It is with great sadness that we say goodbye to our loving son and brother, Earl Russell Sholey Larson, who has passed away at the age of 28 on Nov. 1, 2022. He was born on April 26, 1994. Some people struggle to function in a broken world, and for Earl that struggle manifested in addiction and mental illness. He perceived injustice strongly from a young age, and reserved his trust and respect for those who he sensed would have provided love and compassion for all beings. Earl was a resilient child who had a kind and loving heart. One way he showed it was by taking care of animals like his favorite cat, Cybal, and his sister’s dog, Trixie. His clever sense of humor constantly made people laugh and put them at ease. For as long as we can remember, he could very easily fill sketchbooks with elaborate works of art using only a pen and a highlighter. Creativity and wit colored everything he did, from writing to pottery.
“The moment that you left us, our heart was split in two: one side was filled with memories: the other side died with you. We often lay awake at night when the world is fast asleep, We take a walk down memory lane with tears upon our cheek. Remembering you is easy, we do it everyday: but missing you is a heartache that never goes away. We hold you tightly in our heart and there you will remain: life has gone on without you, but it will never be the same.”
Earl is survived by his mother, Tammy Sholey Larson, his father, Russell Larson, his sister, Cassy Sholey Larson, his brother-in-law, Michael Sowell, Grandmother Diane Sholey, Grandfather Gerald Larson, many aunts, uncles and cousins as well as numerous friends from all walks of life in Butte and Missoula, MT. He is preceded in death by his maternal grandfather, Earl R. Sholey, and his paternal grandmother, Elly Reys Larson.
A private service will be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers, donations are encouraged to the PATH Program, the Mobile Support Team.
Donations are made to the PATH Program via checks made out to Western Montana Mental Health Center, with PATH in the memo line. They can be mailed to Alex Cimperman at 1321 Wyoming St., Missoula, MT 59801. Cash or checks can be left with Chris Fellet at the same address.
Donations are made to the Mobile Support Team via checks made out to Missoula Fire Dept. with Mobile Support Team in the memo line. They can be mailed to 625 E. Pine St.
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Axelson Funeral and Cremation Services has been privileged to care for Earl and his family.