Shad Larson is the youngest of five children and grew up in the small town of Paulden, Arizona. He spent his summers working for his dad on the family hay farm and graduated early from high school. He then left for Southern Utah University where he received an associates degree, and soon after left for a mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Johannesburg, South Africa. While there he served in South Africa, and also had the privilege to serve in the country of Botswana. He loves Africa and is extremely excited to go back! After returning from his mission, he transferred to BYU and received a bachelors degree in Political Science, graduating cum laude, before coming to the J. Reuben Clark Law School. He married McCall Larson just two weeks before starting his first year of law school. He enjoys whitewater rafting with his family, playing soccer, watching sports, and reading historical books.