Lance Pugh, 61, passed away at home in Ashland, surrounded by his loved ones on Sunday, May 23, 2010. He was born on December 27, 1948, in South Weymouth, Mass., to George and Marie Pugh. When he was five, his family moved to San Diego where he spent a happy childhood.
Lance graduated from the University of California Los Angeles with a degree in Latin American studies. On a fateful blind date there he met Annette, and they married on July 20, 1968. After graduating, Lance and Annette both worked as buyers for the May Company department stores until a huge earthquake shook them out of Los Angeles.
They landed in Ashland in 1971 and began to grow strong roots into the community. Their first project was to convert an old storefront on the Plaza into Lithia Grocery Restaurant, where good food, fun, and friends could always be found. Lance went on to become a historic building renovator, planning commissioner, network consultant, computer repairman, author, television documentary producer, travel writer, humor columnist, private investigator, boulevardier and raconteur. Lance was also the proprietor of the world's smallest hot dog restaurant and Oregon's first mobile hot tub, Wetward Ho.
Lance leaves behind his mother, Marie; sister, Donna; wife, Annette; and his loyal dog, Spooky.
There will be a celebration of his life at the Havurah Synagogue at 185 North Mountain Street at 4:00 p.m., on Friday, May 28, 2010.