Monte Bernell Larsen peacefully journeyed to his heavenly home on Thursday, August 24, 2023, after a short battle with sarcoma cancer. Monte, born on October 14, 1953, in Provo, UT, to Melvin and LaJean Larsen, had a life filled with love, family, and community.\n\nHe began his educational journey at Franklin Elementary in Provo before the Larsen family relocated to Mapleton during his elementary school years. There, he continued his education at Mapleton Elementary, Springville Jr. High, and proudly graduated as a mighty Red Devil from Springville High School in 1972.\n\nIn 1973, Monte married Gaylene Hancock, and together they were blessed with five children. After their paths diverged, Monte then found his soulmate, Jean Robbins, and they cherished nearly 32 years of wedded bliss together.\n\nMonte was a dedicated member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints and actively served in various callings throughout his life. His professional life saw him working alongside his family at Larsen Auto Salvage in Provo, managing his own salvage yard in Payson, and co-owning an auto body shop in Payson with his son.\n\nAmong his many roles, Monte found immense joy as a field trip driver for the Nebo School District, where he drove school buses for countless extracurricular activities and sports events throughout the state and southern Idaho. His enthusiastic support earned him a reputation as a devoted bus driver, fan, and cheerleader for the teams he transported, notably those from Spanish Fork High School.\n\nMonte was preceded in death by his parents, Melvin and LaJean Larsen, his parents-in-law, Thomas R. and Vera C. Robbins, his brothers James M. Larsen and Lewis D. Larsen, as well as his brothers-in-law Hal Robbins and Raymond Robbins, and his beloved sons, Brandon Monte Larsen and Jeffrey Bernell Larsen.\n\nHe leaves behind a legacy of love, resilience, and family bonds. Monte is survived by his adoring wife, Jean R. Larsen, his sister-in-law, Pat Wilson Larsen, his brother-in-law, Ralph Robbins, his uncle, Richard Sturgis, his daughters Melissa (Pablo) Cecilio, Camilla Larsen, and Emily Larsen, and his four cherished grandchildren: Elloree Larsen, Gabriel Cecilio, Elias Cecilio, and Pablo Cecilio. He is also survived by a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, and the countless students whose lives he touched.\n\nThe family would like to extend their heartfelt gratitude to the dedicated doctors and nurses at Utah Valley Hospital and Hospice, as well as the numerous family members, friends, and neighbors who provided unwavering support and care during Monte's journey.\n\nA viewing to celebrate Monte's life will be held on Thursday, August 31, 2023, from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM at the LDS meeting house located at 350 N 400 E Springville, UT. The funeral service, also at 350 N 400 E Springville, UT, will be held on Friday, September 1, 2023, at 11:00 AM, with a viewing prior from 10:00 AM to 10:45 AM. Interment to be at Evergreen Cemetery 1997 S 400 E St. Springville, Utah 84663.