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Francis Edward Laney III

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Francis Edward Laney III (also known as Francis, Jr.) passed away in his sleep on April 5, 2015 at Wolf Creek Care Center in Grass Valley, CA. He was 81.

Francis was born in Oakland, CA on March 21, 1934 to Francis Edward Laney, Jr. and Honora Anita Laney (Lang). After living a few years with his family in the Bay Area, Francis' parents returned to the Yuba City area where he attended local schools including Yuba City Grammar School.

Francis attended Yuba City High School and graduated in 1952, lettering in football. His football talent earned him the nickname "Moose" and "Boom Boom". His success on the football field earned him numerous scholarship offers. He accepted a full ride football scholarship at the University of Santa Clara where he graduated in 1956. While at Santa Clara, Francis participated in the US Army ROTC program.

Once Francis finished school, he spent two years in the US Army at Fort Benning, Georgia and was honorably discharged in 1958. Once discharged, he returned to Marysville and married Judith Micheli in 1962. They had three children together.

Francis was active in local real estate as a salesman, a broker and part owner of Help-U-Sell and of Green Vending. For many years he enjoyed spending time with his family and friends playing golf as a member of Peach Tree Golf and Country Club.

He is survived by his three children, Lisa Clevenger, Francis Laney IV and Anthony Laney; his five grandchildren and his brother Peter O. Laney. His parents, Francis and Anita, preceded Francis in death. Francis's family is grateful for the care and kindness provided by his cousin, Patty Lee Lang. We thank her for all her help over the years.

A private memorial service will be given for Francis. Gifts can be made in his name to St. Joseph's Catholic Church in Marysville.

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Published in Appeal Democrat from Apr. 10 to Apr. 11, 2015
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