Lewis E. Lantz III, 75

NOV. 23, 1936-JULY 31, 2012

September 21, 2012
  • Lantz

Lewis Edwin Lantz III, 75, also known to friends and family as Bud, died Tuesday, July 31, 2012, less than six months after being diagnosed with an aggressive brain tumor.

Born Nov. 23, 1936, in Hastings, W.Va., he was the second child of Lewis Edwin Lantz Jr. and Dorothy Owen Lantz. The family moved to Hagerstown the year after his birth, when his father accepted employment as an electrical engineer for Potomac Edison.

Bud is survived by his wife of 35 years, Judy; his two stepchildren, Paige and Greg; his stepgranddaughter, Taylor; his sister, Edwina (Albert) Carlson; his brother, Samuel (Brenda) Lantz; his nephews, Eric Carlson, Stephen Lantz and Edwin Lantz IV; and two nieces, Krista Carlson and Susan Carlson.

His brother, William, died in 2009. Bud's first marriage, to Ellen Roof, ended in divorce.

Lewis graduated from Hagerstown High School with the class of 1954.

In the late 1950s, Bud served in the U.S. Army, stationed in Bamberg, Germany, with the 2nd Recon Squadron, 7th Cavalry (George Custer's own).

He graduated in 1967 from the University of Maryland College of Engineering with a Bachelor of Science degree in civil engineering. He completed a second degree, a Bachelor of Science in business administration, from the University of Maryland University College in 1978.

Bud worked summers as a lineman for Potomac Edison before finding employment as an engineering technician with the bridge construction division of the District of Columbia Department of Highways and Traffic. He moved up through the ranks, and in 1993, he was appointed by the mayor as the official surveyor for the District of Columbia, the position he held until his retirement in 1997.

Following his retirement, he helped care for his ailing mother, and tended his beautiful garden in Silver Spring, Md., where he lived. He was also a founding member and first president of DECALS (District of Columbia Association of Land Surveyors). In addition to gardening, Bud loved to travel. In 1972, he flew around the world on a three-month, open-ended airline ticket.

Bud will be interred in the Lantz Farm cemetery, Jacksonburg, W.Va.

Gifts in Bud's name may be sent to University of Maryland, Department of Civil Engineering, Riggs Alumni Center, Fourth Floor, College Park, MD 20742.

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