Lawrence Aaron Lindberg was born in Seattle, Oct. 2, 1925, to Gerald Lindberg of Conway, Wash., and Florence Sigrist of Vashon Island, Wash.
Lawrence died reluctantly, but peacefully, at his home on Orcas Island with his family present on Feb. 23, 2015, after a three-year struggle with heart and kidney failure.
He was proud of his education including: being a Lincoln High School graduate, class of 1943; a Central Washington University College of Education graduate; earning an M.A. Degree from Teachers College, Columbia University; and being a doctoral student at Stanford University.
His many outstanding accomplishments included: achieving Eagle Scout; being a B-25 pilot in the Army Air Corps; being superintendent of Weaver Union School District, Merced, Calif.; superintendent of the Sausalito School District, Calif.; superintendent of Snoqualmie Valley School District, Wash.; superintendent of Orcas Island School District, Wash., retiring in 1986. He formed The Lindberg Agency to provide retirement financial investing service to public school workers until 2006 when he finally retired at age 81. He remained active in community services and led his 70th high school class reunion in 2013.
His infectious love of life, his kindness, his dedication and love of his family, and his ability to make everyone feel special and appreciated influenced thousands of people throughout his careers in education and retirement planning. Early in his career he started California’s first Migrant School for Farm Workers and organized Sausalito’s School District to improve equal rights for minorities. He co-authored three elementary school science books about pollution and accredited high schools in California and Hawaii.
But he was most proud of his beloved family. His survivors include his wife Heidi, her two children Kristin (Don) Palmer and Peter (Teri) Sternkopf, and grandchildren Sarah Palmer; and Payden, Nolen, and Ryen Sternkopf. He’s also survived by the mother of his children, Barbara Whitehead Lindberg LeCount, their two children Arne (Anne) and Helen (Tom Kunhardt) Lindberg, and grandchildren Anson and Ava Lindberg; and Ursula Kunhardt and Vanessa Kunhardt Bell.
His lovely spirit endeared him to all who knew him and will be celebrated on Father’s Day, June 21 from 2 to 4 p.m. at Orcas Center on Orcas Island.
Donations may be made to Orcas Island Fire and Rescue, Orcas Island School’s Music Advocacy Group and Lahari Hospice Volunteers.