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Lawrence Stowe Killingsworth


1943 - 2017 Obituary Condolences
November 3, 1943 - April 7, 2017 Lawrence Stowe Killingsworth was born to his proud parents, Dorothy and Cecil Killingsworth in Los Angeles, California on November 3, 1943. He was raised in Brentwood, where he attended Brentwood Elementary, Paul Revere Junior High and University High School. Stowe played football as a quarterback on the Uni Warrior football team. He attended the University of Southern California majoring in petroleum engineering and was a proud member of the Beta Theta Pi fraternity. Stowe always put friendship first, and had many dear and lifelong friends. In 1966, he was drafted into the United States Army. He served as a member of the Army's Special Forces in Vietnam during 1967 where he received the Vietnamese Cross of Gallantry for meritorious service during combat in the Mekong Delta. He also received a battlefield commission which he turned down. After he returned home, he went to work in the family oil and gas business with his father in Kern County. Stowe had spent every summer and holiday season working in the oil fields to gain valuable experience. He and his father worked together for ten wonderful years until his father's untimely death in 1977. Stowe continued his profession as an independent oil and gas producer for the next 20 plus years. He retired in 2000. In 1978, Stowe met the girl of his dreams and love of his life, Susan Morris. They were married in 1980. Married life and family were the most wonderful part of his life. Ashley was born in 1981, Erin in 1983, and Whitney in 1987. Stowe and all his girls! He was the finest father God ever put on this Earth. The tremendous love he showed for his wife and children were unmeasurable and had no end. The family moved from Laguna Niguel to Bakersfield in 1986 so they could all be together and Stowe wouldn't have to travel from Orange County to the oil fields in Kern County every week. Stowe lived with his family in Bakersfield until he and Susan moved to Newport Beach full time in 2010. He is survived by his loving and devoted wife Susan, his daughter Ashley and son in law Michael Ortwein, his daughter Erin and son in law Jock Goodrich, his daughter Whitney and future son in law Sam Salfiti, his grandchildren Caden and Charlotte Ortwein, soon to be Baby Goodrich, his sister Cecily Anne, and his beloved terrier Winston. We're all so blessed to have had Stowe in our lives¿.the larger than life, gregarious, charismatic and legendary man. We will love you forever! There will be a celebration in honor of his life at Pacific View Chapel in Corona del Mar followed by a reception on Saturday, April 29th at 2:00p.m. A donation can be made to the UCLA Lung Transplant Program 1145 Gayley Avenue, Suite #301, Los Angeles, California 90024 in honor or Lawrence S. Killingsworth.
Published in the Los Angeles Times on Apr. 16, 2017
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