C.R. Laurence Regrets to Announce the Passing of Employee and Friend, Chris Lombard

LOS ANGELES, CA - AUGUST 9, 2017 - Chris LombardWith great sadness, C.R. Laurence announces that Chris Lombard, Manager of Data Management, died suddenly as a result of injuries suffered while assisting at the scene of an auto accident that occurred Saturday, July 29th, 2017. Chris was on his way to work early that day when he witnessed an accident on the opposite side of the freeway. He stopped his car and crossed the center divider to aid the victims. At that moment, an oncoming vehicle struck the car Chris was assisting. The resulting impact proved fatal for Chris and one other person. Those that knew Chris understand why he risked his life. He knew that something needed to be done, and knew he could help so he took the initiative. Helping a stranger because it was the right thing to do was quintessential Chris. Mr. Lombard died as he lived, a good samaritan and a hero.

Chris devoted more than 44 years to his profession. He graduated from Hollywood High School in 1972 and began working for C.R. Laurence Co. in Dallas, Texas. He spent his entire adult life working with CRL in Atlanta and Los Angeles. As the company grew, Chris took on additional responsibilities, eventually becoming a member of the company’s executive committee in the late 1980s. He was regularly recognized for his diligence and incredible attention to detail, which led him to a position he held for over 20 years as Manager of Data Management. Chris’ character, dedication to the company, and knowledge of the product line cannot be replaced.

“Chris Lombard was an exceptional man of great character,” said Donald Friese, Chairman and CEO of C.R. Laurence. “I’m honored to have had Chris in my life as an employee and a friend, his influence on the company and myself as a person is undeniable. The company wouldn’t be where it is today without Chris Lombard. I will miss him.”

Chris was a man of deep faith who was committed to his family. He leaves behind his wife, Joyce, and five adult children. C.R. Laurence Co. Inc. has established a memorial fund to honor Chris. The proceeds will be placed in a trust fund to provide lifetime support to his two youngest sons, Zach and Joe. For more information, visit:


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