22 November 2006

libuse businessman mike lawton dies

michael lawton secretary of the holiday village volunteer fire association died today in a freak accident.

town talk: Man dies after apparently falling into a fire in North Rapides Parish
kalb.com: Fire Death in Holiday Village
mr. lawton was also a director of lawton forest products, inc.
more later...
23 november 2006

video: Holiday Park Community & Family Mourns Loss on Thanksgiving
By: John-Thomas Kobos, jkobos@kalb.com
KALB - NewsChannel 5 Online
Nov 23, 2006
A champion to his community, a strong believer in fire safety and a true family man. Michael Lawton of the Holiday Park subdivision passed away tragically yesterday and as News Channel 5's John-Thomas Kobos found out, Lawton paved the way when it came to protecting the ones he loved most.

The Lawton family has planned a visitation on Saturday November 25 at Hixson Brothers Funeral Homes in Pineville from 11am to 3pm. At 3 a memorial service will be held.
24 november 2006

Michael Joseph Lawton Jr., "Mike" passed away unexpectedly November 22, 2006 while working on the property that he loved. Since his retirement, Mike spent his days developing his property, working on projects, and indulging his passion for large equipment. Mike was a one of a kind husband, father, grandfather, and friend. His unique personality was one that left a lasting impression on the many lives that he touched.

He leaves behind a wife of 46 years, Diane Bives Lawton and three daughters, Laura Lawton and husband Glenn Thomas of Breaux Bridge, their two daughters, Sarah and Rachel Thomas; Dana Lawton of Baton Rouge, Stacy Lawton Gauthreaux and husband Chris of Brusly, their two sons, Max and Clay, and his sister, Fay Lawton Keenan of New Orleans. He was preceded in death by his father, Michael Lawton Sr., mother, Agnes Gaudet Lawton, and mother-in-law, Lois Bives. Mike graduated from DeLasalle High School in New Orleans, and received a B.S. in forestry from L.S.U. in 1958.

Mike moved to the area as a forester with Pineville Kraft Corp and retired from Colfax Creosote Co. He was owner and operator of Lawton Forest Products, and was an independent timber consultant in Central La. area until his death. He was a founding member of the Holiday Village Fire Department, serving as president for 18 years, and remained an active member of the department throughout his life. He was a lifetime member of the La. State Fire Association (LSFA) and the La. Jacyees and previously served as a member of the Republican State Central Committee. He will be missed by many and will be remembered his numerous sayings or "Mikeisms'.

Funeral services will be at Hixson Brothers in Pineville, La. on Saturday, November 25 with visitation from 11-3 with a memorial service following in the chapel. In lieu of flowers, the family would like to honor Mike's wishes and request donations be made to the statewide fire fighters LSFA James C. Cahanin Scholarship Fund, 140 LeBlanc St., Ponchatoula, LA 70454.
click here to pay respects; leave a condolence for the family and friends from hixson brothers funeral home.
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michael j. lawton passed away from the louisiana state firemens association