Edward William (Bill) Lazell, our beloved father and grandfather, passed away on December 14, 2020 at the age of 97, of natural causes. We take great comfort in knowing he was reunited with his wife Adair, on what would have been the day of their 74th wedding anniversary.
Born in Denver on July 8, 1923, Bill's family moved first to Michigan and then to Northport, Long Island in New York. He graduated high school in Northport and attended William and Mary, where he was a member of SAE Fraternity. Bill joined the Naval Reserve V-12 Program shortly after the Pearl Harbor attack, and was called up in 1943. Because of a life-threatening ear infection, Bill was required to have a medical discharge.
He received an operation on his ear that saved his life, but
disqualified him from serving in WWII, which he always found disappointing.
Bill and Adair met while working at Republic Aviation on Long Island, and were married in 1946. Together, they transferred to the University of Colorado, where Bill studied Civil Engineering. Bill and Adair graduated in 1948 and Bill accepted a job at North American Aviation in Los Angeles. They moved to Manhattan Beach, CA where they raised their son, Bill, and daughter, Nancy. Bill joined Grumman Aircraft and was in a group that worked on the compatibility of fighter jets with Navy aircraft carriers, including the design of the landing hooks. Bill enjoyed his work, which gave him the opportunity to go aboard carriers for a few weeks at a time in order to observe operations, and translate this experience into aircraft design requirements. Bill later joined Douglas Aircraft where he worked on the compatibility of aircraft with airports of the world. This job gave Adair and him the opportunity to take some trips to Europe.
Bill retired in 1993.
Bill enjoyed golf and organized the Golf League at Douglas Aircraft for many years. He collected books and art work by western artists, primarily those of Charles M. Russell. He was a devout member of St. Andrew's Presbyterian Church for over 60 years, where he served as a deacon, and was co-leader of the Sack Lunch and Clothing Program for the Homeless and families in need for
17 years, retiring in 2012.
In retirement, Bill and Adair enjoyed traveling, and visited Europe, Turkey, Alaska, as well as taking many trips to the U.S. South West. He enjoyed golfing and playing bridge with friends and hosting gatherings at their home. He wasn't a big talker, but showed his love and caring with his actions, helping family and friends by using his practical problem-solving skills to find solutions to their troubles.
Bill was preceded in death by his wife, Adair and leaves behind his loving son Bill Lazell of
Novato, CA, daughter Nancy (Jim) of Hermosa Beach, CA, granddaughter Kathryn Lazell, Boston, MA and grandson Kevin Mauge of Hermosa Beach, CA, a s well as nieces and nephews Roger Ketchum, Dale Graves, Kathy Wickowitz, Susan (Bob) McCarthy and Patty (Tom) Burch, all of New York.
We would like to thank Belmont Village in Rancho Palos Verdes, Monica, and all there who helped care for Bill, as well as Jane at Torrance Memorial Hospice. They are truly heroes.
Due to the pandemic, a memorial service will be scheduled at a later date.
Published in The Beach Reporter on Jan. 28, 2021.