James Laurence Sheerin Jr., of Hailey, Idaho, was born on Aug. 29, 1971, in San Antonio, Texas, and died on Oct. 11, 2019, in a car accident in Little Camas, Idaho.

Laurence, a passionate and curious man, loved his family, adventure, a well-timed prank, music and his friends. A voracious reader, Laurence devoured books, especially books related to Russian history or World War II. Laurence graduated from St. Mark’s School in Massachusetts (1989), where he met his wife Priscilla, and went on to earn his bachelor’s degree in business from Boston University, which he put to use managing his family’s ranch in Texas and initiating the largest wind power operation in the Rio Grande Valley. 

Laurence, Priscilla and their two daughters, Abigail and Rosie, lived in Colorado Springs for many years before moving to Sun Valley, Idaho, in 2015. He was an early adopter to snowboarding and mastered the sport with dedication, could regularly been seen on the first chair, preferring to always do it his way on the longest board possible. Laurence’s passions were far-ranging; in addition to his near encyclopedic knowledge of the band Phish and World War II, he was a dead-eye shot with a shotgun; an avid rider, collector, historian, and practiced mechanic of BMW motorcycles; a beer collector and aficionado; an amateur meteorologist; and an insightful art collector.

Laurence’s friends and family loved his deep baritone voice, his unique sense of humor, and his loyalty. He will be missed by many. Laurence is survived by his wife of 20 years, Priscilla (Fingleton), his two daughters, Abigail (16) and Rosie (12), of Hailey, Idaho; his mother Betty Lou Sheerin of San Antonio, Texas; and his sister Andrea Kate Sheerin of San Antonio, Texas. Laurence was preceded in death by his father, James Laurence Sheerin (Larry), and sister Stephanie (Halff) Street.

In lieu of flowers, please make donations to Higher Ground in Laurence’s memory.