Daniel “Dan the Man” Paul Larson
May 7, 1965 ~ July 13, 2021
Dan P. Larson, 56, Valley Springs, died Tuesday, July 13, 2021, at Ava’s House, in Sioux Falls, after a long battle with cancer.
Visitation with family present will be 4-6:30 pm, Friday, July 16, 2021, at the Brandon Assembly of God Church with Memorial Services beginning at 6:30 pm. The funeral service for Dan will be Live- Streamed at 6:30 pm to this site: http://brandonvalley.online.church. A reception will be held immediately following a procession from the church to the Red Rock Bar and Grill. The family requests that guests attending wear Harley Davidson gear or firefighter apparel. They also request that in lieu of flowers, donations be made to the Valley Springs Fire Department in Dan’s memory.
Daniel Paul Larson was born on May 7, 1965, to Larry and Karen (Hofstad) Larson, in Sioux Falls. He was raised in the Brandon Valley area, attending Valley Springs Elementary, and graduated from Brandon Valley High School. He attended Central Baptist Church in Sioux Falls while growing up and was active in their youth group playing church league softball and volleyball. Dan was a very mechanical person. He could fix anything. After graduating he worked for Bill’s Amoco in Sioux Falls, Exhaust Pros, Automotive Brake and Exhaust, and then in 2015, started at Blaine’s Service in Brandon. Dan also was an active volunteer with the Valley Springs Fire Department since 2007. On September 15, 1990, Dan married Jenny Hallauer in Sioux Falls. They were blessed with two boys, Remington and Riley.
Dan’s passions in life included his family, the fire department, cars, and motorcycles. Dan was a very gifted mechanic and was always willing to help anyone out. Jenny referred to him as her “MacGyver.” If you needed to find Dan after work, the first place you checked was his shop. He could be found there even at 2:30 in the morning working on, repairing a vehicle. Dan was a very generous person who would befriend anyone. He made time for everybody and made them feel like they were the most important person in the world. Dan was a practical joker and a happy-go-lucky guy, always having a smile on his face. One of his well-known pranks was taking new and unsuspecting friends down Spook Road in the pitch black of night, with the lights off, while driving at a high rate of speed. He loved taking trips with his motorcycle buddies. Dan enjoyed leaving his mark on the streets with his Dodge Dart burnouts!
Even in the last days of his fight with cancer, Dan was optimistic and positive, while rarely missing a day of work. In all of his humility, Dan had a hard time accepting the help of others and was overwhelmed by all of the generosity of others.
Dan will be deeply missed by his wife of 30 years, Jenny, Valley Springs; two sons, Remington and Riley, Valley Springs; his parents, Larry and Karen Larson, Brandon; three siblings, Tracy (Jon) South, Brandon, Steve (Jeannie) Larson, New Hall, CA, and Andrea (Tom) McDonald, Sioux Falls; sisters and brother-in-law, Julie (Mike) Kelly, Jodi (Shane) Mulroy, Valley Springs, Jolene Hallauer, Sioux Falls, Jerod (fiancée Christine) Hallauer, Sioux Falls; and many nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends.