Dear TASC Family, Friends and Community Members,
It is with great sadness that I share of the unfortunate news that Ken Lane, TASC’s founder and former executive director, passed away this weekend at the age of 71. Ken had low lung capacity and breathing difficulty for some time and recently developed a bad case of pneumonia.
He left us peacefully with his wife Dr. Donna Lane and son, Jonathan Lane, by his side at his home, which is where he wanted to be. He was an incredibly caring, generous, kindhearted leader and friend who wanted nothing but the best for others, especially for the individuals within the community whom we serve.
Even though he is no longer with us, his impact on our lives will always be felt. His immeasurable gift will live on through his legacy of serving others and through the effect he has had on all of us. His incredible vision, leadership and dedication has been an inspiration to thousands. It will be the guiding star that we will always strive to follow.
TASC was one of Ken’s greatest achievements. He created the organization 34-years ago after he was encouraged by others to open a program of his own to provide services to individuals with developmental disabilities. Ken’s natural warmth and caring-style has been his trademark in his work at TASC.
Ken retired as executive director on January 1, 2021. He enjoyed every moment of his retirement with his wife Dr. Donna Lane by his side. He especially enjoyed sitting in his garden listening to music (Bob Dylan, The Beatles and Frank Sinatra’s “Witchcraft” were amongst his favorites), or having a meaningful conversation with his family, friends and TASC members over Zoom.
With TASC being his “baby” as he would fondly say, he was still very actively involved in aspects of the organization. He enjoyed being able to “ask the questions” about TASC, rather than being the one to answer them.
Ken was so grateful to people who invested their involvement and care for TASC, no matter how large or small. Since you’re reading this announcement, that includes you too. He wishes that he could have said goodbye to everyone, but is able to rest in peace knowing his legacy and memories will continue.
Information on his memorial service will be provided at a later time. Condolences for Ken’s family can be sent to the TASC office for delivery to them (16600 Sherman Way, Suite 240, Lake Balboa, CA 91406). Since the clients supported by TASC’s services were so dear to Ken’s heart, Dr. Donna Lane has created a memorial fund in his name to support TASC’s critical services. Donations in Ken’s memory can be made by going to: https://tinyurl.com/LaneMemorialFund
While this is such a difficult time for all of us, Ken is eternally smiling and happy to rest at peace.
The Adult Skills Center (TASC)