Truman Eugene Lawson, 84, died peacefully Saturday, Sept. 7, 2019 at his home in New Pine Creek.
Eugene was born in Lakeview on Dec. 10, 1934 to Truman and Ruth (Butler) Lawson. He was a lifelong resident of New Pine Creek. Growing up, he participated in countless small town escapades with his younger brother Richard and his friends who were up for adventures. He began hunting and fishing at a young age with his extended family. The Warner Mountains were his backyard and he knew every fishing hole, back road and rock to sit on when opening day of deer season arrived.
After attending Lakeview High School, he immediately joined the family business, T.A. Lawson and Sons Logging Company, driving logging trucks in northern California and southern Oregon. In the 1970s, he transitioned to managing the Lawson family ranch. He was proud of his service to the Oregon National Guard in the 1950s, and for 25 years he served his community as the fire chief of the New Pine Creek RFPD.
In 1956 he married Shirlene Baker and had three children, David, Gena and Gerald. This marriage ended in divorce and he married Valdene Lawson in 1968. Eugene’s youngest son, Randy was then born. His loving relationship with Valdene lasted until her death in 2010.
Eugene was known for his big, generous heart, his prankster tendencies and his inquisitive nature. He was the best friend anyone could ever have. His daily visits to many will be greatly missed.
He is survived by: son, David Lawson; sons and daughters-in-law, Gerald and Leah Lawson and Randy and Jaime Lawson; daughter and son-in-law, Gena and Billy Williams; stepsons, Robert Wood and Walter Wood; brother and sister-in-law, Richard and Dixie Lawson; brother and sister in-law, Dorsey and Pam; 10 grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren; and one great-great-granddaughter.
Services for Eugene will be held Thursday, Sept. 12 at 2:00 p.m. at the First Presbyterian Church in Lakeview. Graveside services will follow at the New Pine Creek Cemetery. A catered supper at Goose Lake Park in New Pine Creek at 4:00 p.m. will follow to share memories of Eugene with family and friends.
Contributions in memory of Eugene may be made to the New Pine Creek RFPD, PO Box 111, New Pine Creek, OR 97635 or to a charity of the donor’s choice.
Desert Rose Funeral Chapel is in charge of the arrangements.