July 2, 2014

Michael D. Lawson

January 12, 1997 - June 29, 2014

PLATTSBURGH — Michael D. Lawson, 17, of Wildwood Estates, Plattsburgh, N.Y., departed this world and entered Heaven on Sunday, June 29, 2014, as a result of a swimming accident. He was born on Jan. 12, 1997, in Dominican Republic, the son of Douglas E. and Cristina (Hernandez Gonzalez) Lawson. Michael was a junior at Plattsburgh High School, where he played football, soccer, basketball and baseball. Prior to playing high school sports, he played Plattsburgh Youth Hockey and Plattsburgh Little League Baseball. Michael was also taking classes at BOCES in preparation to pursue a career in criminal justice.

He enjoyed snowboarding, wake boarding, taking cruises, playing X-Box, air soft games, and spending time with family and friends.

Michael was predeceased by his father, Douglas E. Lawson; his uncle, Michael C. Lawson; paternal grandparents, Francis and Margaret Lawson; and his maternal grandfather, Cristobal Hernandez.

He is survived by his mother, Cristina Lawson and her companion Robert Patinka of Plattsburgh; his sister, Amanda Lawson of Sebring, Fla.; his maternal grandmother, Maria Gonzalez of Aruba; his aunts, Susan Lawson of Dade City, Fla., Patrice Harris and her husband George of Miami, Fla., Criseda Hernandes of Aruba; and his uncle, Socrate Hernandez of Holland, The Netherlands. Several cousins also survive him. There will be no calling hours. Michael's family will receive guests from 1 to 2 p.m. Thursday, July 3, at the North Country Alliance Church, 7 Northern Avenue on the former new base and the corner road of New York and Northern Avenue. A funeral service will immediately follow at 2 p.m. at the North Country Alliance Church.

Arrangements are entrusted to Brown Funeral Home, 29 Broad St., Plattsburgh, NY 12901, (518) 561-3980. Online condolences and memorial candles may be offered at

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