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Carl Lane

1939 - 2016 Obituary Condolences
Carl Lane Obituary
January 15, 1939 - February 23, 2016 Carl Lane, at the age of 77, passed away peacefully, at home, on the morning of February 23, 2016, with his wife, Jo, by his side. Carl was the loving husband of Jo Topps, father of Curt Lane and Mitchell Lane, grandfather of Colin Lane, and brother of Carolyn Castelli. He will be missed by the many who loved him. Carl was born in Los Angeles, California, in 1939, son of Carl Lane and Myra Kinard, and lived his early years in Burbank, California, where he graduated from Burbank High School in 1956. Carl later graduated from Cal State LA with a Master's Degree in Kinesiology. Always an athlete, Carl, participated in and coached many sports. Carl joined the Palos Verdes Unified School District in 1963, where he was a teacher, coach and principal at the secondary level. Carl retired from his career in education, as an elementary principal, in the Lowell Joint School District, in 2000. Carl enjoyed life to its fullest. During his high school and collegiate days Carl played football and ran track. Later he completed numerous triathlons and 30 marathons, with a 3:10 personal record. He loved to body surf, play beach volleyball, water ski, cross-country and downhill ski. Carl camped and backpacked throughout the western states. His interest in the natural world took him on trips to Alaska, Costa Rica, British Columbia, the Galapagos, and Argentina. Carl's interest in history found him on trips to Japan, Italy, Greece, Spain, the United Kingdom, France, Germany, Austria, the Czech Republic, and the Netherlands. Some of his last adventures included running on the ship while it crossed the Panama Canal, on his 75th birthday, trekking the Andes in Patagonia, and hiking in Iceland. Carl loved good food, music and wine. Carl's vegetable garden produced amazing additions to the meals he and Jo so loved to cook. His tomatoes were legendary! Carl's music collection spanned classical to jazz. Carl and Jo attended many jazz concerts, events and festivals. He especially enjoyed attending concerts and festivals at the Hollywood Bowl, where good food, music and wine could be enjoyed simultaneously! His wine collection began in earnest with the help of his friend and mentor, Bob Wilson. Carl began collecting wine in the early days of the wine boom in California. He loved to host "blind wine tastings" with friends and then share the results with wine makers. In September 2015, Carl and Jo toured Bordeaux, France, to taste wine. While Carl enjoyed the wines of Bordeaux, he couldn't wait to get home to a big California Syrah! Carl lived his dreams! Please live yours! In lieu of flowers, please support the .
Published in the Los Angeles Times from Mar. 4 to Mar. 6, 2016
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