|Birth: ||Dec. 2, 1916|
Los Angeles County
|Death: ||Jan. 23, 2008|
Los Angeles County
Antelope Valley Press
Obituary notices and memorials
These ads appeared in the Antelope Valley Press
Saturday, January 26, 2008
Frank Arthur Lane was born December 2, 1916, to George W. and Olga (Straubinger) Lane when Lancaster was wide open spaces and dirt roads. The Antelope Valley lost another Pioneer Wednesday, January 23, 2008, at the age of 91. Frank A. Lane leaves behind his wife of 68 years, Yvonne M. Lane of the family home, daughters Frances Lane and Audrey Nore (Earl), son George M. Lane (Charlene), grandson Justin Lane, all of Lancaster, Calif.; and granddaughter Vonnie Nunes (Thomas) of Madera, Calif. Also, he leaves his faithful canine companion, Lizzie.
As a boy, Frank would skip school to go ride herd with the cowboys herding cattle past the ranch at what is now 45th Street West and Avenue K, where he lived. He rode his horse to school (Cedar Avenue Grammar School) and tied up to a hitching post provided by the school.
A vivid storyteller, he recounted as a young boy, "I remember mule traders coming to the ranch with replacement mules; usually from Missouri. I listened intently when they came, because their arrivals always meant lots of storytelling between the mule traders and mule skinners. Some of the stories about their trips were wild — like the description of coming down off steep grades with the wheels rough-locked and the mules trying to outrun the wagons behind them. I remember that occasionally a mule came in with hair completely scraped off on one side as a result of falling down and being dragged until the wagons could be stopped."
As a student at Antelope Valley High School, he had a truck and made money by selling sand and gravel that he shoveled by hand. Frank started the first Ready Mix Concrete, Sand, Rock and Gravel Company in the Antelope Valley at the corner of 10th Street West and Avenue I.
Frank married Yvonne Beery February 23, 1939. They moved to the ranch on Avenue L in 1951, and have lived there since.
Lane Park in Quartz Hill, not too far from the Lane Ranch, was created from land donated by Frank's father, George W. Lane as a way of giving to the community.
As a young adult, Frank and his family traveled the country with "Red Boy", his champion cutting horse. He bred quarter horses for racing and had many horses in the winners circle in his career. In later years, he enjoyed competing in Team Penning with his family.
In later years, Frank and his Dad, George W. Lane, developed one of the first subdivisions in the Antelope Valley, the Monte Vista Tract in Lancaster between Lancaster Blvd and Avenue I, and 10th and 15th Sts West. He drove his own water truck to water the trees himself. He was an early developer of commercial properties in the A. V. and remained active until recent years.
Frank was active in many, many organizations that helped the growth of the Antelope Valley. He was an AV Fair Board Director 1968-1976; Board Member of the AV High School District 1965-1971; Westside and AV Elementary School Boards for 8 years; Charter and Life Member of Lancaster Elks; Los Rancheros Visitadores member 40+ years; Grand Marshall of the AV Fair Parade and the Quartz Hill Almond Blossom Parade, and many other community organizations and awards.
Visitation is Tuesday, January 29, 2008, from 4 to 7 p.m., at Mumaw Funeral Home, 44663 N. Date Ave., Lancaster, CA 93534.
A Memorial Celebration of Life will be held at 11 a.m., on Wednesday, January 30, 2008, at the Greek Hellenic Center, 43404 30th St. W., Lancaster, Calif. Guests are invited to travel separately to the non-processional burial immediately following at Joshua Memorial Park, 808 E. Lancaster Blvd., Lancaster. A Reception will be held at 12:30 p.m., at the Greek Hellenic Center.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made, in Frank's memory, to: "Save A Pet", P.O. Box 463, Lake Hughes, CA 93532; and "Halfway To Home", Horse and Small Animal Rescue, P.O. Box 2498, Rosamond, CA 93560. Donations are tax deductible.
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Frank Lane, 91, rancher, community leader
This story appeared in the Antelope Valley Press
Thursday, January 24, 2008.
By RICH BREAULT
Valley Press Senior Feature Writer
QUARTZ HILL - Antelope Valley native Frank Lane, a rancher, developer and community leader, died in his sleep early Wednesday at the Lane family ranch. He was 91.
He is survived by Yvonne, his wife of 68 years; their children Frances Lane, George Lane and Audrey Griva; and grandchildren Vonnie Griva Nunes and Justin Lane.
"It's not only a personal loss for our family, but it's a great loss to the community," Frances Lane said.
"He's done so much good work here.
"He's a legend in Lancaster and the entire Valley."
"My dad loved the Antelope Valley. He spent his entire life here. He raised his family here. He retired here," George Lane said.
George Lane said his dad's death was also a blow to his dad's canine companion, Lizzie, a Queensland heeler.
"He had Lizzie for more than 10 years, and wherever he went and she was with him, she would never be more than a couple of feet from his side," George said. "This morning, while the family waited for the mortuary to pick up Dad's body, Lizzie was lying right next to him, faithful to the end."
The Lane family moved to the Antelope Valley 100 years ago when Frank Lane's father, George Lane, came to the Valley with 25 cents in his pocket. George Lane got his first job on a ranch, then worked for developers and the county road department. Frank Lane was born to George and Olga Straubinger Lane on Dec. 2, 1916, at home with the help of the local midwife, Anna "Mom" Evert. He married Yvonne Beery of Rosamond on Feb. 23, 1939. The couple lived at Lane Ranch, at the southeast corner of Avenue L and 60th Street West, for 68 years.
"Dad was a hard worker," George Lane said. "He started hauling gravel when he was still in high school. He did it all by hand, using a scoop shovel to load up a small truck.
"In later years, he started using a mule and a Fresno (scoop) to load the truck."
Frank Lane and his father started Ready-Mix Sand Rock and Gravel in the 1940s then teamed up again to form Monte Vista Building Sites and build one of Lancaster's first subdivisions - the Monte Vista tract.
During the 1950s, Frank Lane obtained national acclaim with his champion cutting horse, Red Boy, who was ranked in the Top 10 cutting horses in the country.
Lane was heavily involved in his community, having served as a member of more than two dozen community, civic, fraternal and equestrian organizations.
He spent eight years on the Westside Union School District board, eight years on the Antelope Valley Union High School board and eight years on the Antelope Valley Fair board.
In 1985, he was awarded the B.P. Glenn Award, presented annually by the Lancaster Chamber of Commerce.
"The most important thing to him was family," George Lane said. "He led many family activities through the years, many of them horse-related.
"He was not just my dad, he was my good friend. From 1970 to about four years ago we worked together at the office. We had lunch together almost every day.
"The last four years, he's been mostly at home. He was ill because of heart problems, but he was still sharp and had his sense of humor until the end."
George Lane said it was fitting that his dad died at the family ranch.
"The few times he was in the hospital, he hated it. He wanted to be at home," George said. "That's where his family was, where his memories were."
Funeral arrangements are pending.
FRANK ARTHUR LANE 02 Dec 1916 23 Jan 2008 (P) 93534 (Lancaster, Los Angeles, CA) (none specified) California
Yvonne M Beery Lane (1922 - 2013)*
Joshua Memorial Park
Los Angeles County
Created by: Tami Kelley
Record added: Jan 24, 2008
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