Pearson / Suits

Lawrence Victor Pearson Jr.

Lawrence Victor Pearson Jr., known as Larry to his family and many friends, died Feb. 6, 2007. He was born Christmas Day 1918 in Beaufort, S.C., but lived most of his life in California. He was very active and creative all of his 88 years.

He retired as a carpenter from Los Angeles County, where he worked in the Los Angeles County Museum. He had previously owned his own successful garage door business and also worked in aircraft plants as a mechanic, both before and after World War II.

Music was his love. He played saxophone and clarinet and was known to some as "the Saxman." Believing that you are never too old to start something new, he first started playing these horns at age 72. Larry played with the Kingman Concert Band with his great friends in a jazz ensemble. His favorite songs to play were "Georgia on My Mind," "Satin Doll" and "Just a Closer Walk With Thee." Not deterred by having just had his 88th birthday, he had just purchased a new trombone with the idea of also learning to play that instrument.

Larry loved deep-sea fishing, and when living in California, he built, all by himself, quite a number of fishing boats of various sizes. At least three were large fishing craft; one was 31 feet in length. Some of these beautiful craft are still in use today.

He served in the U.S. Navy in World War II. His only brother, Norman C. Pearson, died at Pearl Harbor on the USS Arizona, Dec. 7, 1941.

He was a loving husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather, and is survived by his wife, Jowena "Jo" Pearson, and two sons, Norman W. Pearson and Ron L. Pearson; daughter-in-law, Cindy Pearson; grandsons, Eric Pearson and wife Nikki, Steven Pearson and wife Leigh Ann; and great-granddaughters, Krista and Brooks.

He is also survived by stepdaughters, Terry L. Hendrix-Smith, Bonnie Fosso and Kitty Bensky; stepsons, Layne Hendrix and David Hargis; and step-grandchildren, Tyler Fosso, Leah and Brittany Hendrix-Smith and Danielle Bensky.

Along with Larry's talent for playing music "by ear," he was very creative as a builder of not only houses and many other buildings, but all sorts of creative projects for house and yard.

Loving to do rock work, he built ponds, streams and waterfalls and had several current projects in progress at the time of his death.

He loved all animals and always took time to try to communicate with any animal he came in contact with. He was also very devoted to his own dogs.

The memorial service was held on Feb. 13 at Kingman Presbyterian Church.

Larry will be greatly missed by all but never forgotten in our hearts.

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Robert Palmer Suits

Robert Palmer Suits, 70, of Golden Valley died Tuesday, Feb. 20, 2007, in Golden Valley. He was born Sept. 9, 1936, in Houston.

The service will be at 11 a.m. on Friday, Feb. 23, at Sutton Memorial Funeral Home. Interment will be at National Memorial Cemetery of Arizona, Phoenix.