Lawrence D Hamilton

Jan 13, 1945 - Jul 8, 2021

Obituary

Lawrence D. Hamilton, Jr. was born January 13, 1945 to his loving parents Winifred and Lawrence D. Hamilton, Sr. in Washington, District of Columbia and was affectionately known as Larry to family and friends. Larry, oldest of four siblings, passed away at Dignity Health Methodist Hospital on July 8, 2021. Larry graduated from Spingarn High School, Washington, D.C., in 1962, attended Howard University and enlisted in the United States Air Force in August of 1965. Larry was stationed at Mather Air Force Base in Sacramento, CA. He met his future wife, Linda Faye Williams in 1967. Larry and Linda were engaged a year later in 1968 before he was deployed to serve in the Vietnam War from 1968 to 1969. Upon returning to the United States from Vietnam, Larry married the love of his life, Linda Faye, in a ceremony at McClellan Air Force Base on the first day of summer, June 21, 1969. Larry re-enlisted with the Air Force in August 1969 and was stationed in Charleston, S.C. He served for four more years in the USAF, earning certificates of appreciation, a commendation medal for excellent service and an Honorable discharge in 1972.

Larry and Linda moved across the country to Los Angeles, CA after he completed his military service in 1972. In August 1974, Linda and Larry welcomed their only child, Courtney. They moved into a modest home in Inglewood, CA and lived there for nearly 30 years until they moved back to Sacramento in 2001. While in the military, Larry was a supply systems specialist. His technical skills earned him his jobs at companies NCR, NCSS, Dunn & Bradstreet and eventually AT&T. To further his education and work experience in the computer sciences field he took courses at M.I.T. and Cambridge in Massachusetts and AT&T Bell Labs in New Jersey. In the late 1990s, Larry was on the front lines of what have now become commonplace at many retail stores – the self service checkout kiosks. He traveled to Bentonville, Arkansas to setup the early prototypes at Walmart stores and to Mooresville, N. Carolina for Lowe’s Hardware. The physical requirements to handle these installations took a toll on his body and ultimately Larry left AT&T and became a freelance computer systems consultant for Delta Dental in 2002.

Larry loved traveling, music, movies and television. His love of travel kept him and Linda on sunny beaches nearly every summer, especially to celebrate their wedding anniversary until his untimely stroke in 2004. Trips to The Bahamas, Barbados, Cayman Islands, St. Lucia, the U.S. Virgin Islands and cities in Mexico like Cancun, Mazatlan and Puerto Vallarta just to name a few. Some of his favorite singers are James Brown, Aretha Franklin, Neil Diamond, Adele and anyone from the Motown era. He also had an appreciation for modern & contemporary jazz artists like King Curtis, Kenny G & Kirk Whalum. Larry was the king of making mix CDs. He really liked having his own music mix when driving from L.A. to Sacramento for the holidays and on family vacations. Larry’s favorite movie is the Shawshank Redemption. He probably watched that movie hundreds of times, whether it was on premium cable or basic cable with commercials.

A viewing will be held Friday July 30th from 5:00pm to 8:00pm

Service will be held Saturday July 31 at 2:.00pm at East Lawn Elk Grove Chapel at 9189 E. Stockton Blvd Elk Grove, CA 95624

Graveside service will be held at Sacramento Valley National Cemetery on Monday August 2nd at 11:30am

5810 Midway Rd. Dixon Ca

Guestbook

  • Courtney Hamilton says:

    Hi Dad,
    I miss you and love you so much. Rest in paradise, rockin your aviator Ray Bans and drinking your Long Island Iced Tea 🙂

    Your darling daughter,
    Courtney

  • Nina Scott says:

    Hi Larry
    I remember with love all the Christmas’ we spent together in Los Angeles. They were such fun times. Keep smiling that beautiful smile 😃
    Loving you always,
    Nina and David

  • Cheryl Bailey-Garner says:

    My sincere condolences to the Hamilton family.
    I will always remember my last visit and having a wonderful dinner with Larry & Linda.
    Larry will always be remembered for his kindness and his admiration for the Washington, DC sports teams.

    Much Love, a devoted friend of DC
    Cheryl

  • Keisha Robinson says:

    My condolences and may you feel his light and love throughout your days.
    God Bless

  • Tyrone Smith says:

    Larry, was one of the nicest family members that I have…he was always warm, friendly and welcoming…I truly regret not spending more time with him.
    My love and condolence to Linda, Courtney and the Hamilton/Smith family,

    Tyrone Smith

  • James Golden says:

    Rest in peace my friend. I will always remember you ❤

    Soar with the angels

  • Maria McHolland says:

    Larry dear!
    We had some fun times laughing and smiling. I still have all the bottles of sand and water you brought me from your trips. I will miss our birthday conversation.

    Rest In Peace my friend.
    Sincerely
    Maria and Tony.

  • J. Mims says:

    Uncle Larry, your smile will forever be with the family! Rest in peace and we shall all meet again!

    With Love to Aunt Linda & cousin Courtney!

    ~J. Mims

  • Yvonne T Robinson says:

    Rest in Peace big brother,
    I will hold all the memories of our growing across the street from eachother; you playing the big brother if someone bothered me; attending church with our parents; and our many converstations as adults, parents, and friends. You’re with God’s angels now looking over your loving family. Thank you for your love.

    Yvonne Robinson and family

  • Jay & Christine Bellavia says:

    In loving memories, peace be with you all!

    Jay & Christine Bellavia

  • Rochelle Lakey says:

    Beautiful service. Sending love, prayers and support. God Bless you Mrs. Linda and Courtney. I will always remember and appreciate the love extended to me and Daniel over the years. Mr. Larry will always be in my prayers.

  • Greg and Pam Kubler says:

    Watching the service for my best Mate from an American mother, pretty awesome, Miss you but know you will always be in our hearts with loving memories. Safe journey to you new life Love Greg and Pam

  • Heidi Clausen says:

    Sending my prayers and condolences to the Hamilton family.

  • Denise & Gilbert Owens says:

    We send out prayers and condolences to Linda, Courtney and the Hamilton family.

  • beverly watkins says:

    Awesome Service,Roy and I watched together.sending our Love and Prayers to Linda and Courtney

  • Stephen Roundfield says:

    We love you all so much. We are so thankful for everything Uncle Larry and you all have done for us. It was so heart warming getting to learn more about Uncle Larry’s history, he was truly an amazing individual and he will be missed. Sending our love!

    – The Roundfields

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