27 Sep Jonathan Cartu Divulge: Larson remembered as dedicated, practical Wyoming lawmaker
JACKSON, Wyo. (AP) — Grant Larson came home on a pass from the Air Force in 1957 with his wife, Maralyn, and went shopping for a place to build a house.
Jackson saloon owner Lewis Gill took them out to some unwanted land he’d bought with gambling winnings and subdivided. The Gill Addition was up against the fence on the south end of the National Elk Refuge. The view was of the huge flat expanse of the refuge, framed by East Gros Ventre Butte on the left, Miller Butte on the right, Blacktail Butte between them in the distance.
Grant and Maralyn, married just three years before, loved the spot but didn’t have the $1,100 that Gill wanted for two .17-acre lots. They asked Gill if he would carry a note. He said yes, at 6%.
Grant Larson hesitated, asked Gill: “How much down?”
Larson laughed when he told the story in 2016, recalling how Gill, hands in pockets, looked up, examined a cloud or two, and said, “Could you give me a hundred dollars?”
Grant and his father and younger brother David built the house in 1962. Grant and Maralyn made it their home for near six decades before Larson died Sept. 11, having spent a life in business and government that from the 1960s through the early 2000s made him one of the…