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Originally published in the Valley Daily News, September 1992

By Mary Swift

Johnny Lazor has a chew in his hospital bed. (Valley Daily News photo by Gary Kissel.)

Johnny Lazor has a chew in his hospital bed. (Valley Daily News photo by Gary Kissel.)

RENTON — The Red Sox are still his favorite team, though former Red Sox player Johnny Lazor will be the first to admit they haven’t done much to cheer about this year.

Now Toronto, that’s a baseball team, Lazor says with the knowing look of a man who’s knocked clumps of sod out of his own cleats more than once in his life.

As for Seattle’s own Mariners: “They stink,” he says, wasting neither words nor sympathy.

At 80, it’s been a few decades since Lazor picked up a bat and stepped up to the plate to face a pitcher. Age has turned his hair white; time, however, hasn’t dulled the memories of his own ball-playing days.

Even as a farm kid growing up in the Taylor area in southeast King County, Lazor knew what he wanted to do. (more…)

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Originally published in the MVHS The Bugle, October 1994

The Lazor “children” out by the barn at the family farm on 208th. Seated are John and Mike Lazar and Mary Pilat. At back is Betty Lazor, Vince’s widow.

The Lazor “children” out by the barn at the family farm on 208th. Seated are John and Mike Lazar and Mary Pilat. At back is Betty Lazor, Vince’s widow.

Memories of the “old days” were flying fast on September 11 as generations of the Michael and Veronica Lazor family gathered with friends and neighbors at the former family farm on 208th Street.

The present owners, Paul and Gayle Kness, who purchased the farm in 1981, graciously welcomed some 40 Lazor descendants and former neighbors such as the Kralls and Junevitches for the reunion.

The three oldest Lazor children, Mary, Mike, and Johnny, were all present at the reunion. They were born in Taylor in the early 1900s. In 1914 they moved into the house their folks built on the 20-acre farm, where the youngest child, Vincent, was born. The farm was first sold in 1969 to the McDermand family. (more…)

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