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John “Big John” Lanham

1942 - 2020
Wednesday, January 29, 2020
John “Big John” Lanham

John “Big John” Lanham died peacefully at home in Azle, on Jan. 25, 2020 at the age of 77, surrounded by his family.

A celebration of Big John’s life is scheduled for Saturday, Feb. 15 from 1 to 4 p.m. at his home in Azle at 398 Chapparrals Run, (come and go/ please bring a lawn chair). All are welcome to attend and celebrate John’s life with his adoring family.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to COPD Foundation, Azle Animal Shelter, Air Force Aid Society, or Asian Family Support Services of Austin.

Condolences can be sent to Janis at their home.

The family would like to thank the members of Azle Church of Christ and VITAS Hospice team for their company, compassion, and kind care.

John was born on Feb. 27, 1942 in Dallas, Texas to Otto and Loraine Priddy Lanham. He attended Longview High School and then Kilgore Junior College, where he met Janis, who became his wife of 59 years. They were married in 1961; their first daughter, Donya, was born in 1962 in Mt. Pleasant, Texas. The family moved weeks after Donya’s birth to Dallas and lived on Greenville Ave. It was around this time that he gave up drag racing fast cars that he built with friends. John repaired bowling lanes at Bronco Bowl and then later at Southern Methodist University. He graduated from SMU on the staff free/ reduced tuition plan in 1968 with a B.S. in mechanical engineering and earned his M.S. from SMU in 1974, also in mechanical engineering.

John’s career in the semiconductor industry launched with Texas Instruments in Dallas but took him, Janis, and his daughters around the world for 30 years. He represented Texas while living in Taipei, Taiwan (where they adopted Darlene and where Deana was born); El Porto, Portugal; Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia; Seoul, Korea; British colonial Hong Kong; and Manila, Philippines. He received numerous accolades and awards for leadership and product quality while working at AmKor/Anam, Hanna, and Swire Technologies, including the Hong Kong Governor’s Award for Industry, presented to him and his team by Governor Chris Patten of Hong Kong. He was close friends with a number of colleagues, sharing holidays and family time together in countries around the world.

John was a talented storyteller and armchair philosopher who, despite his claims that he loved his dogs better than any people, came larger than life when holding court and telling stories of his youth and life lessons. There was no man more well-read or more informed about history, science, technology, and geopolitical policy than John.

His passion and sharp intelligence were often delivered with humility of, “Well, I’m just a simple guy who wouldn’t know anything about that, but <insert brilliant insight here>.” He loved to sing, especially country and folk music; he sang to his family while making Sunday pancake breakfast, sang songs of inspiration and togetherness to hundreds of his colleagues at company parties all over the globe; and sang to his wife, daughters, and grandchildren at home through all the occasions of daily life.

John was the World’s Greatest Dad, the World’s Greatest Husband, and proud #1 Dallas Cowboys fan.

He is preceded in death by his parents, Otto and Loraine Priddy Lanham of Longview, Texas; and sister, Lady Ann Jameson and her husband Jay of Garland, Texas.

John is survived by his wife, Janis Lanham; daughters, Donya Lanham-Wright of Azle, Texas; Darlene Lanham and her partner Randal Kuykendall of Austin, Texas; and Deana Domingeuz and her husband David of San Angelo, Texas; granddaughter Jenna Daubenspeck and her husband Derek of Cedar Park, Texas; grandson Josh Wright of Denton, Texas; step-grandchildren Josh Hall of Oklahoma City, OK, Matthew Kuykendall and his partner Alicia Perez of Austin, Texas, Alyssa Kuykendall of Austin, Texas; grandsons John Domingeuz (named after Big John), and James Dominguez of San Angelo, Texas; great granddaughter Eisley Daubenspeck and step-great grandson Everett Kuykendall; nieces Cassi Jameson Anderson and her partner Travis of Mt. Pleasant, Texas, Becki Jameson Guerra and her husband Albert of Garland, Texas, and Karen Jameson King and her husband Jim of Garland, Texas; great nieces and nephews Geremy Anderson, Natalie Anderson, David Guerra, Elise Guerra, Katie King, and Jay King, and many other great-great nieces and nephews; and close family friend who helped with his daily care, Josie Wells.

The Azle News,

Jan. 29, 2020 Edition