December 13, 1940 ~ January 26, 2019

Born in: Lenapah, OK
Resided in: Denver, CO

George Houston William Lane was born on December 13, 1940, to Albert Ellis and Dorothy Lane, in Lenapah, Oklahoma.  He was second of three children born to in the family.  George grew up in a loving home with his two sisters, Cindy and Carolyn.

The family moved to Denver, Colorado where he attended Morey Jr. High School, Manual High School, Denver, and Colorado State University, Fort Collins, Colorado.

George met the beautiful Judy Stallings in Kansas City, Kansas.  They were married in October of 1962.  Three children were born to this union, Victoria, Victor, and Monica.  Victor has fond memories of going with his father every Saturday morning to help a family member with yard work, fixing a car or whatever was needed. Vicky remembers her father as a quiet man, who had an honest air about him. George had a great sense of humor and once purchased a record titled “My Wife Can’t Cook” because his new bride couldn’t cook.  He was a family man who was always there when needed. After 20 years, the marriage ended in divorce in 1982.

The Denver Post hired George in 1966, on a part-time basis.  He covered a wide variety of assignments.  After completing a Columbia University program for minority journalists in 1969, the Post hired him as a Reporter.

Some of his noted assignments include the siege and occupation of Wounded Knee on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in South Dakota in 1973.  He also covered the 1983, Ross Michael Carlson murder case in Douglas County and the federal trial, in Denver, of Timothy McVeigh, in the 1995 Oklahoma City bombing.   He was among Denver Post staff recognized with the 2000 Pulitzer Prize for their breaking news reporting on the 1999 Columbine shootings.

In the 1970s, Lane covered “minority affairs” for the Post.  He wrote about school busing in Denver, student protests and school walkouts.  He covered government and various court and law changes including the advent of gambling in Central City, Black Hawk, and Cripple Creek.  No matter the subject he was known for his accurate, concise and fair reporting.

George was well respected and to his colleagues, he was “The Judge”.  He was a gentleman, known to be calm and cool under pressure.  He knew his job and he did it with a flare of excellence.  He developed friendships and relationships with people from all walks of life.  He enjoyed jazz, a glass of fine scotch, good food, the Denver Broncos, family and friends.  He was always willing and ready to offer a helping hand to those in need. He was the type of man who was never knew a stranger.  He had many friends and too many to name individually.  He will be missed by all who were fortunate enough to have known this kind and wonderful man.  To know George was to love him.

He is preceded in death by his parents, Dorothy L. Hoskins-Payne, and Albert Ellis; and a sister, Cindy Daniels.

George Houston William Lane departed this life on January 26, 2019, in Denver, Colorado.  Those left to cherish his memory is his children, Victor D. Lane of Denver, Colorado; 2 daughters,  Victoria D. (Timothy) Lane-Brown of Lakewood, Colorado, and Monica D. Lane of Denver Colorado; 1 sister, Carolyn  (Paul) Underwood-Conley of Rancho Dominquez, California; his devoted niece, Gayle L. Cummings of Aurora, Colorado; 12 grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren, devoted friend, Emma Orr, a host of other relatives and many beloved friends.

George Lane, longtime reporter for The Denver Post known to colleagues as “The Judge,” dies at age 78

 

Services

Visitation: February 6, 2019 4:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Pipkin Braswell Chapel of Peace
6601 Colfax Avenue
Denver, CO 80220

(303) 996-0869

Celebration of Life: February 7, 2019 11:00 am

King Baptist Church
3301 Ivy Street
Denver, CO 80207


Interment: February 7, 2019 2:00 pm

Fairmount Cemetery
430 South Quebec Street
Denver, CO 80231


Reception: February 7, 2019 3:00 pm

King Baptist Church
3301 Ivy Street
Denver, CO 80207


Room: Fellowship Hall

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  1. To the Family and Friends of : Gerorge Houston Lane

    Please allow me to express my condolences for the loss of your dear loved one. The pain and sorrow experienced during this difficult time can be overwhelming. However, I am often comforted by the words found in God’s word, the Bible. For instance, when grieving the loss of his dear friend Lazarus, the Bible reports that “Jesus gave way to tears.” (John 11:35). What is even more comforting is the fact that Jesus resurrected Lazarus from the dead, and so like Mary and Martha, Lazarus’ sisters, the Bible expresses the hope of the resurrection whereby we may see our loved ones again. (Read John 11:38-44; 5:28, 29). What a marvelous hope.

    May Jehovah God grant you peace during this time and provide comfort for you and your loved ones.

    Sincerely,
    Jeanine Williams

  2. We had some fun times, and some frightening times back in the early 1970s together at the Post. I enjoyed coming over to the house to play pool and to do a bit of sipping and story telling. George was a fine man and an honest reporter through and through. Among my regrets was that once I left Denver I lost touch with a whole bunch of old friends, George Lane among them. Thought of them, and of George, many times over the years. My condolences to his family.

    John G. White

  3. George sat directly across from me at the Denver Post for years. He was an honest man and a skilled reporter. He was particularly adroit at writing court stories. He didn’t get mired in meaningless detail but went straight to the heart of the matter. He was a great friend to have when the chips were down because he knew not to take life too seriously. I’ll miss him.

  4. May you Rest In Peace, George. We thank you for all you did to support our Mom Delilah Adams and her sister Emma Orr.

    Dan & Ellen Adams

  5. We were friends since 1968 I could not have asked for a better brother you were my friend in The Good The Bad and The Ugly I will miss you my brother love always Aaron L Sims

  6. I was sadden to learn of George’s passing. I will always remember his kindness and the many conversations we had over the years about growing up in Denver and our memories of Manual High School..George was a gifted writer. Rest in Heaven.

  7. To my cousins and the friends of George Houston Lane, my family and I send you our condolences and love in your time of sorrow. Houston was a beautiful person and will be missed. Although he is gone from sight, he will always remain in our hearts. Blessings to you all.
    Patricia Lane-Smith

  8. Malee, Malachia & Malinda Craft said:
    To Our Family, You had an extrodinary brother, dad, uncle, grandfather and great-grandfather. For us, George was smart with a big heart, and in our eyes, a famous cousin. George will be missed, but not forgotten. God bless.

  9. To the Family,

    I am so proud of my nephew and his many, many accomplishments. George embraced me with open arms, eventhough we did not connect until he was a grown man with a family. I will cherish the memories. God bless you all in all your future endeavors.
    Love…….Uncle Red

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