LaMar Franklin

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Dec. 18, 1932 – Jan. 14, 2016

Father, grandfather and dear friend, LaMar Franklin (Mr. LaMar) passed away at his home in Altadena on Jan. 14. LaMar is best remembered as our beloved crossing guard at Monte Vista Elementary school where he spent 11 years driving twice daily from his home to La Crescenta to protect the safety of the children he loved, “his kids” as he would refer to them.

In 2006 Crescenta Valley Town Council honored LaMar with the Good Neighbor Award and in 2007 he received PTAs Honorary Service Award for his service to Monte Vista and the community. He was well known for his homemade sweet potato pies that he would lovingly prepare and share with parents and other community members and friends. In 2008-09 LaMar resigned his duties as crossing guard due to slow healing after hand surgery. The past few years he kept himself busy by helping neighbors, friends and driving across state to visit his sons and grandchildren.

LaMar was born Dec. 18, 1932. He was preceded by the passing of his wife Maydel, grandson Markas LaMar Franklin and stepdaughter Carol Franklin. He is survived by his two sons James and Lorenzo Franklin, and grandsons Damello Franklin and Lorenzo Franklin, Jr.

The gift of love, laughter and a big smile is what Lamar shared with us all. He will be greatly missed but will continue to live in our hearts forever. We love you, Pops!

Memorial service and celebration of life to take place on Saturday, Jan. 30 at 1 p.m. at Pasadena United Methodist Church, 349 W. Altadena Drive, Pasadena, CA 91001.

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2 Responses for “LaMar Franklin”

  1. Kenny says:

    Lamar was the first person in my life who was my guider ,friend and buddy. I work at Georges liquor and he used to help open the store. He was active n alert more than me. He gave me Mr beers brewing kit for making wine. He gave me yeast and told the process. Sadly he passed away before he could taste the very first trap wine I made. You will be missed by me where ever I be there world. Love you. Meet you up there in some time.

  2. Frank Collison says:

    Our three children all got to know Lemar as they walked to Monte Vista each morning. He greeted every child with joy and kindness. One brief story: I was walking my son Gabe to school one day and Lemar said something and then added ” If I said that, I’d be lying through my teeth !” When we were out of Lamar’s ear shot Gabe asked me, ” Lying through his teeth? Does that mean he has false
    teeth ?” When I shared that later with Lamar he threw his head back and laughed so loud. “I’d be lying through my teeth” became our catchphrase.
    Thank you Lamar for starting and ending our children’s every school day with a smile l.

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