……This is what you shall do:  Love the earth and sun and the animals, despise riches, give alms to every one that asks, stand up for the stupid and crazy, devote your income and labor to others, hate tyrants, argue not concerning God, have patience and indulgence toward the people, take off your hat to nothing known or unknown or to any man or number of men, go freely with powerful uneducated persons and with the young and with the mothers of families, read these leaves in the open air every season of every year of your life, re-examine all you have been told at school or church or in any book, dismiss whatever insults you own soul, and your very flesh shall be a great poem and have the richest fluency not only in its words but in the silent lines of its lips and the face and between the lashes of your eyes and in every motion and joint of your body…

Preface from Leaves of Grass, recited by Tim Miller at Mark Larson’s green Burial

Mark Larson’s gift to the community

Welcome to the Mark Larson Memorial site.  Mark continues to be on the minds of his friends and relatives.  It seems he left us too soon but that’s the way the cookie crumbles sometimes.  Mark’s endowment of his estate to the Parents as Teachers organization, through the Douglas County Community Foundation, continues his gift of loving service to the community and embodies his spirit of activism and optimism and hope for the future.

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