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Michael Jay Larson, 19, of Colfax, passed away on Tuesday, August 12, 2014.

Michael was born on February 9, 1995, in Eau Claire, to Rodney and Debra (Novak) Larson. He was a graduate of Colfax High School with the Class of 2013. Michael participated in cross-country, basketball and track all four years in high school, and qualified for state competition five times throughout his athletic career. One of his biggest accomplishments was making the podium for the high jump in the state track competition his senior year.

Michael enjoyed playing basketball in the driveway with his brothers and friends, playing tennis with his dad and being on a co-ed volleyball league. He also loved being on the water, especially during family vacations to Florida and on Clam Lake in Siren at the family cabin.

Michael recently completed basic training and AIT training at Fort Sill, OK for the Army National Guard. Following in his brother Ryan’s footsteps, Michael earned the Battery APFT award for his physical strength and endurance. Michael was about to begin his Sophomore year at UW-Stout for packaging engineering and was also a member of Colfax Methodist Church.

Michael will be remembered and loved as a very loving and caring He is survived by his parents, Rod and Deb Larson; brothers, Ryan and Jacob; grandparents, Judy Novak (Dan Paff), and Warren and Myra Larson; great-grandmothers, Beverly Severude and Goldie Gunderman; uncle, Craig (Sharon) Larson; aunt, Amanda (Matt) Ropchak; cousins, Kate and Alaina Ropchak; other family and countless friends.

He was preceded in death by his maternal grandfather, Rodd Novak.

Funeral Services will be held at 11 a.m. on Friday, August 15, 2014, at Colfax Lutheran Church, 601 River St. in Colfax, with Pastor Craig Conklin officiating. Visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m. on Thursday, August 14, 2014, at Sampson Funeral Home, 1017 Railroad Ave. in Colfax, and again one hour prior to the service on Friday at the church. Burial will be at Evergreen Cemetery in Colfax with Military Honors conducted by the Wisconsin National Guard, Alpha Btry, 1st Battalion, 120th Field Artillery and the American Legion Russell Toycen Post 131.

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