To cover a life’s journey on God’s earth, in a few words is difficult
– but here is an attempt at righteously honoring Carly’s daddy, Trish’s
husband, a brother to many loving sisters, brothers, and my Uncle: Lanny
Lanny was born in Sacramento,
California on August 13, 1962 to Paul and Colleen Blake. He had the most beautiful head of blonde
hair, and the bluest eyes – he was such a beautiful child. Lanny was always outside in the California sun, he
rarely sat still, playing, working, hanging out with all the family pets. He was truly a California boy - skate boarding, go carts,
fishing, and the beach.
Lanny’s love for animals continued throughout his whole
life. He spent some of his last precious
energy, with the help of his sister Val, ensuring one of his dogs had the best
Lanny Blake was mechanically brilliant – not much he
couldn’t fix. He traveled many places –
from California and Florida
beaches to Wyoming and Colorado
mountains to Arizona
deserts and trails.
Accomplishments came Lanny’s way – having a
family, owning a home in Ohio,
establishing a business; but of all this, it was fatherhood that was dearest in
his heart. His daughter Carly, whom he
shared with Jennifer, will attest. Carly
and he spent a great deal of time together – in particular a road trip to
Colorado - where we all met up - ate good food, drank a little vino, sang,
danced, celebrated a family together again - it was a “cherished by all
forever” moment in time - shared with sisters, nieces, cousins, and
friends. - On Lanny’s return to Arizona, he enjoyed his
favorite sport, fishing. He dropped a line in the Colorado
River – a river he visited since childhood and throughout his
life. We were all aware of how important
that trip was.
Not many knew that Lanny saved a young man from
drowning. As he reminisced in his last
few days, he told me the whole story – vividly.
After we sat in a few moments of quiet, he said, “I hope God remembers.”
Lanny did live Skynyrd’s words “Be a simple kind of man.” He was given precious time on this good earth
to learn “all that you need is in your soul……..following your heart and nothing
else.” He had made his peace before
moving on – what a God given gift not always given.
Lanny passed on the
morning of June 12, 2015 at home, in Cornville,
Arizona. As he had a loving woman bring him into this
world, he had a loving woman by his side as he left – Trisha Stone Blake.
Preceding, and waiting
for him were his parents, Paul and Colleen, two older sisters, Carlotta and
Krista, and his best childhood friend and nephew Craig. Continuing on, and so grateful that we were
blessed with Lanny are his wife Trisha, daughter Carly, sisters (Veronica,
Valerie, Zela, Paulette, Shawn, Janet), brothers (Les, Randy, Shannon),
and many nieces and nephews.
It was an honor to have
already celebrated Lanny’s life – with him.
So in lieu of services, we ask that you cherish your daughters, be kind
to your sons, and care for each other – just a little bit more. In lieu of services, we ask that you take a
big, deep, breath of fresh air – and realize how very lucky you are to be able
to do so. God Bless and RIP Lanny