Lawrence F. Lavagnino (Larry) of Eugene, Oregon, passed away on June 5, 2019 at the age of 81 of age-related causes. He was born Aug. 7, 1937 in Sonora to parents Lawrence and Audria Lavagnino.

Lawrence owned several businesses, including the original Birkenstock store in Eugene. He worked in grocery and bicycle sales for many years. He was a veteran of the U.S. Air Force.

He was married to Jean Lytjen for 35 years and although their marriage ended in divorce, they remained close friends until his death.

Lawrence is survived by his former wife and his children, Amadeo Lavagnino, of Kona, Hawaii, and Teresa Lavagnino of Portland, Oregon, as well as his sister Lavergne Cowden of Sonora. He was preceded in death by his sister Lorraine Stearn of Sonora.

A private celebration of life will be held at a residence in Eugene, Oregon, at the end of June.

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