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Geoffrey Neil Lang


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Geoffrey Neil Lang Obituary
GEOFFREY NEIL LANG unexpectedly passed away April 7, 2016 at age 74, from heart failure and diabetes. He leaves behind family and friends who shall miss his always cheerful disposition and his warm smile. Geoff was born September 16, 1941 to Eugene and Madeleine Lang in San Rafael, Calif. He grew up in Novato, Calif. and was a member of the first graduating class of Novato High School in 1959. He received his bachelor and master's degrees from the University of California, Berkeley, majoring in hospital administration. He served in senior administrative and CEO positions in Honolulu, Hawaii, Seattle Wash., San Francisco, Calif., and Vancouver, Wash., from which he retired. Geoff was the CEO of Valley Health System and its three hospitals from 1990-1998 and returned as an interim CEO in 2005 to assist in recruiting a new administrator. He and his first wife, Barbara (Jody) were proud parents of two sons, Geoffrey and Kenneth; she preceded him in death. In 1990, Geoff met another hospital CEO, Kay Schweickart and they married in 1991. They were each other's best friend throughout their life together. In retirement, they moved to Lake Roesiger in Snohomish, Wash. in order to be close to their three children and two grandchildren. Winters were spent at their home in Indian Wells Country Club. Geoff and Kay enjoyed traveling together, especially in Europe. Geoff planned exceptional trips to small towns, requiring driving on narrow, curvy roads and the experience was consistently outstanding. He was a "foodie" and carefully sought out the best dining places in any area they visited. Kay photographed the scenery; Geoff came home with photos of great meals they shared. Geoff was an active member of the Indian Wells Rotary Club and embodied the values of truthfulness, fairness, goodwill and better friendships. He volunteered at Martha's Village and Kitchen for ten years. Geoff was a member of Our Savior's Community Church in Palm Springs, Calif. He enjoyed playing poker, gin rummy, bridge and cooking. He was a ham radio operator, having obtained his license in his early teens and still enjoyed communicating with people around the world. Geoff was preceded in death by his parents and first wife. He is survived by his wife, Kay Lang of Snohomish, Wash. and Indian Wells, Calif.; sons, Geoffrey (Christie) Lang of Snohomish, Wash. and Kenneth (Sas) Lang of New York City, N.Y.; stepdaughter, Jamie (Brock) Gilman of Seattle, Wash.; grandchildren, Christopher and Natalie Lang and sister, Donna (Richard) Shelley of Englewood, Colo. Private burial is at Woodlawn Cemetery in Snohomish, Wash. A memorial service will be held Saturday, April 30, 2016 at 3:00 pm, at Forest Lawn Mortuary in Cathedral City, Calif. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to be made to a local with a focus on helping those less fortunate. To view and sign this guestbook, please visit: pe.com/obits


Published in Press-Enterprise on Apr. 24, 2016
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