Remembering the Remarkable Life of Gaylen Thomas Lawyer: A Tribute to a Beloved Husband, Father, and Renaissance Man

OREM, Utah – Gaylen Thomas Lawyer, a devoted husband, father, and accomplished professional, passed away on December 29th, 2023, at the age of 68. He battled Antiphospholipid Syndrome (APS), a rare autoimmune disorder, which ultimately led to his untimely demise. Born on February 14th, 1955, in Idaho Falls, Idaho, Lawyer leaves behind a loving wife, Diane, and four children with their families.

Lawyer’s dedication to education was evident throughout his life. He obtained a Bachelor of Arts in Latin American Studies and a Master of Public Administration from Brigham Young University (BYU), where he also became the first recipient of the Lennis M. Knighton Award from the Romney Institute. Throughout his successful career, Lawyer ventured into various professions and industries, including printing, wireless, home furnishings, and natural gas. Apart from his professional pursuits, he had a passion for cooking, landscaping, and supporting Brigham Young University sports.

At Lawyer’s request, he was cremated, and a memorial service will be held on January 27th, 2024, at the Erkenbrack chapel of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Orem, Utah. Prior to the service, a visitation will take place for friends and family. For those who are unable to attend, the memorial service will be livestreamed on YouTube.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints’ Perpetual Education Fund or the University of Michigan Division of Rheumatology’s APS research. Lawyer’s legacy will be remembered for his love, kindness, and generosity, leaving a significant impact on the lives of those fortunate enough to have known him.

Gaylen Thomas Lawyer’s passing marks the end of a life filled with love, dedication, and achievement. He will be deeply missed by his family, friends, and all who had the privilege of crossing paths with him.