William (Bill) Lawrence

May 26, 2009

By Contributor

Bill Lawrence

Bill Lawrence

William (Bill) Lawrence, a longtime Issaquah real estate broker and resident, died Wednesday, May 20, 2009, in Issaquah. He was 90.

A committal service will be at 11:15 a.m. June 5 at Tahoma National Cemetery, 18600 S.E. 240th St., Kent. A viewing will be from 3-5 p.m. Wednesday, May 27, at Flintoft’s Issaquah Funeral Home, 540 E. Sunset Way.

Bill was born Jan. 22, 1919, to William B. Lawrence and Mable F. Lawrence. He retired as a lieutenant colonel from the U.S. Army in 1958. During World War II, he served in the China-Burma-India Theatre. He was an engineer in the Army Corps of Engineers. He was in charge of building and destroying airfields in China for the Army. He also served in the Korean War. 

He owned and operated Bill Lawrence Realty in Issaquah from 1960-1979. He served on the board of directors for the Issaquah Chamber of Commerce and was a member of the National Association of Realtors. He was very active in community affairs. At one time, he owned the property in Snoqualmie Pass, which is now Alpental Ski Resort. 

He married Patricia S. Harrigan on Thanksgiving Day, Nov. 27, 1977, in Blaine. After his real estate career, in 1979, he moved to Selah, where he and his wife Pat, owned and operated a large alfalfa farm. 

They also bred and raised racehorses. They raced some of these horses at Longacres for several years. They were also active in the breeding and showing of purebred dachshunds. 

He and Pat spent many hours in both good and foul weather fishing for catfish, salmon and trout. Bill and Pat also traveled around the world, including China, Turkey, New Zealand and Australia. 

Bill was preceded in death by his lovely wife, Patricia S. Harrigan-Lawrence. He is survived by a niece, Deborah Brown, and a nephew, William Varley, and also many friends.

Memorials can be made to the Veterans of Foreign Wars, The American Legion, Issaquah Valley Senior Center or a charity of your choice.

Friends are invited to share memories and sign the family’s online guestbook at www.flintofts.com.

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