June 9, 1934 - May 11, 2013
Donald H. Lane died May 11, 2013 in Carson City, Nevada after a long illness. He was born on June 9, 1934 in San Mateo, California and primarily raised in San Carlos, California. He graduated from Sequoia Union High School in Redwood City and went on to college graduating with a degree in Metallurgical Engineering from the University of Nevada, in Reno. He worked for Westinghouse as an engineer for over 30 years working on submarines and the electro-magnetic gun. He was creative and talented at his job. Upon retirement he settled in the Carson Valley in Nevada. Don loved the Valley, his wonderful view of the mountains from his back yard and his friends.
Don is survived by his daughter, Susan Lane of Novato; daughter, Lisa Bednar and her husband, Bert of Chandler, Arizona and son, Michael of Fairfield and son, Christopher of Gilroy. He has three grandchildren, Brandon age 7, Regan age 5, and Allison age 16. Don was preceded in death by his parents, Harland and Eleanor Lane and his son, Timothy Lane. Other living relatives included his sister, Nancy Boggs Forsythe; brother-in-law, Sy Forsythe of Novato; daughter-in-law, Judy Lane of Murrieta, California and cousin, Sherman McClellan of Los Angeles.
Don was loved by his children and they will miss him.
Don had been in ill health the last few years of his life. He was well cared for by his loving helpers, Carrie Keebaugh and Edna Huyler.
Don lived a colorful life. He loved fishing and tying his own flies. He was an avid photographer taking and developing his own pictures. He loved to fly and he and friends bought and flew a 4 seater Bonanza airplane for many years. Don had a great zest for life and lived it to the fullest. He loved classic country music and James Bond films. He loved to tell stories and jokes and to have people laugh with him.
The family wishes to thank the wonderful staff at the Carson Valley Hospital and his loving caregivers for his care. A celebration of his life is planned for June 8, 2013 at 1 p.m. at the Valley Memorial Park, 650 Bugeia Lane, Novato, California.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to the Special Olympics or a charity of your choice.