Gregory Mark Lansen passed away on February 23, just 5 days shy of his 64th birthday. He was born just outside of Chicago, raised in Appleton, Wisconsin. He graduated from the University of South Florida and the Florida State University School of Law. After serving as an Assistant District Attorney in Bradenton, Florida, he opened his own practice, and had a distinguished career in civil and criminal defense law in Bradenton. He completed his career as an Assistant Public defender, work he believed in deeply and enjoyed immensely. Sin defense, no es Justica. Greg loved the outdoors. He was a varsity athlete in high school, a 3-handicap golfer, and an avid fisherman. With a lust for adventure and travel, he retired in 2000 and traveled extensively with his wife, backpacking in Central and South America, living for periods of time in Costa Rica, Panama and Patagonia, Chile. Greg was loved everywhere he traveled, making life-long friends from all over the world. He was a real Daniel Boone, clearing land with a machete and chopping his own firewood.A truly kind and gentle soul, Greg never met a dog or a child he didn't like, or who didn't like him. He is survived by his loving wife and fellow adventurer, Vicki; daughter Dessa Willson (Vaughn); sons Christopher Watson (Melissa) and Nicholas Watson (Carly); grandchildren Blake and Katie Willson, and Robert Kenneth Watson; his father, Bob Lansen; brother Dr. Thomas Lansen; sisters Lori and Carol Lansen; and his neice, nephews, grandnieces, and grandnephews, many cousins and dear friends. He will be sorely missed, and may he rest in peace.A wake will be held at the Covell Funeral Home, 4232 26th St W, Bradenton, from 1 - 4 pm, Sunday, February 28; and a mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at Saints Peter and Paul the Apostles Catholic Church, 2850 75th St W, Bradenton, on Monday, February 29, at 12 noon. In lieu of flowers, donations to the "Greatest Need" at Tidewell Hospice House, Arcadia, Florida, would be appreciated.
Covell Funeral Home & Cremation
4232 26th St. W.
Bradenton, FL 34205
Published in The Bradenton Herald on Feb. 27, 2016