John Webb Lawrence

October 4, 1948December 8, 2017

John Webb Lawrence, John was born in Austin, Texas to Peggy Lovelady and John Michael Lawrence III on October 4, 1948 and passed away on December 8, 2017 in Dallas, Texas. He was known for being loyal, caring, hilarious and a great dancer. He graduated from Stephen F. Austin High School in Bryan, Texas and attended Texas A&M University and then continued his studies at the American University in Washington D.C. Prior to moving to Washington, he joined the National Guard. While in Washington, D.C. John worked for Congressional Representative Olin E. Teague and met his wife, Reba C. Lawrence. John and Reba moved to Dallas, TX in January of 1974 and had their daughter and only child, Rogan in 1980. He worked for Republic Bank and Lawyer’s Title in Dallas, until deciding to be an entrepreneur. He was an avid hunter and supporter of game management. He loved to play golf with friends. Reba and his parents precede him in death. John is survived by his daughter, Rogan Lawrence Saal, her husband, William Dunne Saal, Jr., and their sons Trey, Emmett and Bay; sister Ann “Sis” Lawrence; and cousins. The Family wishes to express deep gratitude to Dr. Maureen Gutierrez; the kind caretakers at Sage Oak Assisted Living on Forest Lane and Faith Presbyterian Hospice of Dallas, who made it possible for John to spend his final days in comfort. A funeral service will be held at 11am on Wednesday December 13th at Highland Park United Methodist Church. John will be buried at Lake View Cemetery in Harbor Springs, Michigan at a later date. In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to: Highland Park United Methodist Church 3300 Mockingbird Lane, Dallas, TX 75205; Little Traverse Conservancy 3264 Powell Road, Harbor Springs, MI 49740.


  • Funeral Service

    Wednesday, December 13, 2017

  • Reception

    Wednesday, December 13, 2017


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Debby Leighton

January 4, 2020

Rogan: My name is Debby Johnson Leighton, and my sister and I met and became friends with your dad in the summer of 1972 when we interned for a family friend and California Congressman. John was a mutual friend of some of our Alabama delegation (I am from Alabama), and that is how we came to know him. He was dating your mother at the time, and they may have already been engaged (not sure at this point!). We lived nearby, and a group of us ate dinner together and partied on the weekends--we had such fun with him. We kept in touch via Christmas cards, until I moved to Texas after graduate school at the University of Alabama and traveled to Dallas to visit John and Reba. I spent several weekends with them, before you were born and after. Your dad taught us some clever sayings: "don't write checks with your mouth that your body can't cash," and "chicken bullets." I am sure there were others, but too many years have gone by to remember them all. The last time I spoke to him, he had moved from their home to an apartment. It was at least ten years ago. Anyway, when his Christmas card for 2018 came back, I tried to track him down but was unable to. So today, 1/4/20, as I work on our New Years card (didn't make it in time for Christmas!), I tried again and found his obituary. I just wanted to let you know how much I adored your father and mother, especially your dad. He was one of the wittiest, charming, loyal, wonderful, thoughtful person I have ever known, and I wish I had been able to see him more often. He always brightened my day. My husband of 35 1/2 years and I live in Houston; he has Parkinson's and now lives in a memory care facility. I have a better understanding of what ya'll went through with your mother. Please know that he left his footprint on my heart. With love, Debby Leighton

Cathy Masterson

January 23, 2018

John was always one of my favorites. I will miss him dearly.


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