Obituary: James Martin Lawrence

James Martin Lawrence

James Martin Lawrence

James Martin Lawrence ("Marty") was born Oct. 18, 1952, to Merridy Eileen (Morgan) Lawrence and James W. O'Neill in Pasadena, Calif. At age 15, he was adopted by Bernell (Bernie) E. Lawrence. The Lord and his mom, who preceded him in death on Jan. 24, 2013, took Marty home on June 24, 2015, in Phoenix. His wife of 22 years, Sally Sisson, also preceded him in death Jan. 31, 2007.

Marty is survived by his partner in life, Lynell Kelly; his father, Bernell E. Lawrence; sons, Ronnie Dane Lawrence (Mindy), Travis Martin Lawrence and Brandon Shane Lawrence (Amanda); stepson Ed Sisson (Lesleigh), stepdaughter Cynthia Wallace (Randall) and stepson Scott Littleford; brother Brant Lawrence; sisters Peggy Rowden (Norm), Jodie Gaugler (Harold), Rita Steele (Bob), Carrie Lawrence and Sarah Lawrence; and 10 grandchildren, Travis Jr., Carly, Gage, Gavin, Natalie, Annabelle, Drew, Taylor, Deseree and Daria.

Marty graduated high school at Monument High School in Monument, Ore. He worked 18 years for Ford Motor Company and 12 years with city of Kingman Parks and Recreation prior to retirement.

Marty's life was filled with hunting, sports, four-wheeling, horses, golf and did we mention hunting? His first love! He also taught NRA classes for 16 years, as gun safety was paramount to him.

Marty played hard, was fun-loving and just crazy enough to try anything at least once. Due to serious health issues, we celebrate his freedom from pain and suffering as he returns "Home." Memorial services will be held at the LDS Stake Center at 610 Eastern at 10 a.m. July 10.