Arthur E. Lawhern, a resident of Quincy for 38 years, (1966-2004), was honored recently in a ceremony at the Driftwood Cemetery in Driftwood Texas, when a veterans memorial marker was dedicated which contains his name. Many veterans are buried in this cemetery, some dating as far back as the Civil War.
Lawhern, who was born in Hollywood in 1927 and grew up in Palo Alto, served in the U.S. Navy during World War II, after previously leaving high school to train as a radio technician and marine electrician.
He enlisted in 1945, on the day before he turned 18, at San Francisco. Lawhern qualified as a rifle marksman and was stationed at Palm Beach, Florida; Bainbridge, Maryland; and Dublin, Georgia. He was honorably discharged at the end of the war with a lifetime pension for a heart-related disability, caused by a rheumatic fever he was infected with while serving.
He was issued his high school diploma by Palo Alto High School, under a special arrangement with the military for students who left high school to serve their country in World War II.
Lawhern and his wife, known as “Scottie” by family and friends, later designed and built a home at 5555 Chandler Road in Quincy, mostly with their own hands. This is where he raised his daughter Amanda, a graduate of Quincy High School. He retired as the manager of the Plumas County Road Department Maintenance Shop. He learned to ski at Johnsville Historic Ski Bowl, and to fly an airplane at Gansner Airport.
In 2004, Arthur and Scottie moved to the Village of Bear Creek, just outside of Austin, Texas, to live near their daughter and grandchildren. His death at 90 years old was deemed as a Service-Related Death by the Veteran’s Administration. The Driftwood Cemetery is near the Texas home that he had built, which is very similar in design to the home he built in Quincy.
Further information about Arthur and Scottie Lawhern can be found at findagrave.com/memorial/195444290/Arthur-elmer-lawhern.