Services: At 2 p.m. today, a memorial service will be held at the Bell Ranch Hacienda.
Jeffrey Phelps Lane, 57, died in a single-engine airplane crash on Wednesday, Aug. 15, 2007.
Mr. Lane is survived by his wife, Janet and their children, Travis (Kari), Sarah and Brandon. He was also a grandfather to Torin, 3, Macie, 1 and Mason, 1.
Mr. Lane was born in Lake Forest, Ill. He grew up in Libertyville, Ill., until he was age 8. And from the age 8 to 13 he resided in Lake Forest, Ill. At the age 13 he attended Kents Hill School, Kents Hills, Maine, and graduated in 1969. He attended Colorado State University in Ft. Collins, Colo., where he majored in Agriculture Business. He graduated from Colorado State in 1974 and began working full-time at the Bell Ranch, where he has been employed since. Initially involved in the Bell’s registered herd, Jeff became involved in strategic issues impacting the ranch. As president of the Bell’s Ranch, he led the ranch’s efforts to develop a new breed of cattle and encouraged a much greater focus on wildlife and water management.
He was the first and foremost a family man with a deep devotion to his wife, Janet of 33 years and their three children, his family said. Mr. Lane had a passion for the west and a love for the Bell Ranch where he had lived for over 30 years.
He raised all of his three children on the Bell Ranch and was very active in the ranching community in New Mexico. He also personified the cowboy way of life and encouraged his children to actively participate in rodeo and ranch activities.
Besides his significant focus on Bell Ranch activities, he was active in both Lane Family and other businesses. He was a director of several banks owned by the Lane Family as well as a bank in New Mexico. He also sat on the boards of GBC, a public company and of Lane Industries.
Mr. Lane also hosted the annual Trail Ride at the Bell Ranch which was a celebration of the cowboy life and was attended by both real and aspiring cowboys. He was a sportsman, with a passion for outdoor activities, a skilled skier and avid tennis player. He was an accomplished pilot and greatly enjoyed flying and airplanes.
In lieu of flowers, the family has requested that a donation be made in memory of Jeffrey Lane to the New Mexico Boys and Girls Ranches, 6209 Hendrix Road NE , 2 FL, Albuquerque, NM 87110.
Arrangements are by Rogers Mortuary, Las Vegas, N.M.