Kim. L. Larson
Kim L. Larson
June 10, 1952 -October 29, 2011
Larson suddenly passed away on Saturday, October 29, 2011. A lifelong resident of Newport Beach more than 50 years and beloved son of Al and Sunny Larson. Kim was a devoted husband who was married to his wife of 31 years, Tracy Larson. A longtime member of the Santa Ana Country Club, Kim was also an avid and well respected conservationist and fisherman who made his career in the seafood industry, starting with his father's company Meridian Products, importing and distributing shellfish and seafood throughout the world. Kim always the innovator was the first to start importing fresh fish from New Zealand. After retiring He and a partner started Saltwater Catering, specializing in Seafood Cuisine.
Kim was a generous friend and for all those lucky enough to know him, Kim was both gentle and kind and would always go out of his way to help others. Always looking for adventure, Kim was an outstanding angler and was known to prowl the waters from Alaska to Hawaii to Baja California. He caught the fishing bug early in life and was an accomplished swordfish fisherman who often shared stories with others about his early exploits and experiences on the water. More than anything, Kim was a mentor and teacher and anybody who ever had the fortunate experience to fish with him will attest to his keen ability to navigate the waters in search of all types of elusive game fish. With his patience and humble demeanor Kim taught many young anglers different techniques to help increase their chances to catch fish. Most notably was his uncanny perseverance and successful approach to catch the elusive White Sea Bass. He was also a strong proponent of catch and release and protecting our valuable resources along the coast where he spent countless days and hours pursuing his love of fishing.
As an accomplished fisherman, he is also the holder of several titles including the State of California fishing record for the largest mahi-mahi (Dorado) caught offshore as well as the world record holder for the largest bonito caught on rod and reel.
To continue his love and pursuit of fishing, in particular for the future of the sport and the youth of today, the family is requesting that all donations, in lieu of flowers, be made to the Pacific Fisheries Enhancement Foundation, a non-profit organization, c/o Balboa Angling Club, 200 A Street, Balboa, California 92661.