John J. Lane, 80, Lieutenant Colonel, United States Army, Retired, of Gold Canyon, Arizona, passed away on July 4, 2019, in Mesa, Arizona.
John was born April 19, 1939, in Winthrop, Massachusetts, to John F. and Catherine L. (Manning) Lane.
He attended Winthrop High School in Winthrop, Massachusetts and continued his education at Boston College, graduating in 1961 with a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration. John was a Distinguished Military Graduate of the Reserve Officers Training Corps (ROTC) at Boston College and earned a Regular Army Commission. He went on to serve in the United States and overseas for the next two decades, retiring in 1983.
In 1962, while stationed in Aschaffenburg, Germany, John met the love of his life, a school teacher named Joyce Watkins. In 1964 they began their 55 year journey of marriage, creating a beautiful life and home. Together they had two children, Cathy and Michael.
While on active duty, John earned a Master’s degree in Business Administration from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, Massachusetts and graduated from the United States Army Command and General Staff College at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas.
After his military career, John was employed as a Logistics Manager with the Boeing Helicopter Company and retired after 20 years of service.
John is welcomed into Eternal Life by his parents, John and Catherine. He is survived by his wife, Joyce G. Lane, of Gold Canyon, Arizona; daughter, Catherine (husband Bryan) Angst, of Queen Creek, Arizona; grandson, Andrew Angst; son, Michael Lane (fiancé, Sara Diaz) of Chandler, Arizona; and grandsons, Drake, Broc, and Trey Lane.
A Memorial Service is scheduled for Friday, July 12, 2019 at 2:00pm at Mountain View Funeral Home and Cemetery – 7900 East Main Street, Mesa, Arizona 85207, where John will be laid to rest.
The family will receive friends at a Celebration of Life, immediately following the service at Cathy and Bryan’s home.
In lieu of flowers, contributions to “Trey’s Medical Fund” would be appreciated. Trey is John & Joyce’s grandson who suffers from MPS IVa, a rare and life-threatening genetic disorder. Donations can be made at any Wells Fargo location payable to “Trey’s Medical Fund” account or via Zelle, reference “TreysMedicalFund@gmail.com”