BRIGHT--Cruger Lane, 94, passed away Sunday, February 16, 2014, at his home in La Habra Heights, California. He was born December 26, 1919, in Kansas, to William A. Bright and Ethel G (Eyster) Bright. He attended Kansas State, attaining a Bachelor of Science degree before joining the Marine Corps in February 1942. He had a distinguished 26 year career as an aviator, serving in the Pacific in World War II. He also served in Korea and Vietnam. He retired in 1968 as a full Colonel, having served as the commanding officer of Marine Corp Air Facility (Santa Ana). He then attended UCLA law school, graduating in 1971. He practiced law for 19 years, retiring from State Compensation Insurance Fund in 1980. He is survived by his life partner of 44 years, Margarita P. McCoy; sons Jeff Bright of Los Osos, CA, Joshua Bright, and daughter-in-law Mary Paterson-Bright of Castro Valley, CA; and grandson Cameron Bright of Oakland, CA. Services will be private. He had a long and happy life in the hilltop home he loved. He will be missed.
Published in The New York Times on Feb. 22, 2014