Roy Lawrence (1927 - 2017)

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Roy Eugene Lawrence
May 13, 1927 - April 6, 2017
Roy was the youngest child of Flay and Hazel Lawrence of Glenns Ferry, Idaho. His siblings were Irene, Jewell, and Robert.
Roy attended schools in Glenns Ferry and in January, 1945, was granted a dispensation for his final semester of high school so he could enlist in the US Navy and join the war effort. He served on the Bonhomme Richard Cruiser as a gunnery specialist and was honorably discharged in July, 1946.
After the Navy, Roy met the love of his life, Betty Fern Nugent of Middleton, Idaho. They were married August 9, 1949 in Boise, but they didn't put down roots. They headed to Newburg, Oregon so Roy could attend college. He graduated from George Fox University with a degree in Math. While in Newburg, Betty gave birth to their first two children, David, and two years later, Doug.
Salt Lake City became their next home in 1952, where Roy worked at Case Company as a tractor salesman. Roy and Betty's third son, Ronald, was born in Salt Lake.
In 1954 they moved to Glenns Ferry to work on the family ranch. Their daughter, Nancy was born in 1955. Roy worked for awhile as a cowboy but education was his calling. On the same day their last child, Diane, was born in 1957, Roy began his lifetime career as a teacher at his alma mater, Glenns Ferry High.
Over the next nine years Betty and the kids followed Roy to Burns, Oregon where he taught high school math and physics for five years, then to three different college towns so Roy could continue his love of education. He attended the College of Idaho, Arizona State University, the University of Idaho, and the University of Connecticut.
By the time the family finally settled in Caldwell in 1970, Roy had earned a total of three Masters Degrees. He taught math at Parma and Caldwell schools for several years and finished his career in 1989 after ten years at Idaho's State Board of Teacher Certification.
Roy enjoyed many hobbies. He loved woodworking, rock polishing, fishing, hunting, playing cards, camping, and aviating. (He even owned his own plane in the 1950s.) He was a lifelong Mason, and in the fall of 2011, was honored with a 50-year membership ceremony at the Masonic Lodge in Glenns Ferry.
Roy was happiest when he and Betty were traveling. They visited all 50 states, Canada, and Mexico, most of these in their fifth-wheel, and after Roy's retirement, they took the trip of their dreams to New Zealand and Australia.
Roy is survived by his brother Jewell; four devoted children, David (Chris), Doug (Marguerite), Nancy Daniels (Marvin Brent), and Diane Bell (Steve). He also leaves behind seven grandchildren who love him whole-heartedly, and six great-grandchildren who were the sparkle in his eyes.
He was preceded in death by his parents, his brother Robert, and sister, Irene Larsen. Roy's son, Ronald, died in 1976 and Betty, his wife of 68 years, passed last year. Roy will love nothing more than being reunited with Betty and Ronald and maybe having a beer with his old friend, George Rosandick.
There will be a celebration of life on Wednesday, April 12th at 3:30 p.m. at Caldwell Presbyterian Church EPC, 603 Everett St, Caldwell, Idaho, under the direction of Dakan Funeral Chapel, Caldwell. He will be laid to rest next to Betty in a private family service at Idaho State Veterans Cemetery, Boise.
The family wishes to express our sincere appreciation to the staff at Spring Creek Ustick Assisted Living Facility in Meridian. He'd want them to know he felt loved and accepted by all the caretakers and friends that brightened his time there.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Idaho State Veterans Cemetery, 10100 Horseshoe Bend Rd., Boise, Idaho 83714. Condolences may be shared with the family at www.dakanfuneralchapel.com.

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Published in Idaho Press Tribune on Apr. 9, 2017