Raymond Douglas Lawrence
Doug was born on August 11, 1919 in Fort Williams, Ontario and raised in Winnipeg, Manitoba. He and his brother, Ken were championship speed skaters in high school and he served in the Royal Canadian Air force during WWII. After the war, he moved to California and became a U.S. citizen. For a large part of his career, he worked for Henry Doelger as a Maintenance Manager in Daly City, California. Doug married Edith Carney in 1964, and their life together was filled with a deep love and commitment for one another. After Edie's passing, he lived with his daughter and family in Medford. Doug passed away peacefully, surrounded by family and spiritual staff, on March 30, 2006, at Providence Medford Hospital.
Doug taught us what is most important in life: love of family and friends. He was a man of quiet faith, who reflected God's commandments in the way he placed honesty, integrity, and hard work above all else, and by showing a sweet and gentle spirit that touched many. He taught us to reach out to those in need with compassion and an open heart. Doug held an intense passion for honoring his war buddies by keeping their memories alive with stories. He loved to laugh, telling many jokes and singing funny little songs. Let us continue his legacy as we honor our own families and friends.
He is survived by daughter, April and husband, John Tavares; son, Gregory, two grandchildren, Channa and husband, John Arceneaux; and Nevin Tavares, three month old great-grandson, Maliki Arceneaux, his brother, Ken and family in Vancouver, BC. He was married to Muriel Wallace, mother of his beloved children. Doug was preceded in death by Edith, his beloved wife of 36 years, on April 20, 2002.
Dad, as Jesus holds you in His arms,
we will hold you in our hearts forever.
Services will be held at First Presbyterian Church, 8th and Holly, Medford, Ore. on April 12 at 3:00 p.m., Rev. Dr. Joyce DeGraaff officiating. In lieu of flowers memorial contributions can be made to First Presbyterian Church or a charity of your choice.