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LaRon Falslev celebrates his 90th birthday on Sunday, Oct. 7 at the Benson Church, one day early. A lifelong resident, he was born to Oga Lorenzo Jensen and Sylvia Nelson Falslev and raised in Benson. He only left Benson to tour Germany with the United States Army during the post WWII occupation.

While he enjoyed Germany, his bride, Doris Hansen Falslev of College Ward, served a mission in eastern Virginia. They were married Nov. 10, 1950. Upon reuniting, they settled in Benson at the old “Ballard Place” in southwest Benson, between Howard Johnson and Gordon Ricks.

Always the animal lover and family man, he dreamt of owning a large cattle ranch in Montana, and even made a few trips to view properties, before finally settling on the small dairy, previously owned by Thain’s and Izatt’s, where he lives today. This allowed him to stay close to his brothers who operated farms in Benson and most of his sisters who also remained in Cache Valley. “Ron” loved his dairy animals and had names for most of them. He was always bringing stray cats, dogs, and even the occasional horse home.

To support his nine children, he worked for Utah State University in the physical plant. He made many friends while keeping the campus presentable and eventually spent the last couple decades as the primary driver of the garbage truck around campus. Bud Pitcher, a locksmith from Smithfield, Deon Kingsford from Franklin, Albert “Ferdinand”, and “Smitty” (Smith) were some of his favorite co-workers.

His favorite color is green, and he loves to see crops in a consistent spread across a field. He was truly outstanding in his fields of endeavor. Many summer nights he would sleep in his pickup between water changes, milking and his day job at the university. He is an excellent gardener and loved to share the bounty with friends near and far. He loves Cache Valley and believes it is the prettiest country in the world; the temptation to fish in southern Idaho with brother-in-law Otto Degn or to relax in Logan Canyon always beckoned him from his chores.

Siblings are Wilma (Otto) Degn, Rulon (LaRae) Falslev, George Maurice Falslev, Leo Falslev, Harold N. (Twila) Falslev, Evelyn (Larry) Larsen, Shirley (Hershel) Pedersen, Joan (Heber) Lundberg, Larry J. (RoAnn/Mary) Falslev, Norma (James) Hancey, and Arlene (Gary) Hobbs.

LaRon, along with his children Judy (Bob) Davis, Marla Gene (Duane) Brown, Marilyn (Joseph) Creech, Scott (Diane) Falslev, Lynn (Tina) Falslev, William (Leslie) Falslev, Ronda (Sheldon) Olson, Laurie (Nephi) Wirthlin, and Shane (Angie) Falslev would love to see you Sunday, Oct. 7 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. in the evening at the Benson Ward church. No gifts, the pleasure of your company is enough.

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