Lawrence Edward Bauer “Silver Bear” passed away September 18, 2014. He was born May 18, 1943, in Cedar City, Utah, to Harry Lowe Bauer and Barbara Lawrence Bauer. He married Laurae Lawrence May 23, 1974, in Henderson, Nevada, and later their marriage was sealed in the Manti Temple.
He was raised in Cedar City, but more or less grew up in the mountains. His mother Barbara once jokingly stated that he was born 100 years too late. He loved being part of the High Valley Mountain Men Club where he served as president and loved to teach others about the mountains and the past way of life. He attended Utah Tech to receive his welding certificate and later he attended Utah State University for butchering school.
He was a man of ingenuity and could find a purpose for many things, and therefore could do many things, be it being a school custodian, welder, nurse’s aide, greenhouse worker or among many other trades he called his own. He was active in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints where he served many callings. Silver Bear also enjoyed teaching the young and old all about gun safety, which he did for many years. His family and friends will dearly miss him.
Silver Bear is survived by his wonderful wife Laurae who has been his most loving companion of Washington, Utah; children, Laura (Sam) Charter Ivins, Utah; Troy Bauer, Washington, Utah; Janice (Brett) Richardson, St. George, Utah; and Karen (Gaylen) Rowberry, St George, Utah; 17 grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. He is also survived by two brothers & a sister, George (Marie) Bauer, Cedar City Utah; David (Gerlinde) Bauer, Henderson, Utah; and Joan (John) Vincent, Cedar City, Utah. He was preceded in death by his parents, Harry Lowe Bauer and Barbara Lawrence Bauer and by two grandchildren Kaylie Rose Richardson and Kole James Richardson.
The family would like to give their gratitude to Dixie Regional Medical Center especially Susan, and Dr. Callahan and his staff for all the love and support they have given.
- Funeral services will be on Monday, Sept. 22, at 11 a.m. at the Washington Stake Center, 446 Magnum Road, Washington, Utah.
- A viewing will be held on Sunday, Sept. 21 from 6-8 p.m. at the Spilsbury Mortuary, 110 South Bluff Street, St. George, Utah, and on Monday, Sept. 22 from 9:30-10:30 a.m. prior to services at the Stake Center.
- Interment will take place in the Washington City Cemetery.
Arrangements are made under the direction of Spilsbury Mortuary, 435-673-2454. Friends and family are invited to sign Silver Bear’s guestbook at the Spilsbury Mortuary website.