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Fr. Thomas Lane

Nov 1, 1927 - May 11, 2018
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The Rev. Thomas V. Lane, a senior priest of the Diocese of Yakima, died May 11, 2018 at the Cottage in the Meadow in Yakima. He was 90 years old. Two of his brother priests, Fr. Darell Mitchell and Fr. Ricardo Villareal, were able to be with him, and he was remembered in prayer by the priests of the Diocese still on retreat. 
 
He was born on All Saints Day, November 1, 1927, in Seattle, WA to Timothy and Helen Lane, who had emigrated from Ireland, Father Tom grew up in the Seattle area. His brother Art, who preceded him in death in 2014, was born three years later. Following high school graduation in 1945, Fr. Tom entered the U.S. Army Air Force and served for 13 months in Japan during the military occupation after WWII. He returned home and enrolled at Seattle University, where he received a BA degree in Chemical Engineering in 1951. Following graduate studies in the same field at the University of Washington, Fr. Tom worked on the Hanford Nuclear Reservation until 1958. He then enrolled in the St. Philip Neri Seminary for Delayed Vocations in Boston, and later transferred to St. Thomas Seminary in Kenmore to finish his theological studies. He earned a teaching certificate through summer studies at Seattle University. Following graduation, he was ordained at St. Paul Cathedral on May 23, 1964.
 
Father Lane taught higher mathematics at Yakima Central Catholic High School from 1964 to 1968 and served on the faculty at St. Peter Apostle Seminary in Cowiche from 1965 to 1968. To better serve the Hispanic community, he studied Spanish for 8 weeks in the fall of 1984. As an associate pastor he served at St. Pius X Parish in Quincy, St. John Parish in Naches, St. Paul Cathedral in Yakima, and Our Lady of Fatima Parish in Moses Lake. As a pastor he served at St. Peter Parish (now St. Juan Diego) in Cowiche, Holy Trinity Parish in Goldendale, and Holy Rosary Parish in Moxee. As a senior priest, he was in residence for many years at Holy Family Parish before moving to Hilcrest at Summitview Assisted Living in Yakima. As his health difficulties mounted, it was a common experience for Father Lane to encounter health care providers who would thank him for having baptized them, married them, or taught them in school.
 
Father Lane is survived by his sister-in-law, Eleanor Lane, five nieces and nephews, and many great nieces and nephews.  May he rest in peace.
 
The Vigil Service is planned for Wednesday, May 16, 2018 at 7:00PM at St Paul Cathedral.  Mass of Christian Burial will; be on Thursday, May 17, 2018 at 11:00AM, at Holy Family Parish in Yakima, followed by a Graveside Service with Military Honors at Calvary Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions are suggested to Christ The Teacher School, and sent in care of Brookside Funeral Home, (PO Box 1267, Moxee, WA 98936), who is caring for the family. To share a memory or condolence, please visit www.brooksidefhc.com.
 

 

 

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Funeral service

May 17, 2018: 11:00 AM

Holy Family Parish

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Graveside

Calvary Cemetery

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