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David Roy McLaughlin

February 6, 2013

David Roy McLaughlin
1931-2013

David Roy McLaughlin was born on Feb. 12, 1931 and passed away Feb. 4, 2013.
He was born in Sagle, a small town about seven miles south of Sandpoint, Idaho. David was the second son of David Elbert McLaughlin and Cora Jane Meadors. It was a large family, the father having six children from a previous marriage and the mother having three children (one deceased) from a previous marriage. Three more children would be born to this couple, making a total of fourteen children.
David’s family moved from place to place frequently; this due to the father making and selling moonshine during the prohibition era. Reno, Nev. was David’s first memories of home life. This was 1933, the year prohibition ended. From 1934 to 1938, the family share-cropped in Lassen County, Calif. and in 1939 purchased a 160-acre farm in Janesville, Calif. This sale was done by handshake, with $2,000 down and a promise to pay $200 per year for the next 10 years. No paperwork except for the deed when the final payment was made.
David attended Lassen High School in Susanville, Calif., and after graduation in 1948, began a career of odd jobs. This career ladder ended abruptly when Uncle Sam invited him to serve in the U.S. Army. David served two years in the Army, spending a year of that time in Korea. He was the motor sergeant in the headquarters battery of the 376th Armored Field Artillery Battalion. After an honorable release from active duty in March of 1954, David entered college, graduating with a B.S. in Civil Engineering from the University of Nevada in 1959.
David began a courtship with Lorrel Elder shortly after returning from the Army. This courtship led to marriage in July of 1955. David and Lorrel had six daughters.
David spent his engineering career working for Caltrans, working first in Redding, Calif., then transferring to Bishop in 1966. David retired Dec. 30, 1994. He was a registered Civil Engineer in both California and Nevada.
David is preceded in death by his parents, one daughter and 11 of his brothers, sisters, and half-brothers and half-sisters. He is survived by his wife, Lorrel McLaughlin; their daughters, Lorrie Carr, Carrie Lloyd and husband Gary Lloyd, Jennifer Sagers, Susan McLaughlin and Amy McLaughlin; grandchildren, Shannon Easton Carr, Raymond Carr, Ryan Carr, Amanda Brown, Kristen Lloyd, Jamie Sagers and Rory Sagers; and great-grandchildren, Presley and Barrett Brown, Benjamin Easton Carr, Leah Carr and Allison Carr.
Funeral service will be held at 10:30 a.m., Saturday Feb. 9 at Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints Church in Bishop, with interment to follow at East Line Street Cemetery, Bishop.

 

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