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Obituary: James Gordon Lawrence

James Gordon Lawrence "Our Loving Father, Jimmy" 1921 ~ 2005 James Gordon Lawrence passed away peacefully in his home Sept. 21, 2005. He was born Aug. 26, 1921 in Salt Lake City to Martha and Harry Lawrence. Married Marion J Graham in the Salt Lake Temple. Together they had nine children. He graduated from East High School and received a Bachelors Degree in Biology and Teaching from the U of U. He began his teaching career at Whittier Elementary. Later became a Principal, and continued for 35 years with the Granite School District. He served in the Air Force during World War II as an instructor. He loved nature and spent many years protecting its resources. Jim was a faithful servant of those in his neighborhood, serving numerous years as a Teacher and a Home Teacher. He was the "best home teacher" to many and served them into his last days. Preceded in death by his parents; his daughter, Jean; and sister, Patricia Patterson (Patsy). Survived by his wife; children, Dennis (Jan), Michael (Patty), Patrick (Ann), Casey (Tawni), Colleen (Mel), Kathleen, Maureen (George) Fedor, and Brian (Stacie); 18 grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren. Dad said: "In my last years my greatest joy has been spending time and talking with Gavin, Clarissa, Sam and Jeremy" (Brian's children). He appreciated the service rendered in the last few years of his life by many, particularly the daily living and care from his oldest daughter and son-in-law, Colleen and Mel Dority. Graveside services will be held Sat. Sept. 24, 2005, 10 p.m. at the Mount Olivet Cemetery. Friends and family may call from 11-12 noon at Larkin Mortuary, 260 East South Temple. A family service will be held at 12 noon. at the Mortuary. In lieu of flowers a donation may be made to the LDS Missionary or Humanitarian Fund.