Obituary:Lane Leo Carlton
Lane Leo Carlton passed away Sunday, Aug. 5, 2012, at his home in Omak, Wash. Lane was born Aug. 18, 1922, to George and Hester Carlton in Okanogan, Wash.
After graduating from Okanogan High School in 1940, Lane served his country in the U.S. Navy for four years. As part of his military service he received advanced training at several universities. After leaving the service Lane returned to Washington and worked at the Wagner mill in Twisp. In 1948 he married his sweetheart, June Vandiver, also of Okanogan.
In 1951 Lane earned a Bachelor of Education degree from Eastern Washington College of Education in Cheney. He then taught two years in Oroville, Wash., before moving to Okanogan to teach junior high and high school mathematics. In 1959 he received a grant for additional training in science and math education at the University of Alaska. The following year he received a prestigious National Science Foundation grant that funded one year of intensive studies at the University of Colorado, where he received a Masters of Education degree. After returning from Colorado, he took a teaching position in Yakima, Wash. He then returned to Okanogan as Junior High School Principal in 1962. He retired in 1977 and moved to South Beach, Oregon, where he and June received the Lord Jesus as their Savior. He remained in Oregon for several years after June’s death in 1984. In 1989 he married Aileen Wilson, and they moved to Conconully where they lived until 2005. They spent several winters in Tucson, Arizona. For the past seven years Lane and Aileen lived in Omak and were active in the Okanogan Presbyterian Church. Lane thanked the Lord for his many blessings in life, especially his two wonderful wives and family.
Lane loved the outdoors. He was an avid hunter and fisherman and enjoyed camping with his family throughout the Okanogan country. He was also a pilot and owned two planes in which he travelled throughout the Northwest. Lane enjoyed golfing and was also a talented woodworker, creating several beautiful cabinets and other items that are treasured by his children. He was generous with his time and talents, helping family, friends, and the church with various construction projects.
Lane is survived by his wife, Aileen; son, Gary Carlton (Maggie) in Republic, Wash.; daughter, Patti Olson (Jerry) in Ariel, Wash.; son Mark Carlton in Okanogan, Wash.; grandson Chris Carlton in Upland, California; grandson Steve Carlton in San Luis Obispo, California; stepson Mike Wilson (Janet) in Omak; stepdaughter Vicki Goff (Allen) in Conconully; stepdaughter Diane Hoyt (Wayne) in Ely, Arizona; stepson Michael Wilson (Lorie) in Spangle, Wash; and step-grandchildren Jordyn, Tyler, and Mikayla Wilson and Garrett and Conner Hoyt. He was preceded in death by his first wife, June, both his parents, and his brothers, Raymond and Walter.
Services will be held 11 a.m. Tuesday, Aug. 14, 2012, at the Precht-Harrison-Nearents Chapel on Elmway in Okanogan. Interment will be at the Okanogan City Cemetery. Following the graveside service a luncheon will be held at the Okanogan Presbyterian Church to share stories and memories.
Precht-Harrison-Nearents Chapel is in care of the arrangements.