T. Lawrence Oliphant

OLIPHANT, LAWRENCE-RGBT. Lawrence Oliphant passed away peacefully Tuesday, Nov. 11, 2014, in Highland, Utah at the age of 89 years old.  He was born July 16, 1925 in Salt Lake City, Utah to Elgin Oliphant and Lucy Druceal Toone, the first of 11 children.

He graduated from Lincoln High School in Orem, Utah and then entered the U.S. Army Medical Corps.  After the Second World War he served a 2 ½ year mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in the British Isles. Upon his return, he attended Brigham Young University where he met and married Edith Russell who became his first wife on July 29, 1949.  She lived for only a brief seven weeks, dying from medical complications.  Lawrence then met and married Molly Joyce Slight on June 26, 1951. They were together 48 years raising 11 children together (seven boys and four girls) before her passing June 6, 1999.

During their time together, Lawrence worked many years at Mountain Fuel Supply, and then became a carpet-layer. He loved staying healthy and often walked many miles a day. He and Molly were residents of Springville, Orem, Salt Lake City and Tooele, Utah.

After Molly’s death, Lawrence served as an ordinance worker in the Salt Lake Temple for a year.  During 2002 Winter Olympics that were held in Salt Lake City, Utah, Lawrence set out to visit all his children across the country, while the temple was closed, beginning with his sons John and Owen in Missouri.  It was while there that he met Carol Colleen Crowley, who later became his third wife Aug. 17, 2002.  He and Carol were heavily involved in the Missouri Mormon Frontier Foundation where Lawrence served as president for a time.  Both he and Carol were instrumental in preserving many LDS church historical sites with historical markers in the Ray County area.  They also compiled and published a book with many of the gravesite information they uncovered throughout the Ray County area.  Once published, several copies were donated to the Ray County Museum in Richmond for safe keeping and use by the community.   After five years together, Carol passed away on Sept, 21, 2007.

As a lifelong member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, Lawrence’s faith sustained him throughout his life.  He greatly enjoyed serving his fellowmen through his involvement with his family, his church and, his community.

Lawrence was preceded in death by his brother, Clyde and sister, Nada. He is survived by seven siblings, Roland, Norman, Virginia (who has since passed away as of Sat., Nov. 29, 2014), Robert, Larona, Gineal, Lucy and Gayle; 11 children, Joseph Lawrence (Carol), Edith Atkins, Thomas Lynn, Adrian (Fonda), Eilidh (Larry), Ame Keith (Dewey), Owen Brooks (Dorothy), Ellen Jackson, John Michael (Julia), Benjamin Lewis (Brenda) and Paul Christian (Jennifer). Lawrence has 59 grandchildren and 51 great-grandchildren.

Memorial services were held in Utah Monday, Nov. 17, at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints Chapel of his son, Joe, where he was living at the time of his death.  Lawrence was buried at the Tooele City Cemetery, Tooele, Utah. In lieu of flowers, cards, etc., you may donate to the Missouri Mormon Frontier Foundation (MMFF), c/o Keith Bowen, Current President of MMFF at 520 South Kansas City Avenue, Excelsior Springs, MO  64024.

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