March 2, 1956 — March 10, 2014
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Rick passed from this earth on Monday, March 10, 2014, after a long and courageous battle with cancer. He was surrounded by his loving family. Rick’s doctors called him a “Miracle Man.” He withstood his treatments with grace and determination and refused to be treated as someone with such a heartless disease. He turned his nose up to any expiration date that was put on his diagnoses.
Rick grew up in San Mateo, Calif., and moved to El Dorado County in 2002. He loved his community and served on the Board of Directors of the Western Slope Boys and Girls Club and was a member of the Placerville Rotary. He was a mortgage banker by trade, but music was his passion and his talent on the drums was legendary. Many of you reading this piece must surely have tapped a toe or spun on the dance floor to one of the bands Rick loved to play with: Aftershock, Frankie Soul & No Control, and The Random Strangers, just to name a few. Rick felt blessed to have so many friends and was a great friend in return. He loved networking and enjoyed his relationship with the El Dorado County Association of Realtors and its members.
Even more, Rick loved his family. He recently traveled to Mississippi with his mother to visit his cousins, who he adored spending time with during his childhood summers. He is survived by his wife, Sandy Lawton; son, Ross Lawton; daughter, Jamie Coombs; and grandchildren, Brady and Samantha. His is also survived by his mother, Olive Lawton; sister, Katie; brother-in-law, Karim Sarraf; and his Godson, Jackson Kronk. He was preceded in death by his father, Dick Lawton. Rick was a faithful man who believed he would see his loved ones again, and did not fear death. He was a great man with a heart of gold who would always help a friend in need.
A celebration of life will be held at Green Valley Church in Placerville on April 4, at 1 p.m. Rick asked that in lieu of flowers donations be made in his name to the Western Slope Boys and Girls Club or Placerville Rotary. The family would like to extend a special thank you to his medical team, the Cancer Center and Hospice for their extraordinary care.