Shannon Dean Larson
It is with profound sadness and a devastating sense of loss that we announce the passing of our beloved husband, father, son and brother, Shannon Dean Larson. He was our family’s rock and cornerstone. A proud Texan, Shannon was an enthusiastic Longhorn cattle rancher, educator, culture geek, cook, avid guitar collector, and musician/songwriter/lyricist/poet who loved all genres of music. With a witty sense of humor, Shannon captured the attention of all through his outgoing spontaneity and impulsivity, as he never met a stranger, and considered himself such a people person, as his approachable personality and extroverted ways invited any and all into his circle. Shannon’s abundance mindset was that there was always more room and more time for anyone and everyone. As a brain cancer warrior for over 21 years, he approached life with his Lord pretty much the same way he approached people: he worshipped, loved and was faithful to his Rock and Redeemer through it all, even when the battles were so very tough.
A specific reflection by Shannon from 2008 portrays his grit and outlook that carried him through: “…I am marking time by Christmases and birthdays. I am learning that I must never stop learning, I realize that people from my past mean more to me than sometimes I feel I mean to them, but it’s ok…it’s alright…we must live our lives for those that will look back on us and find meaning in the words we said, the things we have done, and with whom we have earned memories….to the next…years…I look forward to you.” Shannon indeed earned so many memories from so many people in different walks of life. His own words are so very powerful today, and his voice still speaks. He pressed on and moved forward through each step, Paso a Paso, and hard time that came his way, especially in the last 5 years of difficult surgeries and countless cancer treatments and therapies. For that, we are exceedingly grateful.
Shannon gained his eternal reward on Sunday, October 2, 2022. He was born on March 29, 1972, in Port Arthur, Texas, to Brenda Castille Larson and Vestal Larson, Jr. He was a Class of ’90 graduate from Nederland High School, Class of ’94 graduate from Lamar University with his Bachelors in Spanish, Class of ’01 Graduate from Lamar University with his Masters in Counseling and Development, and obtained in 2005 from Stephen F. Austin University his principal certificate.
Shannon’s love for education and helping children succeed is shown through his dedication to his profession in service to five school districts spanning a 25-year career, including being a Spanish teacher, school counselor, assistant principal, and principal. Not many people attempt to work while undergoing major brain surgeries and cancer treatments. However, Shannon, indefatigable as always, remained a loyal and passionate administrator until his medical retirement. He made an impact in both helping students as well as leading the staff. Former students remember him fondly and would always make an effort to give him a big hug, say hello and express how much they appreciated his care for them. Those comments always brought him joy that he was able to help make a difference in their lives.
And even though he was so proud of his professional accomplishments, Shannon was even more proud of his family. Shannon and Jamie’s love story of over 25 years of marriage, was one that withstood all the highs and lows that life could possibly offer, and they remained steadfast, inseparable and deeply devoted to one another. His family gave him the HOPE to keep going, and hope does not disappoint.
An avid amateur videographer, Shannon was enthusiastic about documenting his children’s lives (and those of his longhorns) through film. It might take several years to comb through the large container of discs and flash drives he left us, but Jamie is determined to gather them into treasured compilations for their children to enjoy. What precious memories these discs hold with Shannon’s voice doing much of the narration!
Whenever Shannon wasn’t attending one of his children’s sports games, band concerts, school plays, awards ceremonies, or any other important milestone event, he could be found overseeing and caring for his longhorn cattle herd.
Shannon was a man of great passion, a man of great wisdom, a man of great love and a gift to all those who were blessed to know him.
Shannon’s legacy of love, zeal for life, and longsuffering will be lovingly remembered by his devoted wife Jamie; daughter Maggie; sons Julian, James, and Simon; parents Brenda & Gene Larson; sister Valerie Carter; brother Jason Larson; loving nieces and nephews; aunts; uncles; cousins and friends.
He is preceded in death by his grandparents, Johnnie and Harry Castille and Estella and Vestal Larson, Sr.
Like everything else in his life, Shannon faced his diagnosis bravely, squarely and gracefully. Shannon’s medical team of neuro-oncologists from Texas (Dr. O’Brien) to Maryland (Dr. Gilbert) were unparalleled in their expert care, and our family would like to extend our deepest gratitude and appreciation.
For anyone willing to share a special memory about Shannon, we would love it if you can write an email and share your stories with us. We want to create a book for his children and future grandchildren so they can always remember how he touched and impacted other people’s lives.
A gathering of Mr. Larson’s family and friends will be from 5:00 p.m. until 7:30 p.m., Thursday, October 6, 2022, at Parkway Life Church, 1865 Farm to Market Rd 3513, Lumberton, under the direction of Broussard’s, 1605 North Major Drive, Beaumont. A funeral service will be at 11:00 a.m., Friday, October 7, 2022, at Parkway Life Church, with his interment to follow at Haven of Rest, Beaumont.
In lieu of flowers, the family has requested for contributions to be made in order to fund brain cancer research, treatments, and support brain cancer families at one of the following organizations:
Neuro-Oncology Branch (NOB) / National Cancer Institute (NCI), 9030 Old Georgetown Road, Room 225, Bethesda, Maryland 20892. Please include in your donation letter all pertinent donor details (name, address, etc) as well as Shannon Larson as the name of person being remembered, plus the name and address of the individual to be notified of the donation.
The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, P.O. Box 4486, Houston, Texas 77210-4486, or at mdanderson.org/gifts. Please include that gifts should be designated to brain cancer research – Dr. Barbara O’Brien in the memo to ensure donations are directed to her research specifically.
Friends of Patients at the NIH, P.O. Box 34139, Bethesda, Maryland 20827, or Donate Here.
Dr. Marnie Rose Foundation, 4545 Bissonnet Street, Suite 112, Bellaire, Texas 77401, or Donate Here.
National Brain Tumor Society, 55 Chapel Street, Suite 006, Newton, Massachusetts 02458, or Donate Here.
Gathering of Family and Friends
Parkway Life Church
- 1865, Farm To Market Rd 3513, Lumberton, TX, 77657,
- October 6, 2022
- 5:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Parkway Life Church
- 1865, Farm To Market Rd 3513, Lumberton, TX, 77657,
- October 7, 2022
- 11:00 am
Haven of Rest
- 13851, U.S. 90, Beaumont, Texas, 77713,