Lawrence E. Barton

June 21, 1923 – Sept. 19, 2005

Lawrence E. Barton, 82, died on Sept. 19 with his children and grandchildren by his side. He lived at the Woods at Willow Creek in Salem.

He was born on June 21, 1923 in Goble to Paris and Elizabeth Barton. He attended grade school and high school in Columbia County and joined the Army in 1940, where he served in the South Pacific.

Mr. Barton married Lucilia Burg in 1946; she died in 1989. He worked as a deputy sheriff, logger, and saw filer for 40 years, finishing up at Lester’s shingle mill in Sweet Home.

He enjoyed volunteering his time teaching activities such as, hunters safety, Boy Scouts, and coached baseball and did high school chain gang at football games for 18 years. He was on the Sweet Home Planning Commission and the Sweet Home City Council for 12 years.

He led an active life full of golfing, fishing, hunting and enjoyed riding his motorcycle. He played for the Portland Beavers Baseball team.

The Bartons had four children: daughters Gayla Ray of Lebanon, Linda Kitchin of Salem, Debbie Horner of Sweet Home, and son, Donald Barton of Hubbard. He has 10 grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren. Mr. Barton also had a sister, Hazel Jensen, of Redmond. He is also survived by his wife, Violet Weaver of Roseburg.

He was preceded in death by two brothers, Pete and Buster, his sister, Patricia, his parents and his wife Lucilia.

Workman & Steckly Funeral Chapel handled the arrangements.