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Lawrence Justice, 81, Dies of Cancer

August 14, 2001

DUARTE, Calif. (AP) _ Lawrence Milton ``Zeke″ Justice, who started the Justice Brothers engine additive firm with his two brothers nearly a half-century ago and became a fixture in the auto racing world, has died. He was 81.

Justice died Thursday of prostate cancer, said his nephew Ed Justice Jr.

Zeke and his brother Ed earned a reputation in the racing world after sponsoring the car Johnnie Parsons drove to victory in the 1950 Indianapolis 500.

Zeke, Ed and eldest brother Gus started Duarte-based Justice Brothers Inc. in 1957 and it became a distributor of engine additives worldwide.

In the 1950s, Zeke Justice would brew fuel and oil additives in his back yard, auto racing writer Harold Osmer said.

``He would come up with these ideas and test them out in their back yard,″ Osmer said.

Peggy Frye recalled her father building a race car in their garage.

``They’ve always worked on cars,″ she said. ``It’s been in their blood since they were old enough to hold a hammer.″

Doug Stokes, spokesman for Irwindale (Calif.) Speedway, said Justice was passionate about cars until the very end.

``At 80 years of age, he was still laying under cars out in the parking lot. He just loved to tinker on cars,″ Stokes said.

In 1999, Justice was accepted into the Indy 500 Old-timers Club.

Justice, whose wife Joyce died in 1999, is survived by children Peggy, Linda, Gail, Joy and Lawrence Jr. A funeral will be held Tuesday at Faith Community Church in West Covina.

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