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 Lawrence Henson West

Lawrence Henson West

Pleasant Grove, Utah County, Utah, USA
Death 27 Nov 1951 (aged 65)
Salt Lake City, Salt Lake County, Utah, USA
Burial Pleasant Grove, Utah County, Utah, USA
Plot D-13-076-04
Memorial ID 64046 · View Source
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Lawrence was born in Pleasant Grove, Utah to George D. and Cassie Ann W. West.

His first marriage was to Lydia Carlson (1889-1971).

Their children: George Elwood 1907-1944, Cora 1910-1910, Therold Charles 1911-1992, Dewey Lawrence 1913-1949.

His second marriage was to Sarah E. Hatch Sarantinos on December 28, 1921.

Lawrence Henson West was born Nov 4, 1886 in Pleasant Grove, Utah in his Grandmother Walker's home. He was the first child born of George Daiel West and Cassa (Carrie) Ann Walker. He had nine brothers and sisters. Throughtout his life he was called by a nick name, which was Lonnie.

In 1900 his parents built a new home in which he was raised.
He had a good voice and sang in public much of his early life. At the age of six he sang in conference--"I Am A Mormon Boy." He was so small he had to stand on a stool to be seen by the audience.
He spent a lot of time with his grandfather, Henson Walker Jr, and he often talked of him and of how much he loved him.

He started school in what is now a Pioneer Memorial Building in Pleasant Grove, Utah. When he was fifteen years old, he walked and drove a herd of sheep to Nevada with Jay Freeman. He worked part-time with sheep until he was married.

He married Lydia Carlson in Provo, Dec. 14, 1908. They had four children born to them, the first being a girl- stillborn- then three boys: Therold Charles, Dewey Lawrence (who died at the age of 35 from a heart attack), and George Elwood, who was killed over German during World War II at age 29.

Lonnie was a veteran of World War I serving in the Army.

He married Sara Ellen Hatch Sarentinos, Dec. 28, 1920 in Grand Junctiion, Colorado. Because of both having married previously, they started their marriage with five children. They lived in Hill Creek, Utah, where he worked at an oil well. He was a good father and it seemed that the family got along extremely well. He loved his step-daughters and theri families as they were his own.

In May of 1921 they moved to Rainbow, Utah, where he worked in the Gilsonite mines.

They had one child born to them in 1926--Joan.

He became ill and moved his wife and family back to his home town, Pleasant Grove, in 1932. He was 45 years of age and could never work again. He contracted a dread disease--Multiple Sclorosis. He was gradually paralized all over his body.

During his illness, he became an Elder inthe Church and a ward teacher; he also collected ward budget. He and his wife, Sara, were married in the Salt Lake Temple, Dec. 11, 1936. He became a very humble man and attended Church regularly.

He had a good sense of humor and had many friends and thorugh his willpower to walk, he never owned a wheel chair. When some of my friends came to our home to stay overnight, Dad would get us to laughing until he would have to get after us to settle down to bed.

He lived 20 years with the disease and succumbed at the age of 65 in the Veterans hospital in Salt Lake City, Nov. 27, 1951. He was buried in Pleasant Grove Cemetery, Dec. 1, 1951.

By Joan West Strasburg, daughter

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  • Originally Created by: Utah State Historical Society
  • Added: 2 Feb 2000
  • Find A Grave Memorial 64046
  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Lawrence Henson West (4 Nov 1886–27 Nov 1951), Find A Grave Memorial no. 64046, citing Pleasant Grove City Cemetery, Pleasant Grove, Utah County, Utah, USA ; Maintained by SRBentz (contributor 47051679) .