Lawrence Fan (1954-2022) Celebration of Life This Saturday at CEFCU Stadium

Celebration of Life Program

The San Jose State University Athletics Department and Fan Family would like to announce a Celebration of Life service for Lawrence Fan (1954-2022) to be held on Saturday, April 9, at CEFCU Stadium.

Information about Celebration of Life
Gates to CEFCU Stadium open at 9 am
Ceremony begins at 10 am
Complimentary parking is available at Park & ​​Ride Lot on 7th Street, across from the stadium.
Attendees should enter CEFCU Stadium from the West Entrance, located on 7th Street near the Box Office.
Those attending can sign one of four condolence books located on the West Concourse outside of Section 111.
Recommended dress is business casual.

For people unable to attend, the service will be broadcast on the Mountain West Network and on the San Jose State Athletics Twitter page (@SJSUAthletics).
Links to the livestream will be posted on this page when available.

Order of Service
Welcome – Jeff KonyaSan Jose State Director of Athletics
Justin AllegriMaster of Cermonies
Dr. Stephen Fan, brother of Lawrence
Lillian (Fan) Chou, sister of Lawrence
Tom Paratore, childhood friend
Special Presentation – Brent BrennanSan Jose State head football coach
Marc Spears, ESPN Senior Writer, former San Jose State men’s basketball player and alum
Doug Vance, CoSIDA Executive Director
Tom Bowen, former San Jose State Athletics Director
Sierra Painterformer San Jose State women’s water polo player and alum
John Poch, Executive Director for the San Jose Sports Authority
Amy VillaSan Jose State Director of Athletics Media Relations
Charlie Faas, San Jose State Vice President & CFO
Dr. Harry Edwards, San Jose State men’s basketball & track & field athlete and alum
Mark Purdy, former Mercury News sports columnist
Open Mic to share short stories about Lawrence

Lawrence spent the past 42-plus years promoting the San Jose State Athletics Department and the thousands of Spartan student-athletes that competed at SJSU during his tenure.

  • Primary contact for football, men’s basketball, men’s and women’s water polo, men’s and women’s golf and almost every sport at the school
  • Known for “Fan Cake” which was only served at indoor sports, most of time at men’s basketball game
  • 2012 CoSIDA Hall of Fame inductee – first Chinese American to receive this honor
  • 2012 CoSIDA Arch Ward Award – goes to a member who has made an outstanding contribution to the field of college sports information and by his/her activities brought dignity and prestige to the profession
  • 2013 CoSIDA Trailblazer Award – goes to an individual who is a pioneer in the profession and has mentored and helped improve the level of ethnic and gender diversity
  • 2017 CoSIDA President’s Award – recognizes committee members within the organization for the exemplary volunteer service and leadership within the organization’s committee structure in support of programs that benefit CoSIDA members
  • Worked 501 consecutive football games during his tenure
  • Coordinated the 1987 Heisman Trophy campaign for former Spartan quarterback Mike Perez
  • Handled all publicity for three women’s golf NCAA Championships – 1987, 1989, 1992
  • Worked at the Western Intercollegiate for 41 years
  • Founder of the Job Seekers Committee for CoSIDA and served as the chair from 1994-2017
  • Proud member of many committees and boards including the San Jose State Sports Hall of Fame, San Jose Sports Hall of Fame, National Football Foundation Northern California Chapter

Tributes to Lawrence in the Media


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