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. Amber says:

    Uncle Bob,

    Words can’t describe how I feel right now but grateful for the good times we had. A blessing and angel you are. Rest In Peace and love you.


  2. I loved Bob like a brother. He had the biggest heart and he and Debbie and family welcomed us in to their home many times when my boys were growing up. He will be surly missed. My hearts go out to Debbie and girls, Angela, Danny, and other sisters and family. Such a tragic loss. Blessings to all family and friends, he was the man of many words, a straight shooter, a proud Marine. Semper Fi Bob. Till we meet again one day, we will miss you here on earth. Love you brother. Debbie

  3. Brad Hebert says:

    It’s hard to imagine how much Rob will be missed by those who were closest to him. I had the pleasure of serving with Lawler at DelMar and later in Okinawa, and there was NEVER a dull moment. What a great guy! Always upbeat… He had your back… he’d drink all night with us, then get up and hit the gym to get “pumped up”. How did he do that?

    Lawler called me several times since we left the Corps and brightened my day. It was awesome seeing him again in Laughlin a few years ago. I’ll cherish the photos I’ve got from the time we spent together. My sympathies to Debbie and the rest of the family and friends.

    To my brother, Lawler… love ya bud… Semper Fi… Heeb

  4. Ed Fisher says:

    Sergeant Robert LAWLOR, USMC, a fine Marine, and a great Non-commissioned Officer. Surely you are now one of the few and the proud, leading a platoon of Marines guarding Heaven’s streets. Semper Fi.

    Ed Fisher

  5. Rest in peace Marine. Thanks for the memories

    1. Bob was the greatest. He was always welcoming and loving. He gave his all to his friends and family. His life was an example Of a life well lived. We love you.

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