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Lance Romero

a 20-year resident of Big Bear, passed away on June 9, 2013, in Rancho Mirage, Calif. He had been ill for quite sometime, but most recently with cancer. His memorial service was held at Forest Lawn Hollywood Hills on June 17. His service was officiated by Pastor Fred Snider, former pastor of the Baptist Church of Big Bear Lake, and longtime pastor to the Romero family.

Lance and his wife, Christy, have two sons in the military, and they, along with Army and Los Angeles Police Department Honor Guards, conducted the Flag Presentations to the family.

Lance was born in Los Angeles on Feb. 12, 1944. He believed in serving, and as a young man, served his country in the Army, then served his community with 30 years as a policeman with the Los Angeles Police Department. Lance retired as a lieutenant, and the years he spent with the department were the best of his life.

Lance received a Commendation from the city of Los Angeles, for Service Above and Beyond the Call of Duty in saving the life of a pregnant woman from a burning home.

He was a young policeman during the Black Panther crisis, worked the SLA shootout, the riots that resulted from the Rodney King ver-dict, as well as countless other moments in L.A.'s history. His career of 30 years would have made an amazing story.

As a young man he had many interests. He received his pilots license, was involved in martial arts, and even went to school at night to work on a law degree.

Lance was working Hollywood Division in 1971 when he met his future wife Christy. She worked at KMPC radio at the time, and after work one night, her car broke down outside the studio. He came to her rescue that night, and has been rescuing her ever since!

They were married at the Church of the Hills, at the Forest Lawn Hollywood Hills, on April 20, 1974. This is a beautiful reproduction of Henry Wadsworth Longfellow's church, and is the same church where Lance's memorial was held.

Lance and Christy had five children, and lived in the San Fernando Valley for many years. When the children were getting a little older, Lance was concerned about the day when they would be teenagers and driving around, and worried about their safety growing up in the Valley. With five more years left on the department, he moved his young family up to Big Bear Lake where he felt the quality of life would be so much better.

His family absolutely thrived, his wife Christy became a Real Estate Agent, and still is, for RE/MAX Big Bear, but that meant five years of driving everyday to the San Fernando Valley for Lance. He did it, and never once complained. He said it was the greatest move ever, no regrets.

When Lance retired from the LAPD, it didn't take him long to realize that he was too young to spend the rest of his life feeding the squirrels. He went to work for the Department of Social Services for the State of California as a background check investigator, and absolutely loved it. He felt that the work they do is so important, and as he said, a man has to have a reason to wake up every morning. He worked for the state until he drew his last breath. He has been the finest example of a man, a husband, but most especially, of everything that a father should be, to his family, but also to everyone lucky enough to see him in action. He knew that his children would be his greatest legacy, and he took that very seriously. As all of his children mentioned at his memorial, his shoes will be impossible to fill.

Our hearts ache for him, and we will love, miss, and need him everyday for the rest of our lives. Thankfully, a Dad's hugs last long after he lets go...

Lance is survived by his wife Christy, their children Kayci, Ryan, Kurt, Scott and Jeff. He also leaves his precious grandchildren, Ashleigh and Jonathan Jones of Cherry Valley, his sister Vija Kelly of North Hollywood, niece Miya Meyer of Lancaster, in-laws Patricia and Curt Dills, and Dana Tichenor also of Big Bear, and aunts and cousins throughout California.


"Big Bear Grizzly" Posted: Wednesday, July 24, 2013 11:10 am
Submitted by: Peggy Hooper