Lawrence Edward Capps

Lawrence “Larry” Edward Capps, 75, of Kent, Washington, died July 23, 2017.

He was born Sept. 4, 1941, in Kent to the late George E. and Shirley B. Capps of Auburn and Ed and Leatha Hendersen Erickson of Kent.

He graduated from Kent-Meridian High School in 1960 and spent one semester at the University of La Verne in California. He entered the U.S. Army in Atlanta, Georgia, and spent time in his early 20s as a baker. He worked with Midway Asphalt and later started his own paving business, L.E. Capps Construction, doing smaller jobs. He is remembered for his ability to fix almost anything mechanically and being outside and enjoying nature was very peaceful for him. He enjoyed fishing trips with family and friends and oil painting.

He was married to Melodie Hitchcock Capps and later in life was in a long-term relationship with Dolly Hymas.

He is survived by sisters Linda L. Kamberger (David) of Gig Harbor, Pam Rhodes (Mike) of Covington and Nancy Peoples (Carl) of Covington; children Tanya M. Capps-Vaughn (Shawn Moore) of Auburn, Timothy E. Capps of Oregon and Jennifer Capps-Long (Aaron) of Buckley; six grandchildren and one great-grandchild.

He was preceded in death by sisters Carla J. Sawyer and Barbara J. Capps.