If you happen to be driving down Green Avenue around 7:00 am most days you will see Rich and Marlene Larson out for their morning walk. It’s one of the things they love about the community of Manson, a great place to walk. They average between 35 and 40 miles a week!
Rich grew up in Marysville, Washington and worked for the City of Everett for 25 years, retiring in 2016. He was a supervisor in Public Works and wore many hats. Marlene hails from Minnesota. After graduating from Moorehead State University with a degree in marketing she went to work for BNSF (Burlington Northern and Santa Fe Railway) and enjoyed a rewarding 33 year career.
It’s a very interesting story how Rich and Marlene met so be sure to ask them for details. They have been married for 28 years and have two sons. Lucas the oldest is 26 and will be getting married on August 5th at Karma Winery, Jacob 23 and will graduate from the University of Washington this year. Lucas is also a graduate from the U of W.
Rich has been visiting Chelan since he was a young lad with his family on summer vacations. Like many of us, there isn’t much not to like in the Chelan Valley. Rich and Marlene started coming to Manson 14 years ago and camped out at her sister’s home. They sold their home in Arlington in 2014 and moved into their Manson home full time July 2016.
When asked what they like about Manson they both said, “Sunshine, quiet, slow-paced and the small community feel. It’s getting harder and harder to make trips to the west side.” They both enjoy boating on Lake Chelan, taking rides in their Jeep up the mountains exploring the beauty of our area.
They started attending NSBC in 2014. “North Shore reminds us of Smoky Point Community Church in Arlington where people practice what Christianity is all about. We were members for over 25 years”, Marlene said.
Both Rich and Marlene volunteer in several different areas at North Shore. They help out with Frenzy on Thursday nights and they are part of the Vacation Bible School team and they have been greeters at Thursday Night Together since its inception.
We are lucky to have Rich and Marlene as members of North Shore. Be sure to say hello next time you see them.
By Norm Manly