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Jarvis, Laurence

November 15, 1921 - May 6, 2015 Laurence W. Jarvis, 93, passed away in Anaheim, CA, on May 6, 2015 of glioblastoma. Beloved husband, father, grandfather and brother; US Army veteran of World War II; devoted parishioner of St. Mary's Church in Fullerton, choralist for the church and Braille Institute; Latin scholar, genealogist, humorist, punster and honest lawyer. He was born in Washington, D.C., the fifth of nine children, a third generation Washingtonian and a twelfth generation descendant of a Mayflower passenger. After graduating from Gonzaga High School, he entered Georgetown University in 1939. There, he succeeded his older brothers, Norman and Charles as manager of the Georgetown Band, often subbing as a tuba player in marching formations though he couldn't play a note. Home football games were played at Griffith Stadium, away games in venues including Yankee Stadium, the Polo Grounds and Fenway Park. The band routinely played at Washington Redskins' home games, including the Sunday of December 7, 1941. He recalled that game for its frequent disruptions over the loud speaker, as the announcer called by name for an admiral, Army officer or senator to "return to your office immediately." The following semester, he enlisted in the Army. After basic training, Cpl. Jarvis shipped out on the Queen Mary in 1944 with the Battalion of Combat Engineers. He served in Northern Europe as part of Patton's Third Army and was among the corps that liberated the concentration camp at Buchenwald. All six Jarvis brothers served in uniform; one, Julian Jarvis, was killed in France in 1944. After the war, he returned to Georgetown, graduating in 1947 and entered the law school there and graduated in 1949. There, he met his future wife, Joyce Beveridge of Minnesota, then studying for her Master's of nursing. They married in 1950, moved to Silver Spring and welcomed their first four children, Judianne, Jean, John and Paul. In 1957, the family moved to Fullerton, California where sons, Peter and Philip were born. In his career as a lawyer, he worked in real estate and housing law, joining FNMA in 1957, where he rose to become Regional General Counsel in Los Angeles. He retired in 1982. He once said of his career at Fannie Mae that he really served three companies: first, a government agency, then a public company, and finally, a non-profit. In retirement, he and Joyce enjoyed world travel and educational tours, visits to grandchildren and volunteer work. Inhis late sixties, he lost much of his sight to a rare eye disorder (NAION), and began to use new technology - the personal computer - to read and correspond. At the Braille Institute, he learned touch-typing, and traveled there by city bus to sing in the choral group. He was a man of extraordinary wisdom and character, yet carried himself with a modest dignity. A man of letters, he was an avid historian and a writer of thoughtful correspondence and amusing poems. He had an outstanding ear for music, and could carry a tune and whistle any song he knew. He was admired for his calm and patient manner, his deep faith and devotion to his wife and family. He is best remembered for his ready wit and impeccable sense of humor. He enjoyed bringing a smile to every day occasions with his remarkable aptitude for erudite puns or his encyclopedic recall of silly old jokes. He is survived by his wife of 64 years, Joyce; 6 children, Judianne (Kenneth Jaffe), Jean (Michael Selch), John, Paul (Elizabeth Knapp), Peter and Philip (Sachiko Hiroyama); 9 grandchildren, Katie, Rachel (Justin Jones), Lance, Adam, Philip, Daniel, Hayley Selch, Thomas and Ruth; 2 great-grandchildren, Ben and Jenna Jones; and by his younger sisters, Sheila Jarvis Rice and Margaret Jarvis Bowen; as well as 34 nieces and nephews. A rosary service will be held on Friday, May 29, at 7:30 PM at the McAulay & Wallace Mortuary, 902 N. Harbor Blvd., Fullerton. The Memorial Mass is scheduled for Saturday, May 30, at 9 AM at St. Mary's Church, 400 W. Commonwealth Ave., Fullerton. Reception and celebration of life will follow. Interment at Riverside National Cemetery will be private. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to: Georgetown University Pep Band, Georgetown Gift Processing, Dept. 0734, Washington, D.C. 20073.


Mortuary: McAulay & Wallace Mortuary