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Lillian Carmel Lara Kahn Obituary
Lillian Carmel Lara Kahn
1938 ~ 2013
Resident of San Ramon
Lillian Carmel Lara Kahn, Passed away quietly in her sleep on November 25, 2013. Lynne, as she was affectionately known among her family and many friends, was the youngest of four children. Born to Joseph V. Lara and Mary Morales Lara in 1938, Lynne attended Fremont High School in Sunnyvale and graduated from Sequoia High School in Redwood City. Her father was a well-known stone mason on the peninsula.
Lynne took business courses at De Anza College while working for the City of Palo Alto and later as office manager/bookkeeper for a prominent architectural firm. She met her life partner and future husband in Julius "Sandy" Kahn III in 1965. They blended their families and remained joined in love and spirit until her untimely passing. She is survived by her husband, and the children of that union: Jeffrey (Clemen), Stephen (Mayumi), and Michele (Jennifer), her sister, Geri Lara Smith, and many nieces, nephews, and cousins.
In the late 60's, Lynne showed her strength as a life, health and disability agent for Pacific Mutual Life, pioneering as a lone female in the Northern California office. She excelled in her field, driven by a passion of customer care and belief in the benefits of insurance. She continued this work for 19 years, at one time becoming a member of the "Million Dollar Round Table" in 1972 and a member of the San Francisco Board of Life Underwriters. She also served on the San Francisco Press and Union League Club Board of Directors, chairing the annual Cartoonists Night event.
As her husbands practice developed, Lynne left the insurance field to manage his Law Practice. She also helped to manage the increasing demands of their philanthropic efforts. Lynne and Sandy worked the Annual Shriner Concours d' Elegance fund raiser in Rancho Cordova. She was a contributing member of the Order of the Eastern Star, as well as the Daughters of the Nile. Lynne's project, as president and member of the Oakland Scottish Rite Ladies Club, involved raising money for the Childhood Language Clinic. She was very active in fundraising for Shriner's Hospitals for Children, and as the First Lady of Aahmes Shrine in 2003, she established funding for video which was used by the hospital for the re-entry of Shriner Kids with disfigurements and disabilities back into their schools.
Lynne enjoyed golfing, traveling, swimming, and was an accomplished horse race handicapper. Many local Masonic organizations benefitted from a fund-raising day at the races with "Lynne's Tips". She was commissioned an Honorary Kentucky Colonel. For the past six years, she and her husband were volunteers at the Shriner's PGA, Fed Ex golf tournament at TPC Summerlin, Las Vegas.
Lynne was known for her enthusiasm, generosity and her gorgeous, genuine smile. She will be, and is already, sorely missed by her family and circle of many friends.
A Memorial Service will be held on December 18, 2013 at the Aahmes Shrine Event Center 170 Lindbergh Ave. Livermore, CA 94551 at 11:00 O'clock AM.
In lieu of flowers the family requests donations to: Shriners Hospitals for Children Transportation Fund c/o Aahmes Shrine Temple, 170 Lindbergh Ave Livermore, CA.94551; The Oakland Scottish Rite Language Clinic, 1547 Lakeside Dr., Oakland CA. 94612; or "The Cancer Assistance Fund" c/o The Grand Chapter of California O.E.S, 16960 Bastanchury #E , Yorba Linda CA 92886-1711


Published in Contra Costa Times on Dec. 14, 2013
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