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Patrick Larry Lane

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Patrick Larry Lane Obituary

March 17, 1931 - February 19, 2017

Patrick Larry (Pat) Lane, 85, of Yuba City passed away February 19, 2017. Pat was born on St. Patrick's Day, the youngest of twelve children and the seventh son of Oscar L. and Mamie [Dermody] Lane.

After attending high school in St. Cloud, Minnesota, Pat enlisted in the military and boxed in the Golden Gloves competitions for the Air Force. He apprenticed, under his father, a painting contractor, and joined the Painters Union in St. Paul, MN, working for his brother Wes Lane's firm, Lane Decorators, headquartered in St. Paul. He moved to Contra Costa County, California, where he married his first wife Evelyn and was the father of four children.

Pat was elected as the Business Representative of Painters Local 741, Martinez, California, and later elected as Business Manager of the District Council of Painters 16 of ten Bay Area counties. In 1970, Pat was selected as the General Representative for the International Brotherhood of Painters covering the states of Northern California, Oregon, Washington and Alaska, before his election in 1984 as General Vice President of ten Western States. In 1989, Pat was elected as General Secretary- Treasurer of the Painters International Union for the United States and Canada, with his office in Washington, DC, where he retired in 1994. Pat was instrumental in establishing the first Painters Pension Fund in the Bay Area and served on many national Labor- Management Boards, where he was widely respected for his honesty and integrity - his word was his bond.

Pat was well known for his Irish wit and great sense of humor. Pat often engaged in a good political debate, saying he was baptized Catholic, but was born a Democrat. He was an avid sports enthusiast - especially "his" Oakland Raiders. In the 1950's, he helped to build and raced cars at Bonneville, winning one race while timed at 142.85 mph in 1958. In the 1960's, he raced, sponsored and built Class C Flat Track Motorcycles for the Sacramento and San Jose Miles. He bred and raised thoroughbreds at his Shamrock Ranch in Contra Costa County. Pat loved all animals - particularly his West Highland White Terriers - Margie, Crissy, Danny, Amanda and Katie.

Pat married Francie in 1974 and both enjoyed participation in golf tournaments. His best game was "one over par" during the final round of the Men's Club Championship at his home in Lake Wildwood in 1986; and finally attained the elusive "hole in one" at Peach Tree Country Club's Hole #7 in 2009. Pat has been a continuous member of Peach Tree since 1982, where he cherished his many friends and the staff, as well as friends at the Yuba City Racquet Club. Pat's favorite vacations were several trips to "The Old Sod" where he and Francie managed to visit each county in the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland, playing golf and sightseeing.

A special note of gratitude must be expressed to his nurse, Corby Nissen of Sterling Hospice Care of Yuba City, for her extraordinary loving care during the last three months of his life.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his sisters Nora Lane, Katherine Lembke, Helen Hollenkamp, Mary Sullivan, Elizabeth Schneider; his brothers John, Raymond, Jack, Richard, Gene and Wesley Lane; and his daughter Laura.

Pat is survived by his wife Francie Lane, his sons Patrick L. Lane, Jr. (wife Carol), Mark K. Lane (wife Judy) and Michael J. Lane; his grandchildren and great grandchildren; as well as many beloved nieces, nephews and sister-in-law Donna (Mrs. Michael Taylor).

Mass will be held at St. Isidore's Catholic Church, Yuba City, on Friday, March 3, 2017, at 11:30 a.m. A Rosary will precede the Mass at 11:00 a.m.

Please join his family for a Celebration of Life at Peach Tree Country Club following Mass. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to St. Isidore's Catholic Church.

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Published in Appeal Democrat from Feb. 23 to Mar. 3, 2017
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