BY FRANK WILKES LESNEFSKY
From a concert hall in Pasadena, California, to Penn Avenue in Scranton, Lawrence Alan Dutcher’s legacy will live on through his artwork.
The 73-year-old husband, father, grandfather, artist and Scranton native died Sunday. Locally, he created two prominent bronze statues: one of former editor and co-publisher of The Scranton Times, Edward J. Lynett, located in front of the Scranton Times Building at 149 Penn Ave., and another of Revolutionary War hero and Polish freedom fighter Thaddeus Kosciuszko, located on Lackawanna County Courthouse Square.
His artwork was primarily realistic with portraits and sculptures, Amie Hartsgrove recalled of her father.
“But he wasn’t exclusive to those,” she said.
Dutcher also worked with leather and stained glass and in a variety of other mediums — and his ability to fix things was an art form in itself, his daughter said.
“There wasn’t very much that he couldn’t repair,” she said.
Her father was inspired by the beauty of nature and people, Hartsgrove said. He was also inspired by his mother, father and grandfather, who all painted, she said.
Theresa Dutcher of Scranton described her late husband as intelligent, kind, loving and an outdoorsman, adding that he saw everything from an artistic perspective.
He has three bronze statues in California, including statues of pianist Arthur Rubinstein and evangelist Herbert W. Armstrong, she said.
The Air Force veteran who served as a crew chief during the Vietnam War left his paintings all over the world, from Taiwan to Texas, his wife said.
Locally, his iconic sculptures mean a piece of her husband’s memory will always be close by, she said.
“I just feel that it’s beautiful, a wonderful experience in my life to have shared in the city of Scranton,” Theresa Dutcher said.
Although Hartsgrove now lives in Raleigh, North Carolina, almost everybody she runs into in Scranton knows about her father’s work, she said, chuckling as she recounted people mistaking the Edward J. Lynett statue for a living person at night.
She was only a child when her father created the statue in the 1980s, but she remembers helping her dad mixing clay for the Lynett sculpture before casting it.
“He put his heart and soul into that one,” she said.
The statue was a masterpiece, said George V. Lynett, Edward J. Lynett’s son and a Times-Tribune publisher emeritus.
“When he showed us the finished product, I mean, it was my father,” he said. “Every time I go by it, I say, ‘Hi dad.’”
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