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Howard F. Layne

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Howard F. Layne Obituary
Howard Francis Layne was born in Burbank, California on May 4, 1923 to Floyd B. Layne and Nelly (nee Dorman). He passed away on December 6, 2017 in the comfort of the home he built in San Fernando for his family.

Howard grew up in the Hollywood Hills, right above the Hollywood sign, attending Hollywood High School where he lettered in wrestling and football. Later, at Occidental College, he was a member of the football and diving teams. It was at Oxy where he met his future wife Elizabeth (Beth) Layne (nee Odell) whom he married on May 12, 1945 in Glendora.

Howard served in World War II as an Ensign on Landing Ship Tank 731 which took part in the battle of Iwo Jima. He graduated from Occidental after returning stateside.

A licensed building contractor, Howard, worked with his father, before going into business himself. He built houses, industrial buildings and other structures ranging from airplane hangars, libraries and a car wash in San Fernando and Newhall.

He enjoyed extraordinary outdoor adventures: hiking in the Himalayas, the High Sierras and leading a disabled hiking group up Kilimanjaro. He fished the opening day at Crowley Lake for decades, always spending the following month there cycling, fishing and skiing. Howard also skied regularly in Aspen and the Swiss Alps, and would win numerous medals as a cyclist and triathlete at the World Senior Games in his 70s and 80s. From ages 71 to 82, Howard logged 22,955 miles over 2,719 hours riding a Shimano bicycle and serving as a component tester for the company.

Howard and Beth supported many charitable causes, among them the North Valley Family YMCA, where they were donors for 65 years and Howard sat on the Board of Directors for 30 years; the Lihue YMCA; Occidental College as well as the Valley Performing Arts Center.

Howard is survived by sons Larry Layne, of Marina del Rey; Steve Layne, of Kauai and Aspen; daughter Linda Layne, of Cambridge, England, as well as grandsons Fletcher Layne Wilson of San Fernando, and Jasper Layne Wilson of Troy, New York.

The celebration of a full life, well-lived will be held on Monday, December 18th, at noon at the First United Methodist Church, 1525 Glenoaks Boulevard in San Fernando.

Burial will be on Tuesday, December 19th at 12 noon at Oakdale Memorial Park 1401 South Grand, Glendora.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made as follows: North Valley Family YMCA, 11336 Corbin Avenue, Porter Ranch, CA 91326

Attn: Jane Stanton

Please write on the check: In Memory of Howard Layne
Published in Los Angeles Daily News on Dec. 17, 2017
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