Retired Salt Lake County Sheriff Larson dies

Retired Salt Lake County Sheriff Larson dies

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SALT LAKE CITY (AP) -- A man credited with expanding police pay for the Salt Lake County Sheriff's department has died. Delmar "Swede" Larson was 90.

He died Friday from natural causes, said Salt Lake County Deputy Sheriff Peggy Faulkner. Services are planned Monday at Jenkins-Soffe Family Mortuary.

Born in Sandy on March 21, 1913, he was an honorable mention All-America quarterback for the University of Utah. He served with the FBI for 22 years before his retirement in 1962.

He then was elected Salt Lake County Sheriff in 1967, and served three terms. He left office in 1978.

During his tenure, he adopted a graduated pay scale for officers. He also took deputies out of the jail and created the correction officer positions, Faulkner said.

His wife of 54 years, Florence, preceded him in death in 1991.

Survivors include a daughter, Adele Ivie of Sandy; two sons, John of Denver and Scott of Honolulu; seven grandchildren; and 12 great-grandchildren.

(Copyright 2003 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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