Robert D. Lawler Jr.

Robert D. Lawler Jr.

December 22, 1963 - April 09, 2020
Mission Viejo CA

Robert D. Lawler Jr.

December 22, 1963 - April 09, 2020
Mission Viejo CA


On Thursday, April 9, 2020, Robert D. Lawler (Bob), loving husband, father, and grandfather passed away at age 56.

Bob was born on December 22, 1963, in Chicago, IL to Robert and Mary Lou (Fitzpatrick) Lawler. Bob was 12 years old, when his family relocated to Hattiesburg, MS. After Bob graduated from high school, he joined the United States Marines where he served his country for 10 years achieving the rank of Sergeant. While in the Marines, he met his loving wife, Deborah White, who was also a United States Marine. After his years of service, Bob was honorably discharged. On November 23, 1991, Bob and Debbie were married and started their family in Southern California where they raised their two daughters, Alyssa and Lindsey.

Bob had a passion for cooking, fishing, camping, and gardening. He loved to combine his hobbies by creating meals to entertain family and friends with the fish he caught, vegetables he grew and meat he smoked in “Bertha,” his beloved smoker. Bob will best be remembered by his gregarious personality, quick wit, infectious smile, generosity and gatherings at his home to celebrate family and countless friendships. Bob’s relationships were vast and it can be said that when in public, he never met a stranger. Bob lived life large and each day as if it were his last. Bob will forever be missed and never forgotten.

Bob was preceded in death by his father, Robert. He is survived by his wife, Debbie, daughters, Kelsey, Alyssa (Abie), and Lindsey, and his grandchildren, Logan and Lexi, his mother, Mary Lou, his twin sister Angela (Thomas), sisters Janice and Margaret (Doug), brother Daniel, and countless nieces, nephews and cousins.

Burial services to follow at El Toro Memorial Park located at 25751 Trabuco Road, Lake Forest, CA 92630. A celebration of life will take place directly following the burial at Bob’s home.

In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation in Bob’s name to the Wounded Warrior Project:



Graveside Service

  • Date & Time: May 01, 2020 (1:00 PM)
  • Venue: El Toro Memorial Park
  • Location: 25751 Trabuco Road Lake Forest, CA 92630 - (Get Directions)
  • Phone Number: (949) 951-9102

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36 responses to Robert D. Lawler Jr.

  1. Wayne Hynum says:

    I was the Director of Aldersgate in Hattiesburg when I met Robert. He was around 13 or 14 years or so old at the time. I only really knew him as a kid, but I can tell you that Robert was a great kid, and I’m sure he was also a great adult. Even when he was that young I could tell that he was very intelligent, and he was also very polite and well mannered. He was always willing to help any way that he could, and he almost always had a big smile on his face. Robert, his brother Danny, and his sisters, Angela, Janice & Margaret were all great kids, and they will always have a special place in my heart. I’m very sorry to hear that Robert died so young. I know he will be sorely missed.

  2. Dearest Debbie, Family and Friends:

    My deepest condolences to you All. My thoughts and prayers remain with you All daily.

    As you all know, Bob’s presence would light up any room and lift up any heart. He would put a smile on your face, and could always make you laugh. He cared and had love for all. He’s the real deal and a class act!

    I was recently blessed and honored to receive a phone call from Bob a few weeks ago. We talked or rather laughed (as always) for over an hour. His sweet memories will always be cherished and remain with me forever.

    Miss You, Love You and Keep smiling upon us Brother!

    May God’s Blessing be upon You and All.

    Semper Fidelis,

    William J.

  3. Augie Lopez says:

    Lawler Family, deepest condolences for your loss. Bob was a man’s man with a big heart, extremely personable and always in great spirits. He touched the lives of many and will be forever missed. Please know there are a multitude of people who mourn with you and have heavy hearts with Bob’s passing. May God’s spirit ease your mourning during this difficult hour.
    John 3:17

  4. Ronnoe ruiz says:

    To My lifetime best friend, my true brother, my only confidant, ill see you again one day, enjoy paradise brother your the lucky one.

  5. Terri L Odom says:

    I have only good memories of Robert. I love the whole family. We met when we all lived in the Briarfield apartments in Hattiesburg, MS. The family was different being they were from up north and didn’t have the southern drawl like the rest of us. One memory that sticks out was when I had a boyfriend and that boyfriend had a t-shirt made for me with his picture on it. After we broke up, I drew devil horns and a mustache and goatee on his picture and continued to wear the shirt. Robert laughed the hardest! Our sense of humor matched!

    When we moved from the apartments, my family and his family were neighbors in Petal, MS. We continued to have good times. I remember his body building and how muscular he had become. I looked up to him and admired him. He was a good big brother to his younger siblings and he had a special bond with his twin sister even if they fought sometimes. He always respected his father and was a good son. God be with his family and friends. Rest in heavenly peace, Robert.

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