Born in Kentfield, CA on 12/6/1930, died of natural causes in Roseville 9/13/2012. Survived and loved by adoring wife of 56 years, Alberta (Benjamin) Howard, daughters Traci Howard and Kelly (Howard) Asano, son-in-law Alan Asano, long-awaited granddaughter Paige Asano, and beloved American Cocker, Ginger; brother/sister-in-law James (Jim) and Olinda Howard and many nieces and nephews. Predeceased by father Vernon Howard, mother Mickey (Jessie) Garcia, step-father Frank Garcia, sisters Connie Bishop and Evelyn Bevard; father/mother-in-law Walter and Wilma Benjamin, and brother/sister-in-law Warren and Phyllis (Benjamin) Rogers.
Lawrence had very fond memories of growing up in Marin, Nevada and Placer counties. He remembered with great precision that he served in the United States Navy for 3 years 9 months and 28 days and enjoyed being stationed in Guam and Japan. After returning to Placer County, he met and married Alberta on June 11, 1956 in Reno, Nevada then settling in Roseville for the remainder of his life. He worked at Aerojet for some time, then for many years and through retirement at Sierra College. He is remembered by many as a man with a pert sense of humor, delight in a 'lively exchange' of opinions, eagerness to learn and enthusiasm for reading, aversion to social functions, and foremost, his greatest desire to please God. While many of these mellowed as he aged, his deep desire to please God did not and never would. He gracefully left this physical existence with the 'peace that surpasses all understanding' and with the absolute confidence of eternity with his Lord.
His daughters lovingly thank Leslie Kapkin and Granite Spring Care Home for their loving and compassionate care of the best daddy two girls could ever want. He was a wonderful man and will be deeply missed. We were able to say goodbye because we too have absolute confidence of a future with our Lord and know we will see our precious daddy again.
At Larry's request, no services will be held. He lead a fulfilled, long and love filled life. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in his name to the Children's Receiving Home of Sacramento.
Published in The Sacramento Bee on September 23, 2012