Obituary: Wells Lane |

Obituary: Wells Lane

Services for Wells “Rocky” Lane of Grass Valley will be conducted at 11 a.m. March 2 at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church in Grass Valley. Burial will be at the Greenwood Gardens Cemetery in Grass Valley.

Mr. Lane died Monday, Feb. 18, at home. He was 63.

He was born Jan. 23, 1939, in Bridgeport, Conn., to Wells F. and Jennie Lane. He served in the U.S. Navy from 1957 to 1961. He received a bachelor of arts degree from the University of San Francisco. He married Loydyne on March 4, 1962, in Palo Alto.

He began his career as a patrolman in the Belmont Police Department. In 1970, he moved to Pleasant Hill to become one of the first officers of its newly formed police department.

He was in the detective bureau from 1973 to 1977 and promoted to sergeant in 1978. He served as a training manager, field training officer and reserves coordinator. He retired in 1990 after 25 years of service, but continued to work as the Tac officer at the Los Medanos Police Academy and served a one-year term on the grand jury.

He was a member of the Peace Officers Research Association, the California Association of Police Training Officers and the State Pistol Club. He enjoyed collecting corkscrews, gardening and birding.

He is survived by his wife, Loydyne Lane of Nevada City; daughter and son-in-law, Debra and Ken Gutierrez of Grass Valley; daughter Melissa Lane of Grass Valley; brothers Harold Lane of Buffalo, N.Y., and Walter Lane of Middleberry, Pa.; sister, Pauline Rail of Tunkhannock, Pa.; and grandchildren Tiffany and Austin Lane-Napierski, both of Grass Valley.

Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of the Foothills or the American Cancer Society.

Arrangements are under the direction of Hond numerous stepchildren and stepgrandchildren.

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