Daniel “Dan the Man” Paul Larson

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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.

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  • Teresa Koch says:

    My heart goes out to you all. Dan was very special in our lives and will remain in our hearts and thoughts forever.

  • Sheri Marquart-Muchow says:

    My deepest Hugs and Thoughts are definitely with you at this time of loss. Jen 😥 I don’t know what else to say, but just shed a tear and remember seeing you guys together, no matter where you were when I saw you guys, with big smiles on your faces and dancing together!

  • Steve Harstad and Barb Kirkpatrick says:

    Good man gone to soon

  • I am so sorry for the whole family with the loss of Dan. He was always such a good guy to me, no matter what. He will be missed. I will always remember his kindness and amazing sense of humor. Dan, I am glad you have no more pain.

  • Howard Smedsrud says:

    Dan (Dan the Man’s) family, it saddens me to see that Dan has passed away, I’ll miss not running into him at the Sehr family 4th of July parties or on the street. I guess God has a better plan for Dan, Rest in Peace, you’re family are my thoughts and prayers .

  • Jessica Lambertz says:

    Jen and family you are in our prayers…

  • Rita n Tom Kannas says:

    Our deepest sympathies to Dans family.. our son &fiancé live across the alley so we were able to visit with him when we were there. May your memories give u strength and guidance!!May Dan Rest In Peace and suffer no more .. Tom n Rita Kannas

  • Jen & Bryan Rossow says:

    We would like to pass on our condolences. Dan was truly one of a kind and will be missed. Sending healing thoughts of comfort and compassion to Dan’s entire family and all he made friends with along on his ride through this life.

  • Couldn’t ask for a better cousin. Sending our Condolences and prayers.

  • Anita says:

    Prayers and Sympathy for Dans family, Dan was a classmate (andSteve)Andrea is married to our cousin so always heard some about him- He sure fought a good fight , RIP Dan!

  • Valerie Lape says:

    Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this difficult time, he will be missed would always stop and say hey on his way back from going down to the dump, selfless man always will to help with what ever, may he ride that endless smooth highway in the sky .RIP FRIEND Den n Val Lape

  • Jen and Bryan Rossow says:

    We offer our sincerest condolences in this time of loss. Could always count on him for a smile, he will be missed greatly. Sending comforting thoughts of peace to all family and friends he met on his ride if life.

  • Rich Larson says:

    My sympathies and respect for a great mechanic. They don’t make em like him no more. Rich Larson Owner LawMotors

  • Andrea Rezac says:

    Dan had such a big heart and was one of the kindest souls I had ever met. Rest Easy old friend.

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