Lawrence Richardson

richardson-larry-obitAugust 16, 1949 — December 30, 2016

Lawrence David Richardson, 67, passed away Friday, Dec. 30, 2016. He was born on Aug. 16, 1949, in Dunn, North Carolina, to Frances Farrah Richardson and Lawrence Bedford Richardson, Jr. He married Sharon Beth Richardson on July 23, 2004, in Thousand Oaks, California.

Lawrence preferred to be called “David” or “Larry.” While David was born in North Carolina, he grew up in Canoga Park, California, and spent most of his life in California. He spent ten years living in Dryden, Michigan, and most recently resided in Washington, Utah. He was a decorated sergeant in the Army and served his country with high honors in the Vietnam War.

Once discharged from the Army, David began his long career in the auto industry working for and then selling General Motors vehicles. His passion for cars ended with him being dubbed the “Vette Guy” mainly due to his specialty in the sale of Corvettes and the fact that he owned a black Z06 Corvette that he didn’t let anyone touch. David always had a gift with landscapes and possessed a green thumb that he passed onto his children. He dearly loved his wife, his kids, his grandchildren and his country.

He is survived by his wife, Sharon Beth Richardson of Washington, Utah; his son Eric Richardson and his wife, Mary, of Ipswich, Massachusetts; his son Kevin Richardson and his wife ,Rachel, of East Boston, Massachusetts; his son Jeffrey Richardson and his wife, Jennifer, of Chula Vista, California; his son Todd Richardson of Mesa, Arizona; his daughter Shannon Eaker and her husband, Michael, of Simi Valley, California; his sister Brenda LaVette of Mt. Vernon, Missouri; his grandchildren Austin, Rhiannon, Alyssa, Tyler, Harper and Savannah; his niece Elizabeth “Missie” Ray and her children, McKenna and Skyler; and his nephews William Smith and Robert Smith. He is preceded in death by his mother, Frances, and father, Lawrence.

The family would like to give their heartfelt appreciation to the Dixie Regional Medical Center and particularly Dr. Bryce Ferguson and the nursing staff in the ICU for the amazing care they gave to David.

Funeral services

  • Memorial services will be held on Saturday, Jan. 7, 2017, at 10 a.m. at the Spilsbury Mortuary, located at 110 S. Bluff St., St. George, Utah.
  • There will be a gathering after the memorial service. Details for the gathering will be given out at the memorial service.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund at

Arrangements are made under the direction of Spilsbury Mortuary, 435-673-2454. Friends and family are invited to sign David’s guestbook at

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