Lawrence N. Tycksen 1932 ~ 2011

Lawrence Newton Tycksen, 78, passed away on April 14, 2011 in Murray, Utah. He was born on November 24, 1932 in Bayfield, Colorado to Fred and Ethel Tycksen. Lawrence spent his early childhood in Colorado, and then moved with his family to Salt Lake City where he attended elementary, junior high and graduated from Granite High School. Attended the University of Utah and studied Art. He served an honorable mission for the LDS Church in the Eastern States Mission. He married Lois Faye Smith on November 16, 1961 in the Salt Lake Temple. They built a home in Midvale, Utah where they raised their children, Brian and Kristin. Lawrence had many talents and interests. He was an artist, athlete and hard worker. He loved the many years he spent singing tenor with the Beehive Statesmen Chorus. He played on every team he could for baseball and basketball. He retired from the U.S. Postal Service in 1990 and went on to create many unique and cherished wooden dolls. His reputation as a gifted doll maker spread throughout the country. Most of all, he served faithfully in many church callings and touched the lives of many. He is survived by his wife, Lois; son, Brian; daughter, Kristin; three grandchildren, Ashley; Richard; MaryAnn; brother, Cecil; sister, Fern Gerrard; many extended family and friends. Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Monday, April 18, 2011 at the Midvale East 6th Ward, 7250 South 300 East. Friends may call from 6-8:00 p.m. on Sunday, April 17, 2011 at Goff Mortuary, 8090 S. State Street and one hour prior to the services, at the church. Interment, Larkin Sunset Gardens.