Linn Larson, 59, of Dows, Iowa, passed away Tuesday, May 15, 2018, at Mercy Medical Center - North Iowa in Mason City.
He was born July 18, 1958, in Eagle Grove, Iowa, to Robert and Irene (Steffen) Larson. Linn graduated from Eagle Grove High School. He attended United Electronics Institute in West Des Moines as well as the Iowa Law Enforcement Academy in Johnston. His education continued with many certification classes from various law enforcement centers. Linn's law enforcement career began in 1978 working as a patrolman for the city of Belmond. There he worked his way through the ranks and was promoted to Sergeant and became Chief of Police in 1983, serving for 23 years. Linn left Belmond Police Department after serving 28 years.
On December 22, 1989, Linn was united in marriage to Judy Klave. In 1993, the couple welcomed their pride and joy, daughter Heidi. In 2006, he accepted a position with Franklin County Sheriff's Office. In 2008, Linn was offered and accepted the Chief Deputy position. In 2016, he was elected as Franklin County Sheriff.
During his career in law enforcement, Linn was involved in many organizations some of which include Iowa Law Enforcement Intelligence Network, NCINTF's Special Operations Group, as well as Sheriffs and Deputies Association.
He enjoyed kayaking, fishing, amateur radio and spending quality time with his daughter, Heidi.
Linn was devoted to his work of law enforcement.
Linn is survived by his wife Judy Larson of Dows, daughter Heidi Larson of Waverly, brother Tim Larson of Des Moines, niece Janet (Carly) Larson of California, niece Jamie (Will) Holmes of Des Moines, niece Jodi Larson of Des Moines, aunt Nelda (Ernie) Kiley, aunt Betty Conaway, aunt Sonia (Joe) Martini, along with great nieces and nephews, cousins and friends.
He was preceded in death by his parents, nephew Joel Larson and aunts and uncles.
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My condolences to the family. I am sorry for your loss. Please accept God's Word's of comfort , found at Acts 24:15. You have my deepest sympathy.
My heartfelt sympathy to Linn's family and friends. He was a very kind, knowledgeable man who was dedicated to his job and the citizens of Franklin County. He will be missed by all whose life he touched. Toni Wilkinson, Franklin County Recorder
As new neighbors, we only had one opportunity to meet Linn. He seemed to be a wonderful individual, and people we visited with in the community spoke very highly of him. We are sorry that we did not have the opportunity to know him better.
As new neighbors, we only had one opportunity to meet Linn. He seemed to be a wonderful person, and people we visited with in the community spoke very highly of Linn. We are sorry that we did not have the good fortune of knowing him better.
Worked with Linn for many years and never knew a more honest or conscientious Law Enforcement Officer. He will be greatly missed by all who knew him. Respectfully, Marty Martin, MCPD Ret.
Linn was such a great guy. Enjoyed talking to talking to him at LEIN conferences.. RIP .. You will be missed.
I always looked forward to Linn’s help and bright shining personality at the LEIN Conference. He was a great role model and leader and I will miss him. My sympathy goes out to him family and his Department on this great loss.
Sincerely, Holly Witt
Our sincere sympathy from the "Class of 1976" in Eagle Grove. We have shared the sad news on the class group site and thoughts & prayers for your family at this time of loss! A donation will be given to Eagle Grove Dollars for Scholars in honor of Linn. Sincerely, Barb (Thompson) Dooley
Please take good care of Linn. He took such good care of all of us in his community for years, now it's his turn to be at Peace. It was our pleasure and honor to know you...... We must choose JOY!
Rick and Julie Salvesen
Chief Larson was my first chief as he hired me in 1992. I will always remember Linn as a fearless, brave, respected, and smart leader while showing compassion and care to his subordinates and always listening before acting. Good chief and man! Thoughts and prayers for Judy and Heidi and the Franklin County Law Enforcement community.
I have known Linn for many years. He was such a positive influence on Iowa’s law enforcement community. He was a leader, mentor, and friend to many. He will be missed.
A great man you will be dearly missed.
Sympathy to all friends and family.
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