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Jackie L Larsen

Subie Bay Navy Base, Phillipines

July 17, 2008

Age Military Rank Unit/Location
37 Air Force TSgt

9th Reconnaissance Wing

Beale Air Force Base, California

 Died of natural causes July 17 at Balad Air Base, Iraq.

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July 28, 2008

Jackie L. Larsen, a resident of Olivehurst, CA. Born on October 10, 1970 in Subie Bay Naval Base, Philippines. Died on July 17, 2008 at the Balad Air Base in Iraq at the age of 37. She was a superintendent of the Legal Office.
She has been a resident of the Yuba-Sutter area for the last 2 years. Jackie was serving in the United States Air Force in Balad, Iraq at the time of her sudden illness and untimely death.
She is survived by her loving husband of 8 years, Scott Larsen a long time resident of the Yuba-Sutter area; her mother, Zenaida Upton of Plumas Lake, CA; her father, John Upton who resides in Auburndale, Florida; her sisters, Mena Longmire of Kosamond, CA, Donna Heidtke of Eugene, OR, Maritess Pidlaoan, Marilou Mari, and Carazon Rodriquez all of the Philippines. She is also survived by her niece, Ashley McKenzie and nephews, Brandon and Ryan Longmire.
Funeral services will be held at the Ullrey Memorial Chapel at 817 Almond St., Yuba City, CA on Monday, July 28, 2008 at 1:00 PM. Final Graveside Services with full military honors will follow at the Sutter Cemetery in Sutter, CA. Visitation hours will be from 5-7 PM on Sunday evening with Rosary at 6:00 PM at the Chapel.
Published in the Appeal Democrat on 7/24/2008
07/18/2008 GAAS:546:08

Gov. Schwarzenegger Issues Statement on Death of Tech. Sergeant Jackie Larsen

Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger today released the following statement regarding the death of Tech. Sgt. Jackie L. Larsen, of Tacoma, WA:

"I am deeply saddened to learn of the passing of Technical Sergeant Jackie Larsen. She fought proudly and her allegiance to our country and unrelenting commitment to protecting liberty will never be forgotten. Maria and I join all Californians in offering our prayers and deepest condolences to Jackie's family and friends."

Larsen, 37, died of natural causes July 17 at Balad Air Base, Iraq. Larsen was assigned to the 9th Reconnaissance Wing, U.S. Air Force, Beale Air Force Base, CA.

In honor of Tech. Sgt. Jackie L. Larsen, Capitol flags will be flown at half-staff. 
From The Seattle P.I. seattlepi.com 07/19/08:

Air Force sergeant dies in Baghdad

Saturday, July 19, 2008 Last updated 3:08 a.m. PT

By MIKE BARBER P-I REPORTER

A 37-year-old Tacoma woman serving in the Air Force in Iraq died Thursday of natural causes, the Pentagon said.

Tech. Sgt. Jackie L. Larsen, a paralegal and an 18-year Air Force veteran, died at Joint Base Balad Hospital. She was the 9th Reconnaissance Wing Legal Office superintendent, based at Beale Air Force Base, Calif. Beale Air Force Base is home to the nation's U-2 and RQ-4 reconnaissance, or "spy," planes.

A Beale online newsletter Friday said Larsen, a native of the Philippines, was married. She was serving in Iraq with the 447th Air Expeditionary Group at Baghdad International Airport.

As the legal office superintendent, Larsen managed the general law and military justice divisions, overseeing all aspects of enlisted training in the law center. She also was the principal adviser to the Staff Judge Advocate regarding enlisted matters.

The online newsletter quoted one of her colleague's, Tech. Sgt. Rosalyn Anderson, as saying, "Many people knew Tech. Sgt Jackie Larsen as a military professional. They would say that she was dedicated, a real 'tough cookie,' and a 'no nonsense' kind of NCO.

"Not many knew her outside of that capacity ... the way she would giggle when she was in a silly mood, how protective she was of her family, particularly her mother. Nor would many know of her love of deep sea diving and her desire to be an instructor."

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