Conrad Francesco Lawson

February 24, 1999 - July 14, 2023

Conrad entered our family at age 15 months and immediately positioned himself by our piano and began composing lovely pieces that progressively became more elaborate as he became older. At age nine he was invited by his piano teacher to perform at her Composition class at Sonoma State University, where he charmed students and professors by performing his creation, a piano piece that he named “All Black”. Throughout his brief life he composed hundreds of tunes and songs. His music genre can be defined as free eclectic, varying from jazz, pop, and even classical. Mostly, Conrad wrote songs of love and introspection. His musical talent has elated his family and won him the love and admiration of many friends.

When he was 14 years old, Conrad spent a summer in Italy and attended a summer camp in Este, where he met many friends. He was often invited to their homes to meet their families and entertain them with his exceptional piano skills.

A creative and artistic mind, Conrad also loved drawing and the visual arts. He was a student at Santa Rosa Junior College and had applied to transfer to Arizona State University where he would major in Graphic Design. A talented graphic artist and video director, Conrad worked for Sequoia Senior Solutions in the Marketing Department where he designed much of the advertising and marketing materials, including a movie ad that is currently playing in the Petaluma movie theaters.

Three days after his passing, Conrad’s family received a mail notification that Conrad had been nominated to the National Society of Leadership and Success by his professors at Santa Rosa Junior College.

Conrad began to ride motorcycles at age 6, practicing and competing in many motocross races, along with his twin brother Martin. To this day he has over 50 trophies in his bedroom. Recently, after several months of saving, he was finally able to purchase his most recent motorcycle. His joyful and passionate life was quickly cut short on July 14, when he collided with a crossing vehicle on Sonoma Mountain Parkway. Conrad was returning home after delivering a printing order to Staples for a handbook he had just finished producing for Sequoia Senior Solutions, his parents’ company.

We want to express our deepest gratitude to all our family and friends who stood by our side with love and support in this time of deepest and indescribable sorrow. Conrad leaves behind his twin brother Martin, older brother Cody, and his parents Stanton Lawson and Gabriella Ambrosi, as well as many uncles, aunts, and cousins, both in California and in Italy.

Memories of Conrad

Memorial and Celebration of Life

A Memorial and Celebration of Life took place on Saturday, August 5th at the Santa Rosa Junior College Petaluma Campus, Carole L. Ellis Hall and Auditorium in Petaluma, California

There were opportunities for Conrad’s family, friends, and anyone whose life was touched by him to share stories. It was a beautiful and moving memorial.

If you’d like to view and share in the experience, please watch the video below.

Donate to the Conrad Lawson Memorial Scholarship Fund

Santa Rosa Junior College has set up a designated giving page for the Conrad Lawson Scholarship. To contribute to the Conrad Lawson Memorial Scholarship Fund please click here. Checks may be mailed to SRJC Foundation at 1501 Mendocino Avenue, Santa Rosa, CA 95401.

  • Thank you to all who attended Conrad’s Celebration of Life. It was indeed heartwarming for Stan, Cody, Martin and me to receive so much love and support.
    Come back to this site to see the video of the event. It will be posted soon.

  • Much love and heartfelt condolences to each member of the Lawson family. I am but a phone call away, if I may be of any help to you during these difficult times. Our heartfelt condolences to each of you ❣️

  • We are so very sorry for the loss of your son Conrad. Conrad left his musical compositions and wonderful memories with you to be appreciated and cherished forever. Our deepest condolences for Conrad’s wonderful and truly devoted family. Much love to you during this difficult time 🙏

  • We send our deepest condolences to your family. Such an unimaginable loss and there are no words to ease your pain but please know we hold you in our hearts and prayers.

  • Sometimes it’s hard to find the right words for such a huge and sudden loss, but I feel deeply for what you are going through. I remember, when I lost my husband, how I’d walk around town and think “these strangers don’t know that the world just lost a most precious person…yet they continue on as though all were normal.” Attending the memorial serves one like me to appreciate how much Conrad was one of those precious beings.
    Having lost 6 members of my immediate family within 10 years, I came to understand that our loved ones who have gone on before us also want our happiness to continue and grow. It’s natural and necessary to grieve, but eventually I hope you may know that Conrad doesn’t want you to suffer unduly. He wants you to celebrate what he and you enjoyed in life together and individually. May his gift of talent and kindness spread to others through his name and legacy.
    Vi vedro’ sabato. Un abbraccio per tutta la famiglia…
    Nancy CE

  • To The Lawson Family, We are so deeply saddened for the loss of your dear son and brother. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all. 🙏❤️

  • Thinking of you all and wishing all of God’s comfort on you. Just an unimaginable loss. 😢

  • No words can express the sorrow you and Stan are feeling right now. I think of you, my friends, every single day and you are in my heart and prayers!

  • Our thoughts and prayers are with your family during this difficult time. Please do let us know if there is anything at all we can do for you.

  • My heart aches and my eyes well, just imagining what your family must be going through…I will be praying for Conrads peace and your strength through these hard times…Blessings

  • My heart breaks for you all. Conrad was a special student at CCE and such a talented musician. Keeping you all in my prayers. He is not forgotten.

  • The worst tragedy that can happen to a child and his parents. May God welcome him in Paradise and instill in the family the necessary strength to overcome this drama. My deepest condolences to my uncles from Italy.

  • Conrad was such a warm and loving good man. We’re so very sorry for your loss. Gone way too soon.

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