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Larrabee gives copy of wife’s book to Bush

Jason Larrabee, right, met presidential candidate Jeb Bush during a recent visit by Bush to Larrabee’s place of employment, Foss Manufacturing. Larrabee is the son of Larry and Myrna Larrabee of Ellsworth. (Submitted photo)

Jason Larrabee, the son of Larry and Myrna Larrabee of Ellsworth, has experienced his share of stress.

First, he and wife Kristi endured a seven-year struggle with infertility that included six lost pregnancies. Then, the local native left the Midwest for employment out East.

However, their lives turned for the better when they had a son, Caden Avery, whom his grandmother describes as being “healthy through and through.” And now they’ve gotten the chance to share their story with a presidential candidate.

Larrabee presented Jeb Bush with a copy of Kristi’s book when the candidate visited his place of employment, Foss Manufacturing, recently. His spouse was motivated to write the book after hearing God speak to her and use it as an opportunity to help others who may be going through similar struggles. He’s featured in each chapter, telling what the couple endured in trying to have a family.

Larrabee attended Iowa State University and graduated with a degree in Finance. He later worked his way from the bottom up at Menards, the discount lumber retailer, according to his mom.

Larrabee was eventually offered a position with Foss in New Hampshire, she said, and was recently promoted to vice president. His mate is employed as a dental hygienist.

They were blessed with the baby boy five years ago. Today, they’re active in their church, serving as Sunday school teachers. Their book, titled “Acceptance – Why Can’t I Have a Baby?,” can be found on or

Bill Kirk

Bill Kirk was editor of the Pierce County Herald in Ellsworth, from 1988 to February, 2015 and is now on staff as a reporter. He holds a bachelors degree in journalism from the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire. He previously worked in the media distribution department at the University of Minnesota's Minneapolis campus and is past editor of The Tri-County News in Osseo, Wisconsin.

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