Lawrence C. Thrasher III

Lawrence C. Thrasher, III "Cleve"

80, passed away Monday, November 5, 2012 after a long battle with multiple myeloma. He was preceded in death by his parents, Cleve and Pearl Thrasher; and brother, Blake "Son."

Cleve was born July 5, 1932 in Gary, IN. He received an A.B. degree from Indiana University in 1955. He was commissioned as a 2nd Lieutenant in the US Army, stationed in Ft. Lee, VA until 1958. After a short stint in the business world, he returned to IU to earn his M.S. degree in Education and has been teaching ever since. He was employed by the Indianapolis Public School system for over 35 years specializing in secondary level Social Studies. Especially rewarding for him was the opportunity to teach in the W.E.D. Program at the St. Mary-of-the-Woods College in Terre Haute, IN. Cleve also authored an economics text book for Indiana University. Before he became too ill, he was a "favorite" substitute teacher at Cathedral High School.

Cleve and Jayne traveled extensively. When he wasn't traveling or teaching, he was furthering his own education. He was one of the first IPS teachers to receive two Lilly scholarships - one at the University of Hawaii and the other at Temple University. In 1986, Cleve was invited to participate on a presidential committee to explore the U.S. Constitution in Copper Mountain, CO.

Cleve was a member and deacon of Second Presbyterian Church for 49 years. He was also a member of Players Club and a Kentucky Colonel; a true connoisseur of Bourbon.

He is survived by his wife of 53 years, Jayne; son, Brett; beloved grandsons, William and Zachary Thrasher; and sister, Donna Washburn of Cape Coral, FL. He also leaves many wonderful friends and neighbors who will remember his wit and knowledge.

Calling will be held in the Parlor of Second Presbyterian Church, 7700 N Meridian St, from 10:30 - 11:30 a.m. on Monday, November 12th, with memorial service to follow at 11:30 a.m.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorial gifts in Cleve's honor are made to the Dept of Fine Arts and Music of Second Presbyterian Church or an educational scholarship fund for his two grandsons, William and Zachary, managed by Trestler Financial Group.


Published in the The Indianapolis Star on Nov. 9, 2012