To view a video tribute for Lawrence Verner Erickson, please click here.\nLt. Col. Lawrence Verner Erickson passed away on July 17, 2006. He was born March 1, 1921 in Murray, Utah to Walter C. and Hazel Rowan Erickson. He married his sweetheart, Margaret Louise Stoker, on February 15, 1946; their marriage was later solemnized in the Salt Lake Temple. \nLawrence served his country proudly in the Army during WWII in the 640th Tank Destroyer Battalion in the Pacific Theater. His military career also included working in B-battery 22nd Field Artillery and worked in the 115th Engineer Battalion. He retired as the commanding officer of the 115th. After his military career, he worked at Geneva Steel and was also a home contractor with his brother, Orin. Also retired from Steel Contractors.\nHe was an active member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. His family was most important to him. He supported all of his grandchildren, from baseball to choir performances. Dad loved the outdoors—fishing, hunting and golf. In his later years, he became an avid mall walker. He enjoyed traveling and socializing. He was loved by many and will be missed by all who knew him.\nSurvived by his children, Judy (Marv) Shewell, Michael W. (Benta) Erickson, Steven D. (Connie Jo) Erickson, Sharon (Darin) Hansen; 12 grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; brothers, Wayne and Stanley (Dorothy); sisters, Betty Bryant and Joan (Bill) Holtman; several nieces, nephews, and many loving friends. Preceded in death by his wife; son, Lawrence Lee Erickson; brothers, Orin, Mervin and Vard; and sisters, Lenea and Dorothy.\nThe family expresses their thanks to the staff at the MICU at the VA Hospital for their loving care.\nFuneral services will be Thursday, July 20, 2006 at 11:00 a.m. at the Butler 10th Ward located at 6634 Greenfield Way (1920 East). Friends and family may call from 6:00-8:00 p.m. on Wednesday evening at Jenkins-Soffe Mortuary, 4760 So. State Street, and one hour prior to services at the church on Thursday. Interment Murray City Cemetery.