Mr. Lauren Lucian Hendrick, 83, of Mayo, FL passed away on Wednesday May 8, 2019 at North Florida Regional Medical Center in Gainesville, FL due to complications from pancreatic cancer. Lucian was born July 26, 1935 in Homeland, FL to Lauren Burr Hendrick and Roxie Victoria Waters Hendrick. He graduated from Ft. Meade High School in 1953 where he played baseball and was very active in the FFA, serving as chapter president and receiving the Chapter Farmer and American Farmer Degrees. He helped with many sporting events and FFA activities over the years. After graduation, he attended the University of Florida during which time he was drafted into the US Armed forces and served 6 years in the United States Army in the 82nd Airborne Division. After the Army he returned to Ft. Meade and worked for 17 years with Lewis/Durrance Fruit Company in the citrus and cattle business. After moving to Mayo, FL he worked with Ace Ranch Enterprises for 13 years and then the Florida Department of Agriculture Law Enforcement Division where he retired after 20 years of service. He also had timberland in Holmes County, FL. He enjoyed the cattle business, horses, growing watermelons and vegetables, training many young people about work ethic, as well as the agriculture business. He also enjoyed Gator Sports like Football and Baseball, and attended many Gator Girls Softball games. He will be greatly missed, but leaves behind a well-established family with deep agricultural roots and great work ethic, and he touched many people along the way. Lucian was preceded in death by his wife of 53 years, Mitzi C. Hendrick, which he met in North Carolina while in the armed forces, and a brother Ernest O. Hendrick.
He is survived by; 2 sons, Lucian Dean Hendrick and Wilbur Clark Hendrick, and wife Lisa, all of Mayo, FL; 1 sister, Barbara Myers, and husband Charlie, of Ft. Meade, FL; 3 grandchildren, Blaine Hendrick (Dayna), Blake Hendrick (Alexis), and Heidi Hendrick, all of Mayo; his life partner, Trish Clark, of Bervard, NC, 1 great granddaughter, Jayda, as well as numerous nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.
Graveside funeral services will be held at 10:00AM on Saturday May 11, 2019 in Bethel Cemetery in Mayo, FL with Bro. Ricky Lyons officiating. The family will receive friends from 6-8PM on Friday evening May 10th at Burns Funeral Home of Mayo, FL. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the American Cancer Society.
Friends may send condolences to the family at www.joepburnsfuneralhomes.com
Published on May 9, 2019