Hugh Charles Lantz
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September 28, 1930
May 10, 2014
Hugh Charles Lantz, (b 9/28/30 d. 5/10/14)
Born in San Diego CA, of Irish and Scottish immigrants, Hugh was a first generation American. He attended San Diego City, San Bernardino and Riverside Colleges, and the University of Utah. From 1949 to 1953 he served as a Staff Sergeant in the 2515t AAA Brigade, California National Guard.
Hugh was a San Diego Firefighter for 14 years. Because of his love of flying and his firefighting experience, he became a Helitack Foreman for the U.S. Forest Service in the Sierras. He worked at high altitudes, supervising fire crews and rescuing injured people.
Then he made a switch and became a Bishop, CA policeman for several years, then transferred to the Mono County Sheriff's Department, as a resident Deputy Sheriff/Deputy Coroner. Upon retiring for medical issues, he took up a new career as a private Polygraph Examiner.
He is Past President of the Nevada Polygraph Association, the Nevada Society of Scottish Clans, Sons and Daughters of Erin & the NV State Rifle & Pistol Assoc. He also served as President of Sparks Greenbrae Lions Club & was the Governor of NV District 46 Lions as well as being actively involved with the American Legion Post 1 in Reno. He was also a long term member of the Scottish American Military Society.
Hugh is survived by his wife, Doris (also known as Pat). They were just 94 days shy of being married 65 years. Also surviving are 2 sons, Bret of Spanish Springs & William of Reno and 2 daughters, Lynnette Smith of Escondido CA & Barbara Castleman of Salem OR, as well as 8 grandchildren and 10 great grandchildren.
He was an amazing man who touched the lives of so many. He will be greatly missed and will live on in our hearts and minds forever.
Donations can be made to
Hugh's Celebration of Life will be at the American Legion Hall, 877 Ralston, Reno NV 89503 on Sat. May 24 at 2:00 PM.
Truckee Meadows Cremation & Burial
616 S Wells Ave Reno, NV 89502
Published in Reno Gazette-Journal on May 18, 2014