Gary L. Largent, John Largent to family, friends and neighbors, 88, went to be with the Lord on Wednesday, June 16th ,2021 at Kootenai Health in Coeur d’ Alene after suffering a fall on Sunday at his home in Moscow. John: husband, father, cousin, grandpa, great grandpa and friend to nearly everyone he met, was born in Colfax, Washington, to Fred and Josephine Parvin Largent, on July 6, 1932.He spent his early childhood on a farm at the base of Kamiak Butte, attending grade school in Albion, WA. and Junior High school in Colfax, WA. In 1945 his father bought a farm outside Potlatch, ID and John attended Potlatch High School, graduating in 1950.
Later that year, he married Ardis LaVoy, another Potlatch High graduate. They started their married life, living above the train depot in a small apartment. John worked for Potlatch Forest in the mill at Potlatch and later transferred to the Lewiston mill.
While living in Lewiston, John was drafted into the Army and shipped to Camp Roberts, California for basic training as a radio operator, where Ardis soon joined him. After basic training, John was stationed at Fort Belvoir, Virginia for more training and soon shipped out to Germany where he was stationed on the Czechoslovakian border. John returned to the states and was discharged in November, 1954, after which he served 8 years in the Army Reserve.
After his military service, John held many jobs, from saw filer to truck driver but he always came back to his primary occupation, Farmer. He raised many different crops over the years and always loved living on the land and watching his crops grow, mature and be harvested. He also raised cattle and was an auctioneer.
John is survived by his wife, Lois Grasham Largent, whom he married in 2010, at their Moscow home; Sons, Terry and Nancy of Potlatch, Todd and Patti of Lewiston, and daughter, Sharon Montgomery of Potlatch. He is also survived by 6 grandchildren, Chris Largent (Potlatch), Nicole Largent (Potlatch), Jordan and Aaron Stover (Lewiston), Payton Largent (Lewiston), Joe and Shauna Montgomery (Columbus, MT) and Michael and Sally Montgomery (Potlatch), 7 great grandchildren, Cade and Cohen Stover, Abby and Dean Montgomery and Millie, Mabel and Mavis Montgomery along with many cousins, nieces and nephews as well as his brother-in-law, Ed McBride of Colfax, WA, and Lois's three children, Charlie and Deb Grasham (Boise) and their 5 children and one great grandchild, Cary and Rob Imeson (Boise) and their 5 children and 2 great grandchildren, and James and Polly Grasham (Harrison) and their 2 children. His best friend for over 50 years, Jim Hagedorn, whom he loved like a brother, survives him in Viola, ID.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Fred and Josephine Parvin Largent, his sister, Connie McBride and son Rick, who passed away in 2013. Rick’s daughter, Sarah and John’s first wife, Ardis also preceded him.
John loved his family, his country, his dear friends and his Lord. We will see you again in Heaven. It's been a great ride!
The funeral for John Largent will be held at Grace Community Church, 4th and Larch in Potlatch on June 29th at 1:00 PM with graveside service to follow at Freeze Cemetery with Military Honors by Potlatch Post 10300 and the United States Army Honor Guard participating.
In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to Potlatch Senior Meal Site, PO Box 129, Potlatch, ID 83855 or Mountain Home Grange #285, 1300 Cora Road, Potlatch, ID, 83855 or the charity of your choice.
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