In Memory of Patrick Marion LAWSON

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Date of Birth:   July 13, 1948

Date of Death:   November 21, 2012

Life Legacy:
Patrick Marion Lawson was born in Seattle, Washington on July 13, 1948 to Lloyd and Marta Lawson. He passed peacefully holding the hand of his loving wife, Michele, on November 21, 2012 after a long fight with multiple myeloma. Pat grew up in Seattle’s Magnolia neighborhood near Fort Lawton, playing in the woods with his brother, Mike and his friends from Saint Margaret’s grade school. He graduated from Queen Anne High school and studied property management at Shoreline Community College and under the tutelage of Rod Kauffman at the Space Needle. Pat’s career path included work as the Operations Manager at the Space Needle, as a long distance big rig truck driver in all the lower 48 states and Canada, in construction with his brother Mike, as Director of Operations and Facilities at the Port of Anacortes, and as Operations Supervisor at Kemper Development Company. Part of his success in life was attributable to his prolific list-making. Pat had lists for everything except a list of his lists. Pat served as a Gunner’s Mate in the US Navy in Viet Nam and then continued his service to our country in the Air National Guard reserves and on active duty after 9/11, spending over 23 years in military service. Anyone who met Pat was impressed by his kindness, respect for others, and his integrity. He was a devoted husband, an inspiration as a father, and a friend to many. He was an avid motorcycle rider, loved to hike and camp, and travel. He was planning a retirement on the road with Michele in a motorhome but his illness took him before they were able to achieve that dream. Pat is most likely busy in heaven making a list for future trips with that big motorhome in the sky. Pat is survived by his wife, Michele, his beloved daughters, Audrey Sophia Lawson, and Mary Lawson, sister, Mimi Hagan and her husband, Chuck, brother, Mike Lawson, many nieces and nephews, and his best friend, Michael Mosey. Pat was a great husband, great father, and a great brother and a great friend. A family memorial service was held on December 9th and his ashes will be interred with military honors at the Tahoma National Cemetery in the New Year. (Date to be announced.) In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in his name to the Disabled American Veterans ( or to Veterans of Foreign Wars (

Messages of Condolence:

"We are longtime friends of Michele. When we learned she had met a guy and developed a relationship with Pat we were so happy for her. We were invited to their wedding and witnessed their love and commitment to each other. Pat will be surely missed. You could tell each time you saw them together that they were meant for each other. I hope Pat will find some peace now and that we never forget him. Michele, we're so sorry it took us this long to pay our respect to you and Pat. With love, Carin and Allan"
- Carin and Allan Morgan

"Michelle, I am sorry for your great loss. Pat was one of the kindest people I have every met. He was always willing to lend an ear and would give his very thoughtful advice (or commentary). I first met Pat in 1975 @ the Space Needle and continued working with him, off and on thru the late 90's.....I don't think I know a soul that did not like Pat. His respect & kindness and true to all attitude was paramount. We shared a helluva lot of laughs and worked on many projects together. I feel so blessed to have kown him and so lucky to have seen him @ the Space Needle 50th aniversary employee party. What a man! Loved him dearly. "
- Chris Tufts

"Pat and I served in the navy together. We ,unknowingly, attended Gunner's Mate A School at Great Lakes Naval Station, at the same time, he at night and me during the day. We attended Survival, Evasion, Resistance and Escape School together at Little Creek, Virginia and Camp AP Hill, where we spent a week living off the land in the Great Dismal Swamp. We both lost weight. We flew to Saigon and then Dong Tam, Vietnam together. We met Mike Mosey there. Pat took my day on the perimeter patrol boat on Christmas, 1967, while I went to the Bob Hope show at Camp Bearcat. We were part of a group of people who took a crane down river to retrieve a Vietnamese river assault group iron clad boat that had been sunk during a fire fight. We spent the Tet offensive together and often reflect on being mortared every two hours for a month. We drank a lot of beer together. Pat and Mike extended in country and had a very nice vacation in Australia and Singapore. During his extension, Pat spent a week on the SEAL support boat helping out. Pat was always dependable. And, Pat and Mike were always inseperable."
- Gordon Hillesland

"We were so fortunate to know Pat, however briefly, and see the love, care and affection he and Michele shared.They fit each other so well. Michele, we send our love, and to all of Pat's family and friends, we wish you Peace whenever you think of him."
- Howard and Jeannie Canada

"Pat and I were buddies as kids on Lawton Street, running through the woods, building forts, riding bikes, and playing baseball every night after dinner. He was a very kind person - and very patient with me, the late sleeper. How many mornings he waited for me in his Renault Dauphine while I threw on my clothes and ran out the door. And never a word of complaint on the ride to QAHS! Lots of great memories of a neighbor we were very lucky to live next door to. Best to all of you in your loss. "
- Jane Messenger

"Our sympathy, condolences and prayers for Michelle and for Pat's family and friends."
- John Oglesby & Michelle Dufour

"Michele, I am so sorry to hear of your loss. Sending you warm thoughts and prayers. I was able to meet you at the 50 th Space Needle reunion and to see my dear friend Pat. I have such special memories working with Pat at the Needle. What a great man. "
- Kathie Gemmill

"Pat was an inspiration in kindness and compassion. I had the privilege of working for him at the Space Needle so many years ago. I have never forgotten the lessons in patience, kindness and as so thoughtfully stated, list making. Pat was a friend and a mentor at a time when this young man was just starting his career in facilities. As an older man bringing new leaders up through these career challenges, I find myself using lessons learned from Pat to continue helping others. I will miss you my friend. The world will miss you."
- Mark Puchalski

"Michelle, Paulette and I share your loss. We were so happy that you were found each other. We were overjoyed to attend your wedding and think foundly of the times we shared at Valentines Day dinners. Our prayers are with you in your time of loss. "
- Michael & Paulette

"You will always be in my thoughts and heart as will Michele, Bill , Mary and Audrey. Thanks for always being there for me. Love you Brother!"
- Mike Lawson

"I'm sorry to hear about Pat's death. I have such fond memories of growing up next door to the Lawsons. Pat was a kind and gentle soul; I hope his passing was the same for all."
- Nancy Messenger

"I'm sorry to hear of Pat's death. I have fond memories of growing up next door to the Lawsons, almost a second family. Pat was a kind and gentle soul; I hope his passing was the same for all who cared for him."
- Nancy Messenger

"Michelle, What a loving and caring tribute to a man you clearly loved. Renae Harris"
- Renae Harris

"Dear Michele, I am so sorry for your loss. Pat sounded like a lovely person. I think of you daily and send you healing thoughts during this difficult time. Love you dearly."
- sylvia and ali bengisoy

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