Lawrence Eugene Jopp was born Oct. 9, 1931, to William and Olga Jopp at the family farm in Longbranch. Jopp died peacefully July 8, 2018, at St. Anthony Hospital in Gig Harbor with his family at his side. He attended Peninsula High School and served in the Navy during the Korean War from 1951 to 1955. After his discharge he worked for Universal Builders and Irwin Construction before starting his own business, L.E. Jopp Builders, which he operated for 25 years. He purchased the Jopp family farm in 1966 and lived there with his wife of 50 years, Susan, until his death.
Jopp is survived by his wife Susan; four children, Chad Jopp, Teresa (Rance) Smith, Ric (Leesa) VandeKamp and Tad VandeKamp; eight grandchildren, Rachel, Aleece, Brynn, Brock, Chase, Cole, Brooke and Tyler; sister Linda Armour; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Jopp was preceded in death by his parents, William and Olga Jopp; sisters Alice and Carol; and three brothers, Don, Marc and Cedric.
Jopp enjoyed the Mariners, Huskies, Seahawks, hunting, gardening and was a master winemaker. He was a strong, smart, handsome man and we are privileged to have had him in our lives. We will miss him terribly.