The resident of Oakley, was born November 30, 1933 in Panguitch, Utah. He had lived with his daughter Theresa, and her family, for the past six years He moved to Pleasanton in 1986, to be near his daughter, Theresa, and train racehorses at the Alameda County Fairgrounds for Bill Curran and Oak Tree Farms. He raced at Golden Gate Fields, Bay Meadows, Sacramento, Santa Rosa and Pleasanton.
After finishing high school, Lawrence served in the Navy during the Korean Conflict. He was stationed in San Francisco and served on the USS Breckenridge from 1955 to 1957. When he returned home, Lawrence worked for Kennecott Copper Corp., Ely, Nevada for 18 years. In 1975, he left Kennecott Copper Corp to follow his greatest passion, training thoroughbred racehorses, which he enjoyed for 35 years. He had started his racing career in Ely, before moving on to racing in Arizona, Montana, and Colorado.
In addition to his daughter, Theresa (Bob) Sherwood of Oakley, and daughter, Cecelia Doub of Pilot Hill, Lawrence is survived by four grandchildren and four great-grandchildren; loving sister; Chyrele Shafer of West Valley, Utah; devoted girlfriend, Sharlene Lee of West Valley, Utah; and former wife, Phyllis Lee.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Samuel and Jennieve Lee; brother, Arthur Lee; first wife, Darlene Chandler Small; and third wife, Mae Lee.
Lawrence’s funeral will be July 25, 2015, 12:00 Noon at the Panguitch City Cemetery in Panguitch, Utah., to be near his daughter, Theresa, and train racehorses at the Alameda County Fairgra