|Lila Lee Lanning, 82, of Mesa, Arizona, passed away on March 15th, 2021 in Mesa, Arizona.
Lila was born on March 1, 1939, the youngest child of Charles and Geneva Flick in San Diego, California. Lila moved with her family in the early 1940s to the South Bay Area, California. She graduated high school from Fremont High School in Sunnyvale, California in 1956 and became a Secretary at Sunnyvale High School. She was chosen as Ms. National Guard in a local pageant in 1957. Lila and her first husband gave birth to a son Chris in March of 1960. She later remarried Curt Lanning in 1980 and their family grew to four children as Lila became a stepmother to Curt’s three children. Curt and Lila were married over 40 years.
Lila was a smart, loyal and tenacious woman. She was integral in running her and Curt’s successful thoroughbred horse racing and breeding business. In their 40-year marriage they owned and bred hundreds of horses. Lila was hands on with the ownership and they were voted California Owners of the year one year. She also supported her husband with his wholesale distribution business.
Lila had several loves and hobbies. The horses that her and her husband bred and ran were not just a business for her, they were a passion. Her favorite sport to play was golf, she always strived to be her best and to continue to grow her skills on the course. Lila was a talented seamstress; she made many of her grandchildren’s holiday dresses and suits. She adored her dogs Lily and Baxter who were like children to her. She believed in giving back to the community and enjoyed supporting the Humane Society and Wounded Warrior Project. Lila deeply loved her husband, stepchildren, grandchildren and great grandchildren.
Lila is preceded in death by her father Charles Flick, her mother, Geneva Bradley, son Chris Bortolin, and stepson Craig Lanning. She is survived by her husband, Curt Lanning; her sister, Anita Bardsley; her stepchildren Connie Holdampf (Ken) and Paul Lanning; her grandchildren Ryan Palmer (Kristina), Chelsey Lee (Ryan), and Katie Holdampf; and her great grandchildren Kale Palmer, Riley Palmer, Talon Palmer, Addyson Lee, and Emery Lee.
A celebration of life will be scheduled at a later date. Memorial contributions may be made to