Dwight Lawrence Chamberlain III was born Aug. 13, 1945, to Dwight Lawrence Chamberlain Jr. and Catherine Louella Chamberlain (Henry) and passed away peacefully in Gilbert, Ariz., June 4, 2013.
He is survived by wife, Vicky Chamberlain of Mesa, Ariz.; and children, David Chamberlain of Jacksonville, Dennis Chamberlain of Gilbert, Ariz., and Cathy Meinerts (Chamberlain) of Grants Pass, Ore. He joined his children, Dale Chamberlain and Danny Chamberlain in heaven. He is survived by siblings, Marilyn Williams of Waverly, Beverly Hart of Franklin, Brenda Goodey of Loami, Donnie Chamberlain of Franklin; grandkids, Valerie Chamberlain of Jacksonville, Christina Heffron of Williston, N.D., Misty Chamberlain of Beardstown, Chloe Chamberlain of Gilbert, Ariz., Kaci Chamberlain of Gilbert, Ariz., Cami Chamberlain of Gilbert, Ariz., Kenzie Chamberlain of Gilbert, Ariz., and Emma Meinerts of Grants Pass, Ore.; and great-grandchild, Gabriella Thomas of Jacksonville.
Lawrence grew up in Jacksonville and graduated from Jacksonville High School in 1963. He enlisted in the U.S. Army the same year and served as a combat engineer. Shortly before deployment to Laos, he returned to Jacksonville to support his family. Lawrence's passions early in life were racing stock cars, playing pool, bowling, fishing, coaching his kids in sports and spending time with his family. He was proud to be a fourth-generation shoe repairman, a craft he learned from his father.
In 1990, his love of the Southwest carried him to the base of the Superstition Mountains in Apache Junction, Ariz. His passions later in life included appreciating the Southwestern lifestyle, supporting his children in their pursuits in sports and education, competing in billiard tournaments, researching family history and spoiling his grandkids daily with love and attention. Lawrence retired in 2008 as a recreational vehicle salesman.
Lawrence was truly rich with the love of friends and family. He was the ultimate optimist; he was able to find the positive and good in all. He touched so many lives with his heart and soul and will be sincerely missed. He will be cherished in heaven as he was on Earth.
Celebration of life services will be held 2 p.m. Saturday at the Masonic Center in Jacksonville. Dishes may be dropped off at 9 a.m. Sonoran Skiles Mortuary in Mesa, Ariz., is in charge of arrangements. In lieu of flowers and cards, a donation account has been established in memory of Dwight Lawrence Chamberlain at Wells Fargo Bank to accept donation to assist in the final expenses. Please make donations in care of Vicky Chamberlain 08/07/1957.
Published in Jacksonville Journal-Courier on June 9, 2013