friends and family! I wanted to give you a quick update on Todd. He is EATING!!!!! We are so happy. His appetite has returned and he is gaining some weight back. He is still at City of Hope. It's amazing to me that we expected him to be home last April or May and he is STILL there. Every time he gets close to getting out of there something pops up or goes wrong. Poor guy. He is on an emotional roller coaster ride. They have him doing physical therapy daily. He can't go very far without needing a walker or wheelchair. This process is so slow. He needs to be more self-sufficient before they will release him. They are also still reducing some meds before that time. He will be going to a rehabilitation center when he is released. This will be great. He will be able to regain strength through rigorous physical therapy. We don't know how long he will be there. We have learned not to plan on anything when it comes to Leukemia!
Posted by Todd Larsen at 7:32 AM
Monday, August 2, 2010
Posted by Todd Larsen at 10:24 AM
Tuesday, July 27, 2010
I am excited to share with you that our friend Todd Larsen is being honored
at the Leaders of Integrity Awards Luncheon being held at the Radisson
Hotel in Newport Beach on October 13th. This is sure to be a great event
celebrating Todd and three other members of our community that are great
examples of ethical leadership. I hope you will be able to purchase a seat,
a table or help in the sponsorship of the event. Todd is thrilled to
honored in this way and plans to be in attendance with his wife Kelly.
You can secure your reservation or make a pledge by clicking the link
below. I hope to see you there.
Please forward this to any other friends and family that may want to join
us and support Todd at this event.
Posted by Todd Larsen at 10:17 AM
Tuesday, July 13, 2010
Posted by Todd Larsen at 11:46 AM
Darling Mallory Arkin has set up a yummy way to support Todd...this is how the fundraiser will work- starting this Wednesday, you can go to Yogurtland (the Jamboree Rd Irvine Marketplace location) with the attached flyer and make a purchase, the cashier will write Todd's name on the back of the receipt and 15% of each purchase will then be donated to Todd. Yogurtland will make a check out to Todd monthly and give it to Mallory.
Posted by Todd Larsen at 11:07 AM
Saturday, June 5, 2010
Here are some photos of Todd and Garrett on Memorial Day...
Posted by Todd Larsen at 7:33 AM
Wednesday, June 2, 2010
If you would like to purchase any photos from the Todd Rocks Benefit Concert the proceeds will go to Todd and his family! (Thank you Anthony!!!) You can view them at http://www.sport-traiture.com/Music/Todd-Rocks/11207659_dFCrz#785824642_AwpuA
Posted by Todd Larsen at 7:58 AM