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May 31, 2016

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This Guest Book will remain online permanently courtesy of His Loving Wife, Janis Birdwell Lake and Children, Jennifer, Michael, Heather and Jonathan Lake.
July 18, 2014
Dear Ralph/ Janis : It has been a long long time since I met you and Janis in your Home in Hidden Valleys ( 5 years ) and heartfelt thank you and Lake / Birdwell families who had given to me all these years of 80's a great hospitality / education / humanity while I was in Sacremento . Heartache , do hear of your demised via my search through the internet ... so late .. your kindness , thoughts and spirit live in me and will always cherish the moments . I always have this plan to bring my grown up children ,daughter , Wei Ling , a dentist , in Australia and son , Wei Yang ,local university in Singapore to visit you and the rest of the Birdwell family . May you rest in peace . Love Shyang , Singapore july 18th 2014
July 16, 2013
I never met Ralph, but his wife Janis has told me so much about him and the beautiful soul that he is. may his soul's transition to the higher planes be smooth, easy, painfree, and joyful. and may Janis and her family be blessed with the inner strength to cope with the challenges ahead.
July 10, 2013
I posted this on facebook when I heard about Ralph's passing:

When I think back on my life, and those who have influenced me, my mind usually heads straight for the Lake family. Many friends come and go, but it's so rare that an entire family can touch you, influence you, mend you, and shape you in so many ways that you'll never forget. Today that family has lost a truly great human being. I remember the "Ralph Lake" breakfasts we'd get when I slept over. I remember the drives to summer school were spent listening to either Jurassic Park on tape, or Jon's constant questions on how things work, which Ralph was always ready and willing to answer, no matter how rapid fire Jon was. I remember once in fourth grade, Jon and I had to do a report on the Mission in Santa Ynez, and Ralph took the time out of his schedule to actually drive us both there so that we could see it and learn about it first hand. That's just a handful of all of the great things he did and was, and I'll never forget the lessons he taught and the knowledge and wisdom he imparted, even to someone like me who wasn't even a family member. I sure as hell felt like family in his presence.

I'm so sorry for your loss, Lake family.

RIP, Ralph Lake. You were a great man, and I will never forget you.
July 10, 2013
Ralph Lake was brilliant and kind. He astounded me often with his ability to fix things and his work ethic. His love for his family was something very few can achieve. I haven't had the opportunity to see him in years but the impact he had on me has never lessened. Please keep his family in your thoughts and prayers. And Jonathan please tell everyone in your family I am sorry for their\your loss. I know that isn't enough for someone as epic as your dad but I really hope all of you are doing as well as possible.
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