Lawrence M. Sires

Lawrence M. SiresLawrence M. Sires of Ridgecrest died March 25, 2019. He was 73.

He was born March 6, 1946, in Bremerton, Wash. He retired from Naval Weapons Center as a supervisory physicist 1997, then served as an attorney from 1997-2019 .

Lawrence moved to China Lake in 1956 with his parents and left for San Diego in 1959. During his brief stay in China Lake it left him with a love of science, thanks to Lloyd Brubaker his seventh grade science teacher, and an education in the state of art photographic and film processing technics thanks to summer school classes in photography. He also left with a feeling that he would someday return to China Lake.

In high school, Lawrence used his photographic skills to work for his high school weekly newspaper and year book. He earned money as a professional photographer as he pursued his education in science and math. He entered San Diego State College as a Physics major. He came to China Lake in 1969 and worked as an experimental Physicist.

Lawrence became interest in emergency preparedness and volunteered his radio skill and equipment. He took Red Cross classes and received Red Cross certificates in managing small disasters, and shelter management among other certificates. He joined the Indian Wells Valley Rescue Team where he participated in several search and rescue and mine rescue missions under the supervision of the Kern County Sheriff Department.

His life took a turn when he was appointed the Head of the Instrumentation Branch. He took a one year assignment working at the Pentagon working for OPNAV. Upon his return he became the Deputy Coordinator for Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty.

While working fulltime for the Naval Weapons Center he pursued Law School Classes in the evening and received his JD in 1997 and passed the BAR exam the same year. The owner of the law school, Judge Porter, offered Lawrence and another student to join in a Law Partnership. A program to reduce total personnel at China Lake allowed him to retire early at age 50. He retired from his position as Deputy Head of the Ordinance Operations Division and became a partner in Porter Sires and Stein Partners at Law.

During this past year he became a board member on the Ridgecrest Regional Hospital Development Foundation. He was well respected by the board members.

He is survived by his wife, Esther Sires of Ridgecrest; children, Robert Sires of San Diego, Sean Mathews and wife Cecilia of Menifee, Scott Mathews and wife Joanna of San Clemente and Staci and husband Michael Fletcher of Ridgecrst; brother-in-law, Peter Donohoe of Lakewood, Wash.; and grandchildren, Ashley Mathews, Isabella Mathews, Jacob Mathews, Emily Mathews, Alysan Fletcher and Logan Fletcher.

Rosary will be held Friday, April 5, at 10 a.m. Funeral services will follow at 10:30 a.m. at St. Ann Catholic Church. A reception will follow immediately afterward at the Heritage Clubhouse.

— Submitted by the family of Lawrence Sires

Story First Published: 2019-04-01