Max R. Lawton

m-lawton-picMax R. Lawton was born August 7, 1950 in Laramie Wyoming and died October 12, 2016 in Lakewood Colorado. His parents were Lyle and Milly Lawton.  Lyle worked for the Union Pacific Railroad; Milly. for the Forest Service.  Max and his older brother, Bruce were raised in the living quarters of the rail depot in tiny Medicine Bow, Wyoming.  Because of his father’s position with the railroad, the family was able to travel extensively throughout the United States by rail pass.  While he was growing up, the family was very active in skating, fishing, biking, baseball and especially basketball. He delivered papers which helped him start saving for his schooling in college.   Max enjoyed working for Ab Irene on a large cattle ranch south of Medicine Bow in the summers. He was particularly proud to be named MVP when the Medicine Bow Wranglers won the Wyoming Class C Basketball Championship in 1968. 


He cherished the brotherhood and the life-long friends he gained by joining the Sigma Alpha Epsilon (SAE) fraternity at the University of Wyoming where he earned a BS in Civil Engineering with an architectural option in 1973.  He worked in Houston for Walter Moore and Assoc. the architectural firm that designed the Astro Dome.  He returned to UW and earned his Master’s Degree in Industrial Management in 1977. 


He met his first wife, Gwen Hoffman, at UW; they settled in Denver and had two sons, Eric now 27 and Chris now 24.  Max’s second marriage to Amy Provencio, blessed him with another son, Cody now 17, as well as his step daughter, Natalie now 21.  


Max was a genuine, dedicated employee of 35 years in the coal, oil, and gas industry, with Tallgrass Energy Partners and predecessor companies Kinder Morgan and KN Energy. He most recently served as the Director – Business Development, Pony Express for Tallgrass. 


Max was a very happy-go-lucky guy all his life up until the end.  He was very friendly, treated people kindly and got along with everyone. His friendships were long term. 


Max’s greatest joy was his family, especially his children that he loved very dearly. He was insistent that they all receive an upper level education just as his parents had insisted with both he and his brother.  He and his brother Bruce were extremely close his entire life. 


We know how happy he is to be with his father again.  


A funeral service will be held 10:30 a.m. Saturday, October 22 at the First United Methodist Church with The Very Reverend Marilyn Engstrom, celebrant. Visitation will be 9:00 a.m. to service time. Burial will follow at Greenhill Cemetery.

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Condolences (12)

  • Susan Ussery

    I grew up with Max and he was the nicest person I have ever known. A very talented young man. Rest in peace. Condolences, Bruce, all of his children, and family.

  • Ron Lacy

    I knew Max from Lakewood Tigers basketball where his son Cody played with my son Jimmie. I enjoyed knowing Max very much and give my deepest condolences and prayers go out to Amy, Cody and the rest of Max’s family.

  • larry kelly

    I just want to extend my condolences to the family and parents of max. wish you the best

  • Williams Family~Lucille, James, Roy, Sally & Cindy

    Bruce, Lillie & all of Max's family.....please know our thoughts and prayers are with all of you. My family sends hugs to your family. Max was an amazing person!! Will always be remembered.

  • Jonene D Day

    Max was a big part of my great memories of living in Medicine Bow. My heart is broken. Love to Milly and Bruce.

  • Anonymous

    Max is such a part of my great memories of living in Medicine Bow. He was so sweet and so much fun. My heart is broken. Love to Millie and Bruce.

  • Charlene Gates

    I am so sorry for your loss, but I have faith that you will be together again in eternity. Max has had a beautiful life and family. I haven't seen him since he was a young boy, but I remember his happy-go-lucky personality and how he seemed to love everyone. I really appreciated growing up with the Lawton's. They are a great family.

  • Fred Cruickshank

    Max was a very caring person who will be missed by all who had the privilege of knowing him. I'll always remember the good times we had growing up in Medicine Bow. Please accept my condolences for your family's loss.

  • Gwen

    So sorry for the loss of such a nice person. I met Max in Medicine Bow during a 'Bow Days' celebration and enjoyed talking to both young men--Bruce and Max. May you have comfort in knowing how much he will be missed! Gwen Cruickshsnk

  • Cliff and Ginny Smith

    We were shocked to hear the news of Max's passing. May he have peace and contentment in Heaven. Rest well my friend.

  • Anonymous

    I am sorry for the family's loss. Please take comfort in the promise of the resurrection mentioned in the Bible at Acts 24:15.

  • Dave Johnson

    Max and I were friends during his time at University High School. While we went separate ways after high school, I have fond memories of our time together. My condolences go out to all of his family and friends.


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