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Laurence Neil McLaughlin
January 9, 1951 ~ November 19, 2023 (age 72) 72 Years Old
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Laurence Neil “Mack” McLaughlin, Jr. was born in Nampa, Idaho on January 9, 1951 to Laurence McLaughlin, Sr. and Loretta Irene (Dunn) McLaughlin. He was the oldest of six and all worked together on the family farm until they moved to the Tacoma, Washington area when Mack was a teenager. He graduated from Eatonville High School in 1969 and enlisted in the Army. Mack served in the Signal Corps in Viet Nam and received Honorable Discharge as SP4 in 1971. He spent much of his life working as a woodworker in the furniture and cabinet manufacturing industry, including eight years working as an antique repair specialist for J.R. Reding in Tacoma. Mack later acquired his own shop and started Orting Antique Repair. Having always had a passion for farming and agronomy, he became an urban farmer operating Greenman Microgreens from his hand-built greenhouse behind his Orting home in 2012. He ran this popular and successful business selling living microgreens to upscale restaurants in the Puget Sound area until his untimely death from advanced lung cancer on November 19, 2023. Mack is survived by his wife Mary Michele McLaughlin and sisters Janet Dorothy, Debra Wasche, Barbara Gauthier, and Christine Imhoff. He is preceded in death by his brother Jim and parents Larry and Loretta. Mack is being interred in the St. Francis Green Burial Section at Mt. Calvary Catholic Cemetery in Portland, Oregon.