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Obituary for Lawrence J. Turner

In Remembrance of Lawrence Joe Turner

Lawrence “Larry” Joe Turner, 71, of Bakersfield, CA passed away on September 15th, 2023 surrounded by his Wife, Sons and Brother at his home in Bakersfield, California.

Lawrence was born on December 2nd, 1951 in St. Louis Missouri. His mother, Lorretta Dace-Turner of St. Louis and father, Bill Turner of Upland, California preceded him to the gates of Heaven. Larry was married to Melvita Jane Jones on March 11th, 1972 and never left each other’s side until his passing. Larry worked as a Health, Safety and Environmental Manager for 25 years, retiring with PCL in 2020. Before that, Larry worked for Texaco, rising up through the company from an oil field laborer to Refinery Manager with a few years offshore on Texaco’s Oil Platforms Habitat and Harvest.

Larry was a very spiritual man who was incredibly proud of his church, Calvary Chapel Bakersfield where he served as an usher until he could no longer attend in person. Larry was an avid car enthusiast who, along with his wife and brother Bob spent many weekends at car shows, winning numerous awards for his 1951 Chevy Business Coupe and 1957 Chevrolet Bel Air. Before that, Larry found great joy in coaching his son’s soccer and baseball teams and supporting their musical interests.

Lawrence is survived by his wife of 51 years Melvita, his two sons Christopher Turner of Ellicott City, Maryland and Scott Turner of Bakersfield, California. Larry also cherished his surviving siblings, Bob Turner of Bakersfield, California and Sandy Littleton of Vale, Oregon. Larry’s beloved grandchildren Gavin Turner, Atley Turner, Keegan Turner and Eleanor Turner will miss him greatly. Larry is preceded in passing by his Mother Loretta, Father Bill and Daughter Sarah Kathleen Turner.

A Celebration of Life will be held at Calvary Chapel Bakersfield, 6501 Schirra Court Bakersfield, CA 93313 on Sunday September 24th from 3pm-4pm followed by a reception at the same location from 4pm-5pm. In lieu of flowers, his family would appreciate any donations in Larry’s name to one of his favorite causes: Honor Flight of Kern County htpss:// or
Kern County Down Syndrome Network