ALBERT SAWYER Albert Joseph Sawyer, 88, of Las Vegas passed away Aug. 14, 2012. He was born Jan. 26, 1924, in Pittville, Calif., to Joseph and Ida Sawyer. At age 20, he married Mary F. Bastian. In World War II, he was a communications specialist on submarines. After moving to Las Vegas in 1960, he worked for EG&G as an electrical engineer. In 1974, he made his first electric car. After retiring from EG&G in 1978, he formed LectraMotors to mass produce electric cars. He was a true visionary and pioneer in the electric car industry. Some cars are on the road to this very day. Throughout his life he invented many things that have made our daily lives better. He is reunited in Heaven with his wife, of 63 years, Mary; mother and father; sister, May Berney; and son, Clarke Joseph Sawyer. He is survived by daughters, Patty Austin (Larry), Kate Sawyer and Gerry McDermott; son, Doug Sawyer (Mary); five grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren. Memorial services will be at 10 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 18, at Shadow Hills Church, 7811 Vegas Drive, Las Vegas, NV 89128, immediately followed by celebration of life at the Fellowship Center.

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Al worked for E.G.&G. at NRDS in the 1960 s. I was in a car pool with Al for many miles. Over the 50 years I knew him,we had great times and parties! I will miss Al. See you later!!
Roger Noyes
August 26, 2012
My ex- husband and Al invented a pool alarm together about 18 years ago. Due to a third party it fell thru. We spent long hours at their house, so they could work on it. To say the least we became very close. He is one of the most intelligent men I know! I was blessed to be his his hair stylist till the end. I thank god for bringing such a wonderful human being into my life!
Tammy Bofenkamp
August 18, 2012
The electric vehicle community has lost a brilliant engineer who was always ready to assist those of us who lacked the skills needed to keep our EVs on the road. Al wrote great articles for the EAA newsletter, participated with us in Earth Day events, gave technical lectures at numerous community functions and many times was in my driveway troubleshooting issues with one of my cars. For over twenty years he was my dear friend as well as an invaluable knowledge source. His enthusiasm for
resolving problems, his charming personality and his generous sharing of time and expertise will never be forgotten. I feel fortunate to have known him. My condolences to the Sawyer family on their loss.
Gail Lucas
August 17, 2012
August 17, 2012
Ms. Sawyer my prayers and love go out to you and your family during this time.
May God give you comfort and love. Joyce Valmore
August 16, 2012
You were a very sweet man and you will be missed by many!! R.I.P. Albert
Heather Gibbons
August 16, 2012
A great Friend you have been AL,
Our experiences together will be remembered
We will all miss you.
bill kuehl
August 16, 2012
August 16, 2012
Al was a mentor, teacher,leader, technologist, engineer and friend. His position as CEO of Lectra Motors, an electric car company in Las Vegas from 1979 to 1982, put the Las Vegas region years ahead in alternative fuel vehicle adoption. As co-founder of the Las Vegas Electric Vehicle Association during the 1990s, he spent many years sharing his wisdom and experience to help form an active electric vehicle community.

Thank you, Al, for your gentle guidance. I will deeply miss you.
Stan Hanel
August 16, 2012
Al is a great inspiration to me and everyone. To the unbeliever, death is the end; to the believers, the beginning.
Jon Hallquist
August 16, 2012
Lloyd Reece
August 15, 2012
Lloyd Reece
August 15, 2012
One of the finest gentlemen I've ever known. A great engineer who explained everything with an quite authority. I am honored for the time he spent teaching me about electric cars and I will do all I can to share that knowledge with others. You will be missed but not forgotten!
Lloyd Reece
August 15, 2012