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Obituary of Lawrence Painter

Lawrence Painter was the third generation of his family to be born in Grass Valley. His father was Harold Painter, a printer for the Union newspaper, and his mother was Maria Rondoni Painter, raised on the Rondoni Ranch off La Barr Meadows Road. Lawrence attended Grass Valley schools and had an abundant interest in all things Sport, perhaps to the detriment of his academics. After graduating from Grass Valley High School, he enlisted in the Army while WWII was in full swing. He was sent to the Pacific to fight a grueling ground war and was severely injured, earning the Purple Heart. Returning home, he spent a year recuperating in a Utah Veterans’ Hospital. After regaining his health,

He married Carol Hoyt, his first, his last, his only love. Lawrence trained as a butcher in local markets and, in the early 1950’s, purchased a small market on Broad Street in Nevada City. In 1959, he joined with partners Bert See and

Joe Dilly, establishing the SPD Market on Zion Street in Nevada City. He later bought out his partners and opened a second store in Grass Valley. Lawrence always believed in giving back to his community, a tradition that continues in the family business. He was an important participant in establishing the Nevada City Little League and in building the ball field at Pioneer Park. Baseball was a great love of his. He played both fast pitch softball for the OK Pool

Hall and hardball for the Nevada City Lumberjacks. He was an avid Giants fan and an equally avid armchair coach. He and Carol both loved golf. They were fifty-year members of Alta Sierra County Club, where they built a house and lived for the rest of their lives.

Lawrence passed away peacefully at home with his family by his side, only three months after the death of his beloved wife, Carol. He leaves behind four sons: Dennis (Patti), David (Sharon), Doug (Cheri), and Dean (Shelly.) (The fact

that the boys all had first names beginning with “D” was never fully explained. Their parents claimed, “It was just coincidence.”) Lawrence also leaves behind nine grandchildren, 15 great-grandchildren, three great-great- grandchildren, and his brother, Royce. Lawrence was predeceased by his parents, his wife Carol, and his sister Beverly.

He was a strict, but loving Dad. He always had an opinion (and too bad if you didn’t like it) but he was always honest. Sometimes it took some convincing, but he never rejected a good business idea. And it wasn’t all that hard to make him laugh. He loved his dogs, his cigars, and a good glass of red wine (even though he put ice in it.) He will be missed. Greatly. A private, family memorial is planned for this Fall.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations be made to the “Carol and Lawrence Painter” scholarship fund at the Nevada Union Joint Unified School District.


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