Jessica Marie Larson was born September 6, 1982 at Great Lakes, IL to Mike and Sandy (Palmer) Larson. In her early life, as a member of a “Marine Corps Family,” she lived in various areas of the U.S. and overseas before moving to Mitchell in 1998. While attending Mitchell High School she participated in both volleyball and basketball, served as Vice President of MHS Student Council, was selected the Exchange Club “Student of the Year,” and was valedictorian of the class of 2001. Jess attended the First United Methodist Church, actively participated in the community, earned the Girl Scout Silver Award, and was presented the Congressional Gold Award on the floor of U.S. Senate. During her high school and college years, she was a radio announcer at KORN-Q107 Radio and was host of “J-Lar in the Mid-Day.” After high school she attended the University of South Dakota where she was a Presidential Alumni Scholar, served on the Vermillion Literary Project, was a USD Tech Fellow, and studied abroad in Spain. Jess graduated from USD in 2006 with degrees in Mass Communications, English, and Spanish. After college, she was employed in Phoenix, AZ until she returned home to fight her battle with Alveolar Soft Parts Sarcoma.
Jessica is survived by her parents, Mike and Sandy Larson of Mitchell, two sisters, Carrie “CJ” Larson of Mitchell, Jacki Larson of South Bend, IN, one brother, Steven Larson of Mitchell, her significant other, Dan Finch of Mitchell, her maternal grandmother, Norma Palmer of DeSmet and paternal grandmother, Lois Larson of Iroquois. She was preceded in death by her maternal grandfather, Edward Palmer and paternal grandfather, Charles Larson.
entry posted by Mark & Christy Westerman on 04-10-2008
Mike, I'm so sorry to hear about this, I only found out about it today - please accept our belated condolences.
entry posted by Jessica Flowers on 02-10-2008
Although I knew Jess only a short while in high school, I will never forget the inside jokes and laughs we shared in the classes we had together. She was a very kind and special person, and she will be greatly missed, as she was an inspiration to all! Our prayers and sympathies are with her family and Dan. See you in heaven Jess!
Jessica Flowers & TJ Christensen & family
entry posted by Patricia & Doane Mortenson on 02-09-2008
Our thoughts and prayers are with you.
Patricia and Doane
entry posted by Chris & Jennifer Johnston on 02-09-2008
Dan and Family - Jessica was a special friend and a gift from God. I look back on all the memories we shared together and it brings a smile to my face... she was a wonderful person and someone we will never forget. We will just have to continue our journey together in heaven...We're thinking of you, and sending all our love.
entry posted by Duane & Jodi (Larson) Hanson on 02-08-2008
We are so sorry for your loss. May God comfort you and your familly now and always.
entry posted by Shawn & Tracey Hays on 02-08-2008
We were so sorry to hear about Jessica's passing. We are friends of Steve Larson & Deb Storm. Although, we did not have the pleasure of ever meeting Jessica personally, she was a beautiful girl and had already accomplished so much in her young life that she truly is an inspiration ! Our hearts and prayers go out to all of the family.
Shawn & Tracey Hays, Snellville, Georgia
entry posted by Susan Perdue on 02-08-2008
I had the privilege of working with Jessica in Phoenix; I don't think my mind will ever be able to forget her sweet giggle. I told her once that it had to be music to her mother's ears. Your entire family has my deepest sympathy in the loss of such a beautiful person as she was.
entry posted by Ken Niedfeldt on 02-08-2008
My prayers are with your whole family. Having lost Jan to
cancer 5 years ago I know how you must be feeling.
entry posted by Steve Rau on 02-08-2008
Your daughter was a gifted, talented and involved individual and surely the world is a better place because of her. My sympathy to you and your family.
Otter Tail Power
entry posted by Marla & Curtis Smith & family on 02-08-2008
We have all been blessed to experience Jessica's valient and loving spirit, as she shared her insights and wisdom on her CarePage throughout her battle with cancer. We are grateful for the many good people who have been passionate in their support and prayers on Jessica's behalf. It's comforting to know that there is so much goodness in the world. To Mike, Sandy, and Steven, we send our love and prayers to each of you.
entry posted by Becky Dean on 02-08-2008
Your family is in our thoughts and prayers.
Ray and Randa Dean
entry posted by Charlie Dunbar on 02-08-2008
I'm sorry to hear of the passing of Jess. Your family is in our thoughts and prayers.
Mor-Gran-Sou Electric Cooperative
entry posted by Jeff Mascharka on 02-08-2008
My deepest heartfelt sympathies go out to your family and I will continue to keep you all in my prayers.
entry posted by Sherre Johnson on 02-08-2008
Jessica was part of my working family here in Arizona, what a wonderful, beautiful person. I will cherish the memories of Jessica's ever smiling face. She was an inspiration to me. I will never forget her.
My thoughts and prayers are with Dan and Jessica's family at this time. God Bless
entry posted by Kelly Wolfe on 02-08-2008
Though I've never known Jessica, I do know her father Mike. Mike, I hope that my thoughts and prayers will help you and your family understand my compassion for all of you during this very difficult time. Your faith will carry you through. You have my sympathies.
entry posted by Brian and Diane Epp on 02-08-2008
Mike and Sandy, It was sad to hear of Jess leaving this life and beginning life in a new place. Our hearts go out to you and yours. What is empty here on earth will fill hearts in her new place of joy. God bless.
entry posted by Brian Davidson & Staff on 02-08-2008
Our thought's and prayers are with you all!
entry posted by Paul Wimmer on 02-08-2008
I am so sorry to hear of the passing of Jessica. You are in our thoughts and prayers.
Lincoln Water System
entry posted by Terry Osland & Family on 02-08-2008
Our thoughts are with you during this difficult time.
entry posted by John and Sue Rudick and all at TCIC, INC on 02-08-2008
We see a rainbow which we know ends in heaven and the butterflies who wanted to fly so badly they gave up being a caterpillar. Jessica is at the end of the rainbow to begin the flight because she was loved.
Blessings to all
entry posted by Darlene Johnson on 02-08-2008
Please know that our thoughts and prayers are with you in this time of sorrow.
entry posted by Joel Brick on 02-08-2008
Although I never knew Jessica, I only know her father Mike, I wish to express my deepest sympathy for Jessica and her family and friends. You are in my prayers.
entry posted by Daniel G, Steele on 02-08-2008
My thoughts and prayers go out to all the family members. Jess has truly been an inspiratio.I was amazed by her atittude and courage thoughout her illness and it was noticed by many.
She is in a better place now and without the pain and suffering she had to deal with here on earth. She will be fondly remembered. God Bless
entry posted by David Messing on 02-08-2008
I was so pleased to see she was active in her chruch, and I feel comfortable in knowing she will experience a life so much better than we have on earth. While it is hard for family and friends to to let someone like her go, we all will too meet that same end. The fact is her better life begins now, we all have to wait.
Nebraska City Utilities
entry posted by Curtis C. Rees III on 02-08-2008
We are so sorry to hear of Jessica's passing. You are all in our prayers.
Curtis C. Rees III
and the staff at Western Communictions, Pierre
entry posted by Scott Zmuda & Family on 02-08-2008
Our hearts go out to you and your whole family during this time.
entry posted by Josh Krohn on 02-08-2008
You're in our hearts always Jess
entry posted by Bobbie Williams on 02-07-2008
Words cannot begin to express my sympathies. We are praying for your family. Gold Love and Comfort.
entry posted by Roy & Suzie Drake on 02-07-2008
No words will help ease the pain but please know that our thoughts and prayers are with you all! God Bless