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Lane David Fernando, a gifted musician and lifelong resident of Skagit County, Washington, died at his home in La Conner on the night of August 20. He was 30.

Lane was born January 24, 1984, to the late Debbie Marie Baird Fernando of La Conner and David Lane Fernando, originally of Kent, Washington. Lane grew up in the family home near Lone Tree Point on the Swinomish Reservation. He was a member of the Swinomish Tribal Community.

A 2002 graduate of Anacortes High School, Lane enjoyed track, basketball, and snow boarding. Like his mother, Lane loved animals and had a kind, loving heart. But his true passion was his love for music. He wrote songs, played ukulele and guitar beautifully, and had gigs throughout the Puget Sound area. Lane had a gentle voice well suited for ballads and folk songs. In spring 2014 he was seen on Seattle television news singing to raise funds for families of the Oso landslide. It was his way of giving.

Lane sang at family funerals, offering his music to help lift spirits and heal broken hearts. He may have never sung more sweetly than at his mother's funeral in January 2014, when it was his own spirit that needed lifting the most.

Lane's inspiration for his music was his all-time favorite fans, his mom, dad and grandfather Bert Baird who had come to live in the family home. From a young age, Lane loved to perform for them. He was a natural, learning the ukulele without a single lesson. Lane's love of old-style country music grew from hours perched on his great-grandpa Lester Baird's lap. Thanks to Lane, the Fernando family home was always filled with music. The sound of his voice filled their rooms, lifted to the tree tops, and rung round the Skagit Valley. His performance through the years was always cherished by his fans. His charm and wit made the folks around him smile. Lane was loved by all ages.

Besides his beloved mother, Debbie, Lane was preceded in death by great-grandmother and -grandfather Inez and Lester Baird, by great-grandfather and -grandmother Paul and Edith Loomis, by great-grandmother and -grandfather Lottie Tom Sam and Walter Sam, by grandfather Fred R. Fernando.

Lane is survived by wife Marcelle, whom he had just wed in April 2014; his father David Lane Fernando; grandmothers Violet Fernando and Shirley Wilbur; grandfather Bert Baird; half-brother David, his wife Autumn and their son James; numerous aunts and uncles, and more cousins than can be counted easily.

Besides services August 24 and 25 at the Swinomish Community Center, the Fernando family invites all members of Lane's extended family to a memorial at 1:00 p.m. Tuesday, August 26, at the Upper Skagit Tribal Cultural Center, 25665 Coyote Dr., Sedro-Woolley, WA 98284.

We will sing in Lane's honor, to lift our hearts as he would. Through music, love and spirit, Lane will be there, too.