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. Robert Walsh says:

    To the Lawler Family,

    You have my heartfelt condolences during this difficult time. I was shocked and saddened to hear of Bob’s passing. We went to legal school together and managed to get stationed together a couple of times. Bob had a big heart and was always the life of the party. I felt fortunate to keep in contact with him for all these years. I saw him last at the reunion in Laughlin a few years back and he hadn’t changed. May he rest in peace. Another Marine reporting for duty!!!

    Semper Fi, Brother!!!

  2. Ken Lukasik says:

    I have been thinking about writing something about you Bobby, and it always starts out with Damn u Bobby why didn’t u see a Dr. U have so many friends and family who adore u. I am so mad at you as I didnt get to spend more time with you and the Family. I Also blame my mother for not allowing us to know you, but that is another story . Memories with Bobby , that great house, bbq, the garden the warmth and energy you had to everyone. Borbon str we had a great time. Mississippi for Grandmas Memorial just hanging out. Your house for our Honeymoon and the Superbowl Alyssa’s wedding. Omg so much fun and was looking at more times. Damn now I have to hold onto the memories. RIP Bobby I am so going to miss you.

  3. My dad was the absolute best, and he was such a light in everyone’s life. He took care of everyone he loved, and I am so lucky to have had him as a father. He took such good care of his family and friends, and I know he is at peace now. I love you, dad, and I know that we will all be together again one day.

  4. Lisa Reardon says:

    We always enjoyed all of the great brisket, fish, jerky, that you sent our way many times! Always doing things for others! Thank you for welcoming Nick into your home…We are just sad that we didn’t get to spend more time with you! Sleep well Bob, sleep well…
    Paul and Lisa Reardon

  5. Terri Witter says:

    Thank you Lord, for giving us a wonderful true friend, who was always there with willing, loving, giving hands. Bob, you gave us reason to laugh & smile, & had a heart that understood… a heart wide open! You never failed to make us feel loved. You let us be ourself, & loved you best that way. You’re someone very special that can never ever be replaced. All those wonderful memories will live in our hearts forever. We’re blessed to have had you in our life, & will carry you with us always… until we meet again my friend ‡·
    Love you forever ,

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