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John P. Lawton

Company L-1

18 Jun 1937 - 3 Sep 2015

Place of Death: Vienna, VA

Interment: Arlington National Cemetery

It is with great regret and sorrow that we must notify you of the death of our Classmate, John Lawton, on September 3, 2015.

John is survived by his wife, Barbara, and his children: Andrew; Matthew, his wife, Tenley, and their children, Brady and Sienna; Kathleen; John Michael; and Mary and her husband, Trevor Smith.

Condolences may be sent to Barbara and the Lawton family at 10120 Westford Drive, Vienna, VA  22182.

Donations in memory of John may be sent to Capital Caring, Resource Development - Donor Services, 2900 Telestar Court, Falls Church, VA  22042 or online at the link in Mary's message. 

John's daughter Mary has reported that a date at Arlington for her father's funeral will be June 14th at 8:45AM. The service will start promptly at 8:45AM at the Old Post Chapel on Fort Myer followed by the burial and then we would like to have everyone join us to celebrate the amazing man we all loved at the Officer's Club. More details once we connect with the Officers Club however we all know he loved bourbon so we hope you will join us and tell a few Nasty Jack, Maverick (or whatever you called him) stories! 

John Lawton's funeral will be at 8:45 AM on 14 June at the Old Post Chapel, Fort Myer, VA.  A reception will follow at the Fort Myer Officers Club. 

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 Well done, John.  Be thou at peace.

Obituaries:

John P. Lawton, a retired Army colonel and highly decorated Vietnam veteran who later served as Deputy Director of the Office of Memorial Affairs in the Department of Veteran Affairs, died September 3, 2015 at his home in Vienna, VA at the age of 78.

Colonel Lawton, a resident of Northern Virginia since 1987, was born at the Presidio of San Francisco, CA, and was the son of an Army Lieutenant General. He served 37 years in the Army before retiring in 1990. His career included service in Germany and Vietnam where as a commander of a rifle company in the 101st Airborne Brigade he was severely wounded while earning the Distinguished Service Cross. On a subsequent tour in Vietnam, he commanded a Long Range Reconnaissance Company and later a battalion at Fort Dix, NJ. In addition to the Distinguished Service Cross, he is the holder of two Silver Stars, one Bronze Star for Valor and four Purple Hearts and is a member of the Ranger Hall of Fame at Fort Benning, GA. He is survived by his wife Barbara and his children Andrew, Matthew, Kathleen, Michael and his grandchildren Brady and Sienna. Burial, with full military honors, will be held at Arlington National Cemetery, at a later date.

Published in The Washington Post on Sept. 6, 2015

Remembrances:

Class Memorial Pages\L-1 John Lawton.pdf

Today, September 3, 2015 our father, Col. John P. Lawton, passed away surrounded by his family at home in Vienna, VA. He requested that we say the rosary for him and he passed away during the last decade. He spent his last days surrounded by his children, wife and his friends.

Dad said that each day he lived after Oct. 8 1967 was a gift. His friends and family were the most important things to him in the world, as was the US Army. Dad served 37 years in the US Army, which as you know he thought was the only branch. Dad was inducted into the Ranger Hall of Fame for his extraordinary valor and service.

He will be buried at Arlington National Cemetery with full military honors, details to be sent out once arrangements have been made.

I know it has been a long wait to get this date but we do in fact have a date at Arlington for our father's funeral, June 14th at 8:45AM. The service will start promptly at 8:45AM at the Old Post Chapel on Fort Myer followed by the burial and then we would like to have everyone join us to celebrate the amazing man we all loved at the Officer's Club. More details once we connect with the Officers Club however we all know he loved bourbon so we hope you will join us and tell a few Nasty Jack, Maverick (or whatever you called him) stories!  

A few of you have reached out with stories you remember about our father and we all laugh just picturing him getting into trouble or being the brave man who raised us to be as stubborn as he was. We look forward to honoring and celebrating his life with all of you in June.

In memory of our Dad donations can be made to Capital Caring Hospice: https://secure2.convio.net/cc1/site/Donation2;jsessionid=00000000.app203a?
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Regards, Barbara, Andrew, Matthew, Kathleen, Michael, Mary, Tenley,Trevor,
Sienna and Brady

COL Lawton  was a good influence on my young sons, daughters, my wife and me.  He loved the army, and was especially proud of the infantry and the rangers.  We knew that some parts of his experiences haunted him yet he continued with his life, his family, God and serving others.

Later, I learned from a fellow church member that the rangers honored COL Lawton’s service and heroism in combat with an induction into the Ranger Hall of Fame in 1997.  I am proud to have known COL Lawton during the latter part of his years.

John Aucella  CA Technologies