William Silas Lawson
William "Bill" Lawson of Gresham, Oregon was born on 4/18/1929 in Vacaville, California to Edna and Steward Lawson. He was married to Shirley Lawson (nee Walters) for 62 years until her death in 2017.
Bill was a union electrician with IBEW until his retirement in 1991, but is probably best remembered as a performer, appearing with the Sandy Community Players and Gresham Little Theater, Mount Hood Repertory Theater, Oregon Children's Theater, Mount Hood Community Choir, and others. Bill was very active with the Church of Religious Science through the Portland Center for Spiritual
Living, where he was licensed as a practitioner in 1990,
and from 2010 served as practitioner emeritus.
Bill passed away on October 16 at the age of 91 at
Legacy Emmanuel Hospital after sustaining a head injury
from a fall. He is survived by son Robert Lawson of
Seattle, daughter Sheryl Jackson and son-in-law Alan
Jackson of Gresham, son Rick Lawson and daughterin-
law Karen Lawson of Tigard, grandchildren David
Fuhrer, his wife Stephanie Fuhrer, Eric Fuhrer, Corina
Todea, Christian Lawson, Kevin McAllister, Nichole
McAllister, as well as great-grandchildren Ben Jones,
Matthew Stiles and Cadence Stiles.
Private burial with immediate family will be at Forest
Lawn Cemetery in Gresham. A public Celebration of
Bill's life will be held at a later date when it is safe to
In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be
made to Nutz-N-Boltz Theater in Boring, OR; http://
nnbtheater.com/theater/support/ or Play it Forward;
Sandy Funeral Home is handling arrangements.