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Lawrence A. Marty


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Lawrence A. Marty

Lawrence A. Marty, 88 of Green River, passed away June 16, 2015 at his home. A longtime resident of Green River, Marty died following a brief illness.

He was born on June 17, 1926 in Platte, Neb., the son of the late Herman L. Marty and Frances Jane Harvey Marty.  

Marty graduated from high school in Nebraska. He attended Wayne State College and Creighton University in Nebraska before getting his J.D. degree from the University of Wyoming in 1954. He was a member of Delta Theta Phi.  That same year, he was admitted to the Wyoming State Bar.

He worked at various law offices before becoming partner of Marty and Ragsdale where he practiced many areas of law including Wills and Probate, Real Estate and Mediation just to name a few. He never truly retired.

He was a member of American Bar Association and Sweetwater County Bar Association. He was also a member of Wyoming State Bar and was able to celebrate his 60th year as a member last September.

On April 25, 1958, the Honorable Lawrence A. Marty began serving as a United States Commissioner for the United States District Court for the District of Wyoming.  He served until Dec. 31, 1970.  On Jan. 1, 1971, he was elected to be part-time United States magistrate for the District of Wyoming and served until June 30, 1999.

He married Nellie O. Moerke in Nevada on Aug. 8, 1965 and she preceded him in death on Nov. 8, 2008.

Marty was a member of Emmanuel Evangelical Lutheran Church in Green River.  

Playing golf was his passion. He also enjoyed reading and spending time at his home in Sun Lakes, Ariz.

Survivors include his daughter Karen Marty of Green River; his granddaughter Chelsie Tominc of Green River; one brother, Harvey Marty of St. George, Utah; one sister, Alice May Dawson of Ventura, Calif .; several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife Nellie; two sisters, Frances Jane Jones and Dorothy Ann Reibold.  

Funeral services took place Monday.

Condolences may be left at

The family of Lawrence A. Marty respectfully suggests that donations in his memory be made to Evangelical Lutheran Church at 901 Trona Drive in Green River.


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