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A special photo for a grandfather

Bo Van Hoof posed on his grandfather’s fire helmet as one of his newborn photos. - Catrina Rioux
Bo Van Hoof posed on his grandfather’s fire helmet as one of his newborn photos.
— image credit: Catrina Rioux

It’s a photo that any grandparent would cherish.

For Art Larson, who retired in 2006 as a Renton deputy fire chief, it was a precious look at his grandson Bo Van Hoof, born on Dec. 29 at Valley Medical Center.

Bo is the Larsons’ first grandchild.

Last Saturday Larson died after a long battle with cancer. His services are this Saturday at 1 p.m. at St. Matthews Lutheran Church, 1700 Edmonds Ave. N.E., in the Renton Highlands. Rev. Kirbi Unti will officiate.

Tracy Van Hoof, daughter of Jeanne and Art, knew for sure that she wanted a newborn photo of Bo that somehow evoked her father, even before the family knew for sure his cancer was terminal.

The photo was taken by Catrina Rioux.

The idea of Bo and a fire helmet was chosen. It was a good idea, Tracy said.

“He thought it was pretty cool,” said Tracy of her father, who would show it to visitors at his room at Overlake Medical Center in Bellevue.

Larson became a firefighter with Fire District 25 in 1971. He went on to work for the Seattle Fire Department, but returned to become chief of the fire district. When the district was annexed into Renton, he became a deputy fire chief for the City of Renton Fire Department.

Larson’s father was one of the founders of Fire District 25, said Tracy.

“He loved being a firefighter,” she said.

He was 61 when he died.

Mr. Larson is survived by son-in-law Brian and two sons, Brad and Mike.

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