Family, Friends & Fellow Officers Remember...

Police Officer Mark Hayden Larson

Jacksonville Sheriff's Office, Florida

End of Watch Monday, March 24, 2014

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Reflections for Police Officer Mark Hayden Larson

Officer Larson,
Sir, I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice-not just as a Law Enforcement Officer but for our Country as well when you served with the U.S. Navy. And to your Family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.

Fair Winds And Following Seas

BPA Mike Casey
United States Border Patrol(Retired)

April 25, 2024

Rest in peace sailor boy

Carson loveless

February 6, 2024

Rest in peace Officer Larson.

Rabbi Lewis S. Davis

March 23, 2019

John 5:28, 29 - "Do not be amazed at this, for the hour is coming in which all those in the memorial tombs will hear his voice and come out". I pray that everyone can find peace in knowing that we will see this officer as well as many others again in Paradise soon. Until then, please accept my condolences.

A.W. Montgomery
Concerned Citizen

September 12, 2018

I remember the night that Mark was injured as though it were yesterday. My car was in the shop and I was riding the Bravo watch with David Price ( Deceased). We were at the service station at Edgewood Ave. and Moncrief Rd. When Mark stopped the suspect vehicle and asked for a back up. We immeadiatly left and went the long block to the scene of the traffic stop. What we found was Mark's car with the drivers door open and the Blue lights engaged. The Officer and Suspect vehicle were missing. We dispatched the information and in an effort to cover more area in our search I marked the location of Mark's patrol car and took it to use in the search for him.
At almost the same time an accident with injuries went out at Reastlawn Dr. and Moncrief Rd. Officer Price and I each took a side of the roadway in our search for Mark without finding anything. Upon arrival the suspect vehicle was found on the westside of Restlawn Dr. Several Officers were around the car and I observed the driver partially behind the wheel and the fact that he had several gunshot wounds in the chest area. Officers at the scene had called rescue for the suspect. Officer Price and I checked under and around the suspect's car and could not find Mark. We then began a search from the suspect's car back toward the original stop. I found both of Mark's shoes in the intersection,still tied and strangely next to each other as if he had taken then off and set them neatly side by side. (strange sight) Officer Price found Mark's radio in the dirt next to the guardrail and when he looked into the twenty foot deep ditch he found Mark at the bottom.
I could hear Rescue responding to the suspect and when it approached the intersection I diverted it to help Mark. Rescue called for another rescue, however the suspect expired prior to its arrival.

I did not know Mark, but he was my Brother. I was sad when he was injured and again when he succumbed to complications from the original injury many years later. May God bless Mark and keep him in his warm, loving arms.

Patrolman Jerrold M. Blount (Retired)

March 26, 2018

May God keep your Spirit. I remember the day it happened. I worked the following watch after you and I have relieved you on late calls before. You will be missed and never forgotten. May God bless and keep your family, your sacrifice will always be remembered. Matt. 5:9 mentions this, "Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called the children of God".

Officer Dewayne Richardson (Retired)
March 26, 2018

Officer Dewayne Richardson (Retired)

March 26, 2018

Officer Larson, my prayers go out to your love ones who had to continue without your physical presence. I hope you continue to look down on us, your brothers and sisters in blue and keep us safe until we all come home.

Officer David Catir
Jacksonville Sheriff Office

March 24, 2018

As a newer member of JSO in 1993, Mark was a super friend as well as a fellow squad member. Mark had the biggest smile and an infectious laugh that made you also laugh, even if you didn't know why. Everybody loved Mark and we would all argue over whose turn it was to take meal break with him!

That night is forever burned into my memory; whenever I go by that location, I still see images from that night. But I also remember Roll Call at the beginning of that night and have to smile because Mark had forgotten to polish his boots. I was behind him in formation and almost burst out laughing, watching him quickly attempting to shine up his boots by wiping each against the back of the opposite leg!

Great memories are interspersed with those of that awful night. But I will always smile remembering an outstanding officer, beat partner and great friend!

Officer KW Porter #32313
Jacksonville Sheriff's Office

March 24, 2018

Rest well my hero. Thank you for your service and sacrifice. God bless your family.

Lieutenant Ray Flores
NYPD (retired)

March 24, 2018

I had the privilege of meeting your wife and son tonight at Team Norfolk's Law Enforcement United fundraising dinner.

Your family has grown to include Norfolk Police all the way in Virginia thanks to COPS bringing your wife into contact with a survivor from our agency.

Keep watching over your family and your brothers and sisters in blue.

S.D. Bissett
Norfolk Police Department

November 5, 2016

The Sheriffs of Florida and their deputies will never forget the sacrifice you and your family made to uphold our laws and protect society.

Your name has been inscribed on the Florida Sheriffs and the National Law Enforcement Memorial and in our hearts. May you forever rest in peace.

A scripture inscribed on the Florida Sheriffs Law Enforcement Memorial:

"Blessed are the peacemakers,
for they shall be called the children
of God." Matthew 5:9

Executive Director, Florida Sheriffs Ass
Florida Sheriffs Association

August 7, 2016

Yesterday I along with my co-workers met your wife and signed the "Blue Lives Matter Camaro" in your memory. Thank you for your service.

Corporal T. Benton

July 22, 2016

Please know that you are remembered and your family is prayed for.

Darlene Newton
friend of Story County Sheriff's Office

May 3, 2015

Thank you for your service and your sacrifice, it will never be forgotten. May God keep your family in His arms.

Special Agent #8268
US Homeland Security Investigations, Phoenix, AZ

September 6, 2014

How very distrubing it is to read the details of your murder. I am terribly sorry to read of your passing in such a brutal, unthinkable manner. God's peace to your family, friends, and department. Thank you for your service and sacrifice...


July 11, 2014

On behalf of the Westerville, Ohio Division of Police, our thoughts and prayers are with the immediate family of Officer Mark Larson and the extended law enforcement family of the Jacksonville (Florida) Sheriff's Office.. Rest in Peace brother and watch over us.

I fight not for glory or fame, for they are momentary. I fight for those who can't. I fight for Justice. I fight for the oppressed and the down trodden. And if I should lose my life for these just causes, then I have no regrets, For I serve to protect the innocent. It matters not where or when, for evil knows no boundaries. Be it fire, flood, or the threat of tyranny, I will not flee. Justice is my weapon. Faith is my shield. Hope is my armor. Cry not at my passing, for it was my Honor to fight for you. Shed not tears of sorrow, But tears of joy, for now, I stand with God.

By Jon F. Hooper

"Greater love hath no man than this; that a man lay down his life for his friends".

Chief Joe Morbitzer
Westerville, Ohio Division of Police

June 19, 2014

Rest in Peace Officer Mark Larson. Thank you for your service to this country and your community. My thoughts and prayers are with your family and your department at this time.

Chief Reuben C. Black
Barnwell Police Dept., Barnwell, SC

June 12, 2014

Officer Larson,

Rest well in the arms of God. You have joined the Heavenly ranks of all who chose to "Protect and Serve"

To Your Family,

Feel His presence as God answers the prayers of many who have fallen to their knees on your behalf. Since the day of my son's death, I have carried every law enforcement officer and their family in my heart.

Every morning I go to my knees. During that time I pray:

“Lord, Be with all law enforcement officers. Keep them safe and free from harm. They are your soldiers on the front line of the battle against evil. If one should fall this day - wrap their family in your loving arms. Surround them with Your angels, family and loving, caring people to comfort them. Ease their pain. Help them to mourn well. In Jesus' name, Amen”

I have lifted you and your family to God every morning for the past three years. Feel those prayers. God is with you; He knows and will ease your pain.

Our faith helps us see beyond the grave.

Pamela Hotsinpiller
Mother of
Deputy United States Marshal
Derek W. Hotsinpiller
EOW 2-16-2011

June 7, 2014

The National Police Wives Association would like to extend their heartfelt prayers to the family of Officer Mark Larson and the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office during this time. Thank you, Officer Larson, for your service

National Police Wives Association

June 2, 2014

It's hard to read Officer Larson's story, to see he suffered for
so long & his family... I'd call it Living A Death ...
Glad it was ruled a homicide ...
A Great Warrior was taken too soon , who Served Family, Community,
& Country ... with Great Distinction & Honor ...
Thank you for unselfish sacrifice Mark & Thank you Family ...
for your sacrifice ...
You've all done a job well done ...
May , Creator God bless you with comfort, peace & strength ...
Blessings from Mothers & Grandmothers everywhere ...R.I.P.

Ms. Karen Morgan, Psy.& L.E. Grad.
Eagles Wing Baptist Church, Lake Traverse,SD

May 30, 2014



May 29, 2014

God's peace and speed Officer Larson. Thank you for your brave, dedicated service. RIP Brother.

P/O R. Popelka #7903
Chicago P.D.

May 28, 2014

We hope you find comfort in knowing that our thoughts and prayers are with you. With deepest sympathy,

Rita Rocker, Director, Govt Relations
Georgia Board of Pardons & Paroles

May 28, 2014

A horrible way to die. Ever since watching the film "The New Centurions" I've feared that method of attack. So many officers have given, had their lives taken in this manner by animals, it's a terrifying prospect.

Your loss will be felt by many, most especially those who know and love you best. My heart goes out to them and they are in my prayers. The thing that murdered you will be forgotten in time and be nothing but a footnote, a filthy footnote. You are a hero.

So long as all who know you keep you alive in their hearts and minds, you will never be truly gone, but you will always be missed.

God Bless and may you forever Rest in Peace, Brother.

Ptl. Jim Leahy, Jr.
Harvard University Police Dept.

May 28, 2014

Thank you for your service and sacrifice. Rest In Eternal Peace Officer Larson. God Bless you, and your family.

PO Liz Philbin
Boston Police Department

May 28, 2014

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