Joan Pfingst Lawson

December 5, 1935July 5, 2018

Joan P. Lawson December 5, 1935 - July 5, 2018 Carmel Joan Pfingst Lawson, age 82, of Carmel passed away July 5, 2018. Born December 5, 1935 at Watsonville Hospital to Edward Porter Pfingst and Margaret Goettings, Mrs. Lawson was part of a multi-generation Californian family and a nursing graduate of San Jose State and Stanford University. She further received her MPH from the University of Hawaii at Manoa. She was also a citizen of the world, having lived in California, Hawaii, Australia, Saudi Arabia, and the UK. Mrs. Lawson’s California roots brought her back to Carmel in 1988 where she was very active in her community for 30 years. She cared for and loved dogs her entire life, and enjoyed creating elaborate needlepoint art and sharing her incredible library of books. Mrs. Lawson joins her beloved husband, Mark Lawson, who passed March 9, 2004. She is survived by her wonderful sons, Chris Lawson of Kailua-Kona, HI and Tony Lawson of Alameda, CA, and her delightful grandchildren, Maile Ann Lawson (16), Mark Tain Lawson (13), and Makena Jo Lawson (10). She was an incredible woman and will be greatly missed. Private services were requested. Please visit to sign Mrs. Lawson’s guest book and leave messages for her family.


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Joan Pfingst Lawson

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Ann Gubser

August 3, 2018

I knew Joan through our “Walking Group.” We shared a love of dogs and the fact that both of our husbands had been surfers! I was living in Marin County at the time, but I so appreciated her contribution to the Vet School at UCDavis when my Gordon Setter, Rose, died. Joan was a lovely woman.
My condolences to her family.
Ann Gubser
Pacific Grove

Jane Olds

July 27, 2018

One of the nicest dog people in DMKC.