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Victor Lawrence

Victor Lawrence

June 11, 1943-Nov. 5, 2013

Victor Edward Lawrence died Tuesday, November 5, 2013, with his beloved wife, Patty, by his side at their home in Rimrock, Ariz.

Born in Cleveland, Ohio, on June 11, 1943, to Bismarck, N.D. native and Lake Melissa resident Elizabeth Ann LaRose Lawrence, and Bismarck physician Dr. Edward John Laskowski, Vic attended grade school and high school in Bismarck and graduated from North Dakota State School of Science in Wahpeton.

A lifelong adventurer, Vic traveled the U.S. extensively, working in diverse careers including mechanic (Neenah-Menasha, Wis., and Nashville, Tenn.); ski resort maintenance (Mammoth Lakes, Calif.); cruise line corporate sales (Los Angeles, Calif.); lumberjack (Cathlamet, Wash.); marine supply sales (Astoria, Ore.); harbor master (Cathlamet, Wash.); bare-boat captain (St. John, U.S. Virgin Islands); and shuttle bus driver (Sedona, Ariz).

A lover of nature, Vic's passion for photography began as a teenager and culminated in a stunning record of a life lived with curiosity and a keen eye for beauty. Vic was always at his best outdoors, whether driving on the open road, photographing nature, sailing, scuba diving, snorkeling, or hiking.

After Vic retired, he and Patty shared many weeks and months-long road trips in their ship-shape RV "Vinnie," exploring coast-to-coast and north-to-south, avoiding major highways and the Interstate system in favor of the "blue roads."

His year-long battle with cancer was, in Vic's words, "another adventure." His and Patty's courage throughout was inspirational.

Vic often said while he appreciated the beauty of everywhere he lived and traveled, his spiritual home was a little lake in Minnesota about 45 miles east of Fargo. It was there, on Lake Melissa, that he spent the summers of his childhood and youth and returned to time and time again in adulthood; and there the friendships formed that built the solid bedrock for relationships so important to him.

Vic will always be remembered as a truly loyal, honest and generous man - and also for his motto, "Eat dessert first!"

He was preceded in death by his mother and father and is survived by his wife, Patty Reski, Rimrock, Ariz.; his sister, Mary Lawrence, Maui, Hawaii; his brother, John Gerrit Laskowski, Norfolk, Neb.; and many cherished friends.