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John William Lawson

 

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John William Lawson

John William Lawson, 68, passed away Oct. 9, 2016, at his home in Taylorsville, Utah.

He was a Vietnam veteran and proudly served on the USS Gallup. He was also a long time employee of FMC Corp., Westvaco. 

Lawson was born in Kemmerer, May 7, 1948, to Walter and Stella (Lebolo) Lawson.  He grew up on the Ham's Fork River in Frontier, Wyo., with his brother, Wally, and three sisters, Marianne, Theresa and Cindy. Lawson graduated from Kemmerer High School in 1966 and attended the University of Wyoming before joining the Navy. He had many interests and was something of a lifelong student and attended classes of all kinds, in his trades, colleges and for fun.

Lawson avidly enjoyed music of all kinds. He particularly loved old time country music and oldies rock N' roll. He was a talented craftsman and enjoyed making jewelry and crafting leather gifts for loved ones. He loved making beautiful things with his hands.

Lawson was a spirited debater and a happy devil's advocate to any point of view.  He enjoyed laughing with his friends and family and teasing his grandkids endlessly, but always with great love. He was a generous soul who tried to make things better for those around him whenever he could. He was a passionate advocate of the underdog, including his Cleveland Browns. 

His greatest pride and joy came from his daughters and his grandchildren. His warm smile and twinkling eyes will be missed by all. 

He is survived by his children Kellie Rae Rockey and her son Sawyer, of Denver; Kerrie and Daryl Wadsworth and their sons Dallas, Dalton, Logan and Lucas, of Green River; Kimberlie Kwallek and her sons Wyatt, Noah and Logan of Tooele, Utah; and Konnie Lawson and Ed Grable and her children Jacob, Quinton and Violet, of Gillette.  He is also survived by his siblings Wally and Mary Lawson, Marianne and Todd Behrnes, Theresa and Dale Clayton, and Cindy Kunkle, as well as numerous nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his son, John William Lawson, Jr., and his parents Walter and Stella Lawson.

Memorial services will take place at Ball's Funeral Home, 915 Pine Ave., in Kemmerer, Monday at 10 a.m.  He was passionate about taking care of our veterans.  Gifts made in his name to any veteran's organization of your choosing would greatly honor him.

 

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