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Larson, Clinton, 1892-1952



  • Existence: 1892 - 1952

Biographical History

Clinton Larson was born on December 16, 1892 in St. George, Utah to parents John Thomas and Henrietta Riding Larson. He attended Dixie High School, and in 1914 broke the Utah high school high jump record at 6' 2" and then won first place at the national scholastic meet in Chicago, Illinois. As a track athlete for Brigham Young University, Larson won first place in the high jump in several competitions, most notably the National Junior A.A.U. championship at the San Francisco World’s Fair in 1915 and the Penn Relays of 1917, at which Larson broke the collegiate world record in the high jump at 6' 5 5/8", and held it for seventeen years.

Clinton Larson joined the United States Army Air Corps in late 1917 and attended the Military School of Aeronautics in Austin, Texas before serving as an athletic director of the 39th Squadron at Kelly Field, Texas. The 39th Squadron was a special force comprised of "entertaining" soldiers: musicians, dancers, athletes, etc., whose purpose was to maintain morale of the other troops. Larson, then, fulfilled his duty as a serviceman at various track meets in Texas and New York and at the Inter-Allied Games at Pershing Stadium in Paris, France in June and July of 1919. He won first place in the high jump at that prestigious competition.

After graduating from Brigham Young University in 1921 he continued to train and compete in the high jump for several more years, and eventually focused his athletic ambition on organizational matters of Utah athletics. From 1930 until the time of his death he was the chairman of field and track events for the Inter-mountain Athletic Association, and promoted several A.A.U. events. In 1947 he became the National A.A.U. Vice Chairman of track and field. He also served as an official in the 1932 Olympic Games in Los Angeles, California.

Clinton Larson married Lillian Foster on September 26, 1918, and together they raised one son, Clinton Foster Larson, who was born on September 22, 1919. Clinton and Lillian divorced in 1946, and in June of 1949 Clinton married Louaine Proctor.

Larson also taught high school for many years in the Granite School District and Salt Lake City Schools and worked particularly in visual and physical education, collecting an estimate of 10,000 slides featuring photographs of physical education exhibitions, and serving as chairman of the state visual education group. As well as a slide collector, Larson was a leader and enthusiast for the Boy Scouts of America, serving as the district commissioner for the Salt Lake Council.

Larson retired from physical education teaching in 1947, but continued to substitute teach until his death on January 22, 1952, at age 59. In 1974, he was inducted into the Utah Sports Hall of Fame, and in 1975 joined the ranks of other great athletes in the Brigham Young University Athletic Hall of Fame.

Clinton Larson papers, 1892-1975, bulk 1917

Brigham Young University, L. Tom Perry Special Collections worksheet, Oct. 21, 2010 (Clinton Larson; athlete at Brigham Young University; served in World War I; athletic official and organizer in Utah; father of Clinton F. Larson), viewed Oct. 21, 2010 (Clinton Larson; b. Dec. 16, 1892 in St. George, Utah; d. Jan. 22, 1952 in Salt Lake City, Utah)

Information from 678 converted Jan. 5, 2015 (Clinton Larson (1892-1952) was an athlete and athletic organizer in Utah.)

Found in 13 Collections and/or Records:

Clinton Larson army attire and equipment, 1912-1919

Identifier: MSS 7580 Series 3
Scope and Contents

Three cartons containing Clinton Larson's WWI army attire and equipment, including leather leggings, three hats, a jacket, belts, and other various related items.

Dates: 1912-1919

Clinton Larson books, 1909-1980

Identifier: MSS 7580 Series 1
Scope and Contents

Contains books related to various aspects of Clinton Larson's life and career, including religion, athletics, coaching, secondary and college education, Boy Scouting, various events (the Olympics and World's Fair), and the United States Army.

Dates: Publication: 1909-1980

Clinton Larson correspondence, 1914-1952

Identifier: MSS 7580 Series 5
Scope and Contents Contains correspondence primarily between Clinton and Lillian Foster Larson between 1917 and 1921, although there are a small amount of other authors, including various family members, friends, and ecclesiastical leaders of Clinton and Lillian, and one letter from Eugene L. Roberts. The letters cover Clinton and Lillian's courtship, marriage, and the birth of their first child. Lillian was a schoolteacher in Utah, Clinton was an athlete for Brigham Young University, a private then lieutenant...
Dates: 1914-1952

Clinton Larson documents, 1900-1952

Identifier: MSS 7580 Series 7
Scope and Contents

Contains miscellaneous documents relating to religion, athletics, travel, awards and recognitions, legal matters, Larson's career in education, and veteran affairs.

Dates: 1900-1952

Clinton Larson funeral and hall of fame papers, 1952-1975

Identifier: MSS 7580 Series 9
Scope and Contents

Contains documents, correspondence, plaques, and certificates relating to Larson's induction in various Halls of Fame and memorial services.

Dates: 1952-1975

Clinton Larson scrapbooks and newspaper clippings, 1900-1952

Identifier: MSS 7580 Series 6
Scope and Contents Contains scrapbooks, newspaper clippings, and photographs documenting Larson's years as a high school, collegiate and professional athlete, and his years in the army. Scrapbooks include photographs, newspaper clippings, and some official correspondence reporting athletic events, Clinton Larson’s participation in the AAU, Boy Scouts, American Legion, Utah sports boosters, etc. The photographs, dated 1914-1940, are primarily of Clinton Larson but also include images of some friends and family....
Dates: 1900-1952

Clinton Larson slides and photographs, 1900-1952

 Series — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSS 7580 Series 8
Scope and Contents Contains a portion of Clinton Larson's slide collection, including slides of Brigham Young University athletics and student activities, pictures of early air transportation, photographs of Salt Lake City, and slides of Mormon temples. Also includes photographs, primarily of Clinton Larson as an athlete and soldier, with some photographs of Clinton Larson's older years, and some with family, Lillian and Clinton F. Larson, and a photograph of Clinton Larson's high jump that won him the NCAA...
Dates: 1900-1952

Clinton Larson track clothing, 1892-1932

Identifier: MSS 7580 Series 2
Scope and Contents

Contains track shirts and shoes, a BYU sweater, a baby shirt, and other various apparel worn by Larson.

Dates: 1892-1932

Clinton Larson trophies and medals, 1913-1928

Identifier: MSS 7580 Series 4
Scope and Contents

Contains trophies and medals won by Clinton Larson in various athletic competitions throughout his athletic career, the majority of them in the running high jump events, and ribbons, pins, and medals awarded Clinton Larson by the United States Army and the Boy Scouts of America.

Dates: 1913-1928

Clinton Larson papers

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSS 7580
Scope and Contents

Collection focuses on Clinton Larson's athletic, military, and physical education careers and include correspondence between him and his wife between 1917 and 1921, photographic slides from his larger collection, books that largely feature Clinton Larson as an athlete, clothing and accessories both from World War I and track meets, trophies and medals, scrapbooks that include newspaper clippings and photographs, and personal and professional documents, all dating between 1892 and 1980.

Dates: 1892-1975

Additional filters:

Archival Object 11
Collection 2
Track and field 8
World War, 1914-1918 4
Books 3
Clothing 3
Letters 3