Rev. Lawrence Wilkes’ daughter posted about his death on her Facebook page.
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The Rev. Lawrence Wilkes, who in 2012 stepped in as interim pastor at the Crystal Cathedral when the Schuller family departed after a tumultuous bankruptcy, died last month after contracting COVID-19, the disease caused by the novel coronavirus.
Doctors confirmed on March 28 that Wilkes, 80, had the disease, according to a Facebook post by his daughter. Wilkes was on a ventilator, but died March 31.
Wilkes lived in Anaheim and is survived by his wife, daughter and son-in-law, and a granddaughter. He was among 17 COVID-19 deaths reported by the Orange County Health Care Agency as of Wednesday, April 8.
The native of Winnipeg, Canada, came to Southern California in 1968. In the early 1990s, he joined the Crystal Cathedral ministry founded by Robert A. Schuller. Wilkes was evening pastor at the Garden Grove church and, later, dean of the Robert Schuller School for Preaching, until 2006.