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LACEY Captain JAMES MEREDITH LACEY USN (Ret.) On September 30, 2012, Captain James Meredith Lacey, USN (Ret) passed away. He was born on May 23, 1939 in McKeesport, Pennsylvania to James and Gladys Lacey. Jim attended Marietta College on a football scholarship. He earned a commission in the U.S. Navy where he became a Naval Flight Officer. In 1963, a friend asked if he wanted to do a two year tour in Antarctica, Operation Deep Freeze. Thankfully, he did, as during one of the many stopovers in Christchurch, New Zealand, he met his beautiful and devoted wife, Diana Maria Hall. On February 19, 1966, Jim and Diana started an incredible life long journey as husband and wife that brought them much laughter and many loving memories. Jim went on to serve two tours in Vietnam and served proudly for 25 years. He earned a masters degree in Systems Analysis from the Navy Post Graduate School. He was awarded the Legion of Merit, the Navy Commendation Medal, two Air Medals, the Antarctica Service Medal, the National Defense Medal, the Viet- nam Service Medal, and the Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal. Jim enjoyed sailing, UVA football and laughing with friends and family. He was always quick with a joke or mixing a margarita. Most of all, he loved and lived for his family. Spending time with his children was always a priority. He would wake up at 4:30 am to go to work for the sole purpose of getting home early enough to play with his children, coach soccer, or help with their homework. Jim was always there for his family. Later in life, you would find him on the floor playing with his adoring grandchildren. He lived his life with passion, believed in hard work, but above all integrity. These values, he passed on to his children and grandchildren. Jim is survived by his loving wife of 47 year, Diana, his son Jim and wife Amy, his son Michael and wife Jen, his son Stephen and wife Jen, his adoring daughter, Tanya, his loving grandchildren, James, Caroline, Cole, Virginia, Grant, and Charlotte and his niece Monica and husband Joe and children Justin, Samantha, and Michael and his many New Zealand and Australia family members. Thank you for everything you have given us. Words cannot express how much you will be missed. Friends are invited to his viewing on Thursday, October 4 between the hours of 5 and 7 p.m. with a service to follow at 7 pm at Mountcastle Turch Funeral Home, 4143 Dale Blvd, Dale City, VA. Friday, October 5 at 9 a.m. He will be buried with Military Honors at Quantico National Cemetery. You are welcome to join the family for a procession to the Cemetery, meeting at Mountcastle Turch Funeral Home at 7:45 a.m. All are invited to a celebration of his life at the Quantico Officers Club after the ceremony. Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.mountcastle.net. In lieu of flowers, contributions to honor Jim may be made to the Wounded Warrior Project, www.woundedwarriorproject.org
Mountcastle Turch Funeral Home & Crematory
4143 Dale Blvd. Dale City, VA 22193
Published in The Washington Post on Oct. 3, 2012