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Lawrence Winfield Day

Obituary for Lawrence Winfield Day

January 15, 1967 - September 20, 2017
Austin, Texas | Age 50

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The youngest of a family of four, Lawrence Winfield Day, at age 50, left us too soon on September 20, 2017. Born January 15, 1967 in Austin, Texas to Fred Winfield Day and Elizabeth McCelvey Day he was a welcome sight after three girls. A family friend declared "Geronimo!" when he saw his dark head of hair and complexion. With hazel eyes and an endearing smile, he favored his mother and Uncle Bob. He was an avid reader, computer specialist, outdoorsman, hunter, and cook, and rescuer of cats.

Educated in Austin schools, with the exception of attending Verde Valley School in Sedona, Arizona, he was glad to remain in town and close to family. He attended Austin Community College and more recently undertook several online courses in pharmacology and health sciences. His thirst for knowledge was never-ending and he explored many interests: cars, computers, network security, software, audio equipment, cooking appliances, grilling, smoked meats, guns, knives, welding, biology, physiology, and more. We all benefited from his expert advice. Eager to be a teacher and mentor, he would tirelessly explain a process or how things work to any would-be student or fellow aficionado. He was all about analyzing and finding things to improve your life and how to get the good deals to boot!

His career as a specialist in the print industry began at Capital Spectrum in 1995. From there he went to work for Wallace Imaging Services/Whitley Company in Austin. His extensive knowledge and proficiency on Mac, PC, UNIX/LINUX platforms enabled him to support a large in-house staff as well as a broad range of notable clients. He was honored to receive a master craftsman award for printing at The Whitley Company. Thereafter he worked at CC West and he became the Prepress Manager/IT Systems Manager and remained there for 16 years. He was proud to have worked with their high-quality Heidelberg offset printing press and other advanced digital printing systems. During that time he also earned his certification as a Microsoft Systems Engineer (MCSE). His colleagues appreciated not only his friendliness, attention to detail & problem-solving skills but also the big batches of chili or carnitas that he brought to work. His friends in the Austin Printing Community will miss him!

Lawrence's greatest passion was to spend time with family and friends on a hunting lease in Doss, Texas, where he felt the most peace. A precocious marksman, the first game he brought home was a jackrabbit, at age 8. For the rest of his life he honed his skills to become a master outdoorsman. Encouraging and mentoring young hunters was very rewarding to him. And, as always, he was the designated camp cook.

As a child he had a menagerie of pets: gerbils, mice, a rat, a snake, and beloved family cats. Many more cats were fortunate to be rescued by Lawrence and share a home with him. They brought great joy and comic relief to his life.

Family was important to Lawrence. He looked forward to our traditional gatherings, smoking all our Thanksgiving turkeys and preparing big breakfasts on Christmas morning. When our parents got older he helped prepare flavorful meals to suit their tastes and special diets
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Lawrence thrived on making friends and family laugh. Gifted with a quick wit and wicked sense of humor, we could count on him to have a clever remark or story that would crack us up or make us groan. That tell-tale grin and twinkle in his eye signaled that he was up to a little mischief. In keeping with his generous and giving nature, he would frequently drop by with an impromptu gift. Although very private, he was kind, gentle and caring to those with whom he shared his life.

As a beloved brother and uncle he leaves behind sisters Helen Day Ewing and husband Randolph, Elizabeth Ann Day, Barbara Day Maldonado, his niece Elaine Ewing Ver Halen and her husband Jon, nephews Daniel Christopher Ewing and wife Elizabethann DeLeon-Maestas, Jared McCelvey Ewing and wife Amanda Kirtley, his niece Lora Elizabeth Maldonado; and his great-nieces Charlotte Helen Ver Halen and Lillian Ruth Ver Halen. He was preceded in death by his parents.

Family and friends are invited to services to be held on Sunday, October 22, 2017 – interment of ashes at 12:00 noon at Austin Memorial Park, 2800 Hancock Drive. Memorial Service at 1:00 pm followed by a reception at Weed-Corley-Fish, North Location, 3125 North Lamar Blvd., Austin, Texas, 78705.

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