Lawrence James Roberts
1943 - 2021
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Lawrence James Roberts

(08/28/1943-4/7/2021)

Lawrence James Roberts was the eldest son of WW2 Marine Colonel Edwin S. Roberts, Jr. and Betty Roberts, born in Quantico, VA. As an infant they moved to Los Angeles, and in 1955 to Reno, Nevada. Larry fondly recounted days of his youth having Bob Hope make sandwiches, and later spending all day riding his bike, building forts and jumps, collecting, and taking care of animals and his siblings. He graduated from Bishop Manogue High School, Reno, Nevada.

He was active in the Marine Corps Reserves and other local military groups, and until COVID, he led the efforts to organize the Marine Corps Reunion every Veteran's Day at the Tamarack Junction. At the end of each dinner, the ritual of cutting the cake with the oldest and youngest Marines was performed, using his father's Marine Corps Officer Mameluke sword.

Professionally, he was an architect for Daniel, Mann, Johnson & Mendenhall, and a few other firms, and then opened his own commercial architectural business. Larry was involved in many of the local buildings in the Reno/Sparks area. He was an early innovator in energy efficiencies and was Co-CEO of Western Energy Enterprises. While he was adept at building or renovating new spaces, he was also passionate about history. He spent many summers at Q Ranch in AZ participating in archaeological digs, and his favorite trip abroad was to see the architecture in Egypt.

Larry has three children (Dr. Lisa Jeanne Roberts/Jim Pishue), James (Jim) Lawrence Roberts (Mary Kim, Alec Roberts, son), and Timothy Lawrence Roberts (Kim Roberts, Erin Roberts and Brandon Roberts). He married the love of his life 25 years ago, Judy Roberts, and lovingly embraced her daughters and their families (Lisa Laskey, Kim Laskey, Ren, Mel) and Kristi Morton (Cliff Morton, Gunner, Skylar, Shea, Gage). He is also survived by his siblings, William (Bill) Roberts (Jennifer, Kimberly, and Danny), Jim Roberts (Wendy, Christopher, Corey and Kate), and Chris Kilian (son Sean, daughter Lenni (Tony), and children Nikoli, Dante, Giovanni, Leo, Helena). His cousins remain in contact, including: Don Roberts and daughter Olivia, Marcia Roberts, Louise Vandling, and Kathy Grossman.

Larry was consistently regarded as a genius. He could see potential in many objects, especially if they had wheels, were heavy or susceptible to rust. He loved building, tooling, blacksmithing, archeology, creating—he was truly a Renaissance man. He participated every year at the iconic annual Reno Hot August Nights event, including cruising in his 1965 Chevy Suburban (BKBRNR), and scouring the swap meet for treasures.

He used to wear a t shirt that said "I can't die, I have too many projects"- unfortunately, someone did not get that memo! He was a true friend, always there to help and often to build something to solve a problem. He was kind, funny as hell, and had impeccable manners. He was patriotic, patient, humble and kind, and made this world a better place. His lifestyle made him both mentally and physically strong, and we all share fond memories of the best bear hugs, almost to the point of suffocation. Despite chemotherapy, radiation, and surgery, he lost his battle with pancreatic cancer 15 months after diagnosis.

In lieu of flowers, please send donations to either Circle of Life Hospice Foundation, 1575 Delucchi Lane, Suite #214, Reno, NV, 89502 or the Reno DVA, Sierra Nevada Chapter 989, pio.ndvs@veterans.nv.gov or finance@veterans.nv.gov or call (775) 825-9760 to make a credit card donation via phone. The family will be tentatively holding a celebration of life gathering in Reno, in the fall. If you are interested in attending please email Judy Roberts at jarnv1@att.net, or lisa.robertspishue@gmail.com more details.




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Published in the Reno Journal-Gazette and Mason Valley News on Apr. 18, 2021.
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April 27, 2021
I walked through your lab and work areas today, and I wished you were there to show me your latest projects. Thank you for your kindness and help whenever we needed you. Thank you for loving and caring for my mom. I will miss you.
Lisa Laskey
Family
April 27, 2021
You truly are the love of my life. I will miss you always. I know you are in a better place. Save a spot for me. Judy
Judy Roberts
Spouse
April 22, 2021
So long my good friend. It has been a great friendship beginning in the early 70's when we worked together as draftsmen at Selden Stewart Architects on Forest Street right through our recent conversations regarding your pain and suffering. No complaints, just the way it was.
I have fond memories of the many, many cups of coffee we enjoyed together (you were never without a cup, near one, or making a pot of coffee), your obsession with the pancakes at the Gold and Silver Restaurant and your passion for fishing. One of the few fisherman that did not eat his catch, under any circumstances, but that was you and that was okay! I really wasn't too keen on that ice fishing thing though.
Thank you Larry for being the friend you were, my life is certainly the better for knowing you.
Brady Simmons
Friend
April 18, 2021
My sincere condolences to the Roberts family! It was my pleasure to be Larry’s hygienist for over twenty years. I absolutely agree that Larry was kind and funny as hell! His hugs were the most sincere bear hugs I have ever received. I will miss all of his stories about his family and his archaeological dig‘s. We always had a laugh about whether he was ever going to be done with all of his projects. I hope that great memories of what an amazing man Larry was will bring you peace in time.
Sincerely,
Dawn Nelson
Dawn Nelson
Friend
April 18, 2021
Larry was a unique guy in many ways. Smart ,funny, giving, helpful,. To know him, was to love him. Rest In Peace my friend.
Walls Betty
Friend
April 17, 2021
A truly great guy and friend. We will miss your company, terrific stories and that fabulous laugh.
Keith & Jolley Thomas
Friend
April 17, 2021
One of the greatest guys and storytellers of all time. Oh, how much we will miss you.
Keith & Jolley Thomas
Friend
April 17, 2021
Everything Lisa said about her dad and all that Judy said about her husband is accurate and true. We should all be more like Larry and the world would be a much better place! Peace Larry and Simper Fi... ;-)
Joe M. Beard
Coworker
April 15, 2021
We miss you dad!
Lisa Roberts
Family
April 15, 2021
Larry was every word of this remembrance and more. It was a privilege to be part of his family. We will love and miss him always.
Kristi Morton
Family
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