Claude Lawrence

Claude V Lawrence Jr.

Saturday, March 25th, 1944 - Thursday, February 20th, 2020
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Claude Lawrence, an esteemed stage, film and television producer and production manager, has died.  He was 75.  Lawrence died Thursday, February 20, 2020, from disease complications at UnityPoint Trinity West Medical Center in Rock Island, IL, his son Beau Lawrence confirmed through a representative. The Alabama-born film-maker moved to Nashville in 1965 to join the WSM-Television Company, and began his film career as an original company member at The Grand Ole Opry, the Johnny Cash Show and Hee Haw.  Lawrence made his way to Hollywood in 1975 for Dallas, Knots Landing, and Eight is Enough, and The Waltons.  This was soon followed by his work in Thrashin’ (1986), and a number of other films and shows, until his retirement in the early 2000s. Claude was married to Clare Hartnett Lawrence from 1971 until her death in 2016.  He is survived by daughter, Cee Cee Lawrence, sons, Beau Lawrence and Devin Lawrence, and four grandchildren, Ashley Clare, Balencia, Leila and Clarissa. A Celebration of Life will be held for Lawrence in the Quad Cities later in the spring of 2020, with a formal interment to follow at Calvary Catholic Cemetery in Santa Barbara, CA, alongside his wife, Clare Hartnett Lawrence.
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    Calvary Catholic Cemetery
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    Santa Barbara, CA
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    Formal interment alongside his wife Clare Hartnett Lawrence


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Posted at 12:00am
Rest In Peace!

susan daulton

Posted at 12:00am
Condolences to the family. Loved listening to the stories Claude would tell me about his career. He will be missed


Posted at 12:00am
We sure did love him!

Michael Monahan

Posted at 12:00am
We shared many classes together at MHS so I got to know Claude's hopes for a career in the entertainment industry. Fifty years later it was so nice to hear him tell not only that he realized that dream, but that he also excelled. A life well lived.

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