Malcolm Eugene “Shorty” Lane, age 68, passed away on Monday, March 1, 2021, in Ocala, Florida.
Malcolm was born on October 15, 1952, at Tyndall Air Force Base, where the family lived in the Millville area of Panama City. He attended Millville Elementary School, Everitt Junior High School and was a member of the Rutherford Senior High class of 1970. He was a life-long fan of the New York Giants and Yankees and the Florida State University Seminoles.
He was preceded in death by his parents, William Eugene “Bill” and Janie Louise (West) Lane and a sister, Carolyn Jean (Lane) Taylor. He is survived by his devoted wife of 48 years, Karin Ann (Waters) Lane, having been married on April 13, 1973, a son, U.S. Navy Chief Petty Officer Stephen Paul (Caroline) Lane of Orlando, FL., a daughter, Stephanie Marie (Lane) Latner, of Ocala, FL., six grandchildren, U.S. Air Force Airman Exavier Martinez, Dominick Lane, Julia Ann Latner, Xiani Lane, Josiah Anthony Lane, Liam Michael Lane, and a great-grandson, Kai Anthony Martinez, a sister, Barbara Faye (Lane) Ford, of Panama City, FL., and two brothers, Harry Ray (Debbie) Lane, of Hattiesburg, Mississippi, and William Craig Lane, of Panama City, FL., and aunts and uncles and many cousins, nieces and nephews far too numerous to list here.
Malcolm served his nation with honor and distinction and was a disabled combat-veteran serving for four years with the U.S. Marine Corps, rising to the rank of Corporal, and four years with the U.S. Army, rising to the rank of Specialist-Five. He served his communities as a deputy sheriff with the Bay County, Florida, Sheriff’s Department and with the Orange County, New York, Sheriff’s Department, and then served with the Federal Bureau of Prisons for over twenty years, serving at Otisville, New York, Mariana, Tyndall Air Force Base, Coleman and Florence, Colorado, rising to the rank of Lieutenant before retiring.
A Memorial Service with Military Honors for Malcolm will be held at 2:00pm on Saturday March 13, 2021 at Baldwin Brothers Funeral Home, 954 East Silver Springs Blvd. Ocala, Florida 34470 followed by cremation and his ashes will be scattered at the Blue Springs area of Panama City, Florida.