Lawrence A. Massengill

Lawrence A. Massengill

October 07, 1929 - August 09, 2014

Lawrence A. Massengill

October 07, 1929 - August 09, 2014


Lawrence Anthony Massengill (Tony), of San Clemente, California passed away Saturday, August 9, 2014 surrounded by his family.

He was born in Inglewood, California on October 7, 1929 to Nell and Samuel Massengill and was married to the love of his life, Barbara, for 64 years.

Tony received a Bachelors of Arts degree in Business from Upper Iowa University, was a veteran in the US Army Air Corps, and enjoyed a career that spanned 40 years in the aerospace and defense industry. He retired at 59 as VP Sales and Marketing and traveled the world with Barbara, family and friends.

Tony was an automobile and aircraft enthusiast, owning dozens of different, and often unusual, makes and models of cars throughout his life.

Tony was an avid historian and published author in both periodicals and newspapers, on topics ranging from WW2 battle strategies to social issues. He served for 15 years in leadership positions in the Lions Club.

Tony was preceded in death by his son Lawrence Massengill Jr. and is survived by his wife Barbara; his daughter Susan (Frank); sons Mark and Matthew (Bernice); his 6 grandchildren Carolyn, Alex, Samantha, Gabriel, Cassidy and Noelle; and his 7 great-grandchildren Luke, Matthew, Gianna, Breanne, Derek, Cody and Ryan.

Funeral services will be held at St. Edwards the Confessor Catholic Church on August 14 at 11:00 AM with a reception immediately following the Mass at San Juan Hills Golf Club.

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2 responses to Lawrence A. Massengill

  1. Christi says:

    Our deepest condolences to the Massengill Family during this difficult time. Tony will be greatly missed but our memories of him will last forever.
    Love, Don & Christi Flanigan

  2. Toney, is my BEST Military Buddy and life long friend. A wonderful man, friend, Father, Husband, Grand-Father & Great Grand Father. We both graduated from Air Force Radar School together; both of us at the top of our classes in both Ground Radar & Airborne Radar. We both loved airplanes and flying & were assigned as Radar Operators, Navigation and Bombing, 16th Photo Recon. Squadron. We were among General LeMay’s Strategic Air Command bomber crews, B-29’s and at the “top of our game”. As best friends, we were competitive and when he “skunked” me he always had that broad grin, “the rascal”. Toney was the kind of Military Buddy who would have “paid the ultimate” for a fellow Buddy.
    After marriage and college, both employed in the Aerospace Industry; we were able to have Barbara and Julia, our wives, meet, becoming good friends. As we traveled for our Companies
    across the U.S. and Canada we often had our Families meet and enjoy, including vacations together. For sixty seven years plus we have been best friends. In my career I have had many good friends but NEVER a better friend than Toney Massengill! Julia and I consider Toney, Barbara and Family among God’s wonderful BLESSINGS of life. Susie, Matt and Mark we have known all of their lives, a credit to their parents. Along with Julia and I, our sons John ,Jr. and Bill send our deepest sympathy. Toney and I had, a long time ago, planned a Captain Morgan/ OJ toast to each other in person. Although it is not to be; maybe St. Peter will indulge us as we both report to THE SUPREME COMMANDER, I know my Buddy is already there. GOD LOVE OUR MASSENGILLS. All I can do this day in honor of MY Buddy is fly The Flag at “half mast” and pray for OUR MASSENGILLS. We LOVE you,John, Julia, John,Jr. and Bill. We must keep in touch, you all are special to us.

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