Jerry Lawrence

Obituary of Jerry Lawrence


39 year Resident of Santa Cruz


A private committal is planned for devoted husband, father and friend, Eugene “Jerry” Lawrence, who passed away at Dominican Hospital in Santa Cruz at the age of 83. Born in Modesto, California to Eugene Lawrence and Ruth McKendree Lawrence, Jerry attended Downey High School and earned his Bachelor’s Degree in Park Management from Sacramento State University. He was proud of his long career of more than 32 years as a park ranger in both California State Parks and Palo Alto Municipal Parks Department.


He met Barbara Capell while working at Yosemite National Park, and she later became his beloved wife of 62 years.


Jerry’s hobbies included writing and creating beautiful stained glass windows. He was a member and the first president of the Park Rangers Association of California. His loving wife and daughters will always cherish the memories of camping trips at Yosemite and traveling to many distant parts of the world.

Jerry loved beauty and searched for it as a steward of the outdoors. May peace and beauty now accompany him on his new journey.


He is survived by his wife Barbara Lawrence; his two daughters, Lisa K. Lawrence and Kristin Lawrence;and his two grandchildren; Myles and Lilly Lawrence-Briggs.


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