Dwyer Wayne Lawton
October 12, 1935 – May 2, 2021
Dwyer Wayne Lawton has died at the age of 85 years, 6 months and 20 days in Portland, Oregon, from a long debilitating heart disease and vascular disease.
Wayne was born on October 12, 1935 on the farm his grandparents owned in Wendell, Idaho, to Leslie Lawrence Lawton and Hazel Frazier Lawton. He grew up in Wendell and graduated from Wendell High School in 1953. Wayne continued his education in the state of San Francisco to add eligibility courses to the College of Engineering at the University of Idaho. While studying at the University of Idaho, he met Mary whom he later married. They had four children together, Sharlene, Steven, Leslie and Michael. After graduating in the metallurgical engineering field, Wayne was employed by government contractors in San Diego, Calif., Then by Lockheed in Sunnyvale, Calif., And Honeywell in Minneapolis, Minnesota. He eventually located his family in Poulsbo, Washington, where he boarded a ferry to Seattle daily to work for Boeing and Todd Shipyards, while clearing a piece of land in the Poulsbo area to build a house. . His time in the corporate world reinforced his desire to become an entrepreneur. So he moved the family to Tigard, Oregon and bought a business that repaired and rebuilt large pressure vessels and city water tanks. Soon after, he managed to make a fledgling steel inspection business profitable in just over a year. Unfortunately, this has taken a toll on marriage and the family. This marriage has ended. He then married Rita Ottolini, they moved to southern Idaho to run a carpet cleaning business and build Wayne’s mother’s dream home. To keep his promise to Rita, he moved to Columbia, California, to be closer to his children, Susan, Linda and Bonnie. They lived there happily, operating DW Lawton Custom Carpet Cleaning, enjoying their grandchildren, pets and local wildlife until 2019 when they moved to Fresno for home health care. in light of Rita’s dementia. Wayne’s patient, humble demeanor and faith resulted in the gift of God’s grace and the peace he manifested. His integrity was rooted in his belief in God and his faith in Christ. In 2012, he gave in to God’s call to mold him to his will, and he remained faithful to that repentance for the rest of his days.
He is survived by his children: Sharlene Lawton, Steve Lawton and his wife, Maggie, Leslie Marie Lawton and his children Jacquie and Thomas, and Mike Lawton and his wife Sharron, and their daughters Sophia and Kalena, two sisters Geraldine Lawton Burgess and Brenda Lawton Wade and many nephews, nieces and cousins, children of Rita Susan and Bonnie and her many grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
He was predeceased by his parents, his first wife, Mary, and his second wife, Rita.
Posted by Magic Valley Times-News on September 24, 2021.