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Richard Monroe Lawrence

Richard Monroe Lawrence (known to family and many friends as Pancho), 51, died August 10, 2012 in his Norwalk, CA home with his wife Karen by his side.

Richard was born in Santa Monica, California on December 12, 1960 to Katharine Ann Dewhurst (née Grigg), known as Peggy, and William Harvey Dewhurst.

He was raised from his teenage years by Peggy and her second husband Richard Clark Emerson.
Richard married Karen Lynn Mack on July 18, 1987 at St. Cross Episcopal Church in a ceremony that was assisted by his stepfather Clark, an Episcopal priest.

He graduated from West Torrance High School in 1979, and then attended and received his bachelor's degree from California State University, Long Beach with a major in finance. He worked in the accounting field until 2001. From 2002 through 2004, he attended Le Cordon Bleu College of Culinary Arts in Los Angeles to pursue his love of cooking. After graduation, he worked in fine dining restaurants and subsequently had a private catering business. Most recently, he worked at Lee Fish, USA as their controller, blending his love for cooking and accounting, experimenting with the many fish that Lee Fish imports.

He was an active member of St. Cross Episcopal Church in Hermosa Beach, singing in the church choir, preparing meals for the homeless, and coordinating church dinners with the group called Eat, Drink and Be Merry.

He was very active with the non-profit organization Corazón, with which he helped to build houses in Mexico in the Tijuana and Tecate areas for people in need. Richard first joined Corazón in the late 1990's; his participation has run the gamut of sponsor, volunteer, Blue Shirt and Trip Coordinator. His was a presence that was always welcome on any Corazón project.

Richard was also an avid dart player, who played league darts in the Southern California Darts Association (SCDA) and Pacific Darts Association (PDA) as well as in many tournaments in California and Nevada. He served as the treasurer of SCDA and president of PDA, and was well-known in the dart community for his talent and good humor.

Richard is survived by his wife, Karen; his stepfather, Clark Emerson; his sisters, Cynthia Hollandsworth Batty (married to Mark Batty), Katharine Hollandsworth (Holly) Dewhurst (married to Paul Duke), Angela Aspinwall Chinen (married to Albert Chinen); his brothers, William (Bill) Joseph Dewhurst; and Neil Armstrong Dewhurst. He is also survived by Neil's sons, Anthony (Tony) Michael Marsh and Brandon Alexander Dewhurst; and by Angie's three children, Alan Montague Aspinwall, Naomi Chinen Johnson, and Amy Aspinwall Chinen, as well as his three great-nieces: through Alan, Lily Joy and Dahlia Makay; and through Naomi, Luisa Wren.
Richard also leaves behind many friends who loved him very much.

A memorial service will be held on Saturday, August 25 at 10:00 a.m. at St. Cross Episcopal Church in Hermosa Beach, with a reception at the church to immediately follow. In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to his favorite charity Corazón at www.Corazon.org.

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Published in Daily Breeze on Aug. 19, 2012
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