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  • Blake writes:

    It is with incredible sadness that I report the passing of my husband, partner, friend and lover, Lanz Lowen. This is his obituary:

    Lanz Lowen
    February 5, 1953 – March 22, 2019

    Lanz Lowen of Oakland passed away on March 22, of complications from pneumonia. Lowen was an executive coach and organizational development consultant, and was married to Blake Spears, currently treasurer of the Board at the National AIDS Memorial Grove. Lanz and Blake had been together 43 years, after meeting at the White Horse bar in Berkeley in 1975. They were married in a ceremony in the Grove in 2013.

    Lowen was an early activist in the USCF AIDS Health Project, a supporter of AIDS Walk SF and Flagging in the Park. Blake says Lanz made a lifelong habit of giving five percent of his annual income to charities, such as Habitat for Humanity. His generosity and dry humor were known to many.

    Besides his husband, he leaves two sisters, Lucie Sabella and Laurie Lowen, both of Ft. Lauderdale, FL. Lanz is predeceased by his parents, Rex and Georgiana (Heywood). Lanz Lowen was cremated in a private ceremony. A memorial service is scheduled for 11 AM May 25 in the Grove; contact info@aidsmemorial.org for more details. Friends and family are respectfully asked to donate to either the National AIDS Memorial Grove or Habitat for Humanity in honor of Lanz Lowen’s life, so well lived.

  • When I think of Lanz I keep hearing his voice and laughter. I hope that stays with me

  • I knew Lanz from the early 90s. He was such a good person, a good friend, always open hearted, and deeply enthusiastic, no matter the state of his health. He gave to everyone, through his Spirit, his love of music. And he was sly. We’d laugh over really crude things. Someone now ripped from my life, my own flow. He was a trailblazer in so many ways, just because he didn’t turn away. A voluptuous man of heart. Here’s hoping that Blake feels that heart wrapping around him.


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