Lawrence J. Ivan, Jr., 85, of Princeton passed away on Saturday, December 2, 2017.
He was born on November 15, 1932 in California, raised in Rahway, NJ, and resided in Princeton for 53 years. Lawrence graduated from University of Oklahoma in 1958 where he played varsity basketball and ran track for the Sooners. From 1958-1966 he played basketball for the Eastern Basketball League and State League for Trenton Colonials. He was a veteran of the Korean War of the Airborne Division. Lawrence was a loving husband, father, brother, and grandfather. He was a role model and mentor for many people.
He was a teacher and coach at Princeton Regional Schools from 1958-1999. He received a proclamation from the Mayor of Princeton, Liz Lempert, in June 2016, the Jim Floyd Lifetime Achievement Award for contributions to the Princeton Community, Princeton High School Hall of Fame Award, and Princeton Recreation Department Hall of Fame Award. He was a Deacon at the Nassau Presbyterian Church for 25 years.
Lawrence was the Princeton Community Park Pool Manager for 50 years and was with the Princeton Recreation summer basketball league for 40 years. For 25 years he was a CYO basketball official with more than 1,000 games and was in the CYO Basketball Hall of Fame – Referee Division. He was a Basketball Official for IAABO #193 for 51 years, served as both President and Vice President of IAABO #193, and received a service award for 50 years with IAABO Central Jersey Basketball. For 45 years he was a track & field official, and was awarded the NJ Track & Field Association Jay Dakelman Lifetime Achievement Award, and the NJSAAA Outstanding Cross Country Official Award.
He is predeceased by his parents Lawrence J. and Helen (Mahoney) Ivan, Sr., wife Elizabeth M. Ivan, brother and sister-in-law William J. and Betty Ivan. He is survived by his daughter and son-in-law Laine M. (Ivan) & Michael Santoro Sr., daughter Kristy Ivan & fiancé J.P. Watters, grandchildren Michael Santoro Jr., Olivia (Santoro) and Cory Onorati, Nora, Mark, and Trey Carnevale, and Gavin Nuttall.
Funeral services will be held at 2pm on Saturday, December 16, 2017 at Nassau Presbyterian Church, 61 Nassau St., Princeton, NJ 08542. Arrangements are under the direction of The Mather-Hodge Funeral Home, Princeton.
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