Elbert Raynor Lawrence, Jr. passed away peacefully at home at age 92 on July 2, 2019. Bert was born June 23, 1927, in Grantsville, Utah, the son of Elbert R. and Goldie Judd Lawrence. He graduated from Grantsville High School in 1945. He served in the U.S. Navy during World War II, and graduated from Brigham Young University. He worked at Morton Salt until the 1990s.
Bert married Lois Parkinson on March 19, 1954, and they were later sealed in the Salt Lake Temple. They had four children: Annalyn (Dodd) Greer, Judd (Christine) Lawrence, Jeane (Alex) Robinson, and Elliot (Gracelyn) Lawrence. In addition to working full-time at Morton Salt, Bert was a full-time cattle rancher with his brother, dedicating countless hours tending to “the cows.” He was the hardest working man most people ever knew, continuing to work on the farm well into his 80s. He loved the outdoors and hunting, and also enjoyed attending plays and traveling with his wife. He was loved and respected in Grantsville, where he lived all his life.
Above all else, Bert was a devoted husband, father, and grandfather, teaching his children and grandchildren the value of hard work.
He was preceded in death by his parents, brother David (Lois) Lawrence, sister Alice “Onnie” (Norman) Wills, and son-in-law Myron Abraham. He is survived by his wife of 65 years, his children, 10 grandchildren, seven great-grandchildren, his sister Betty Drake, sister-in-law Maralee Parkinson, and about 100 or so cows.
Funeral arrangements will be available at the Didericksen Memorial website, www.didericksenmemorial.com