Mathew P. Lanza

Mathew P. LanzaMathew Peter Lanza (Dec. 7, 1922-Oct. 9, 2018) went home to be with his Lord and Savior at the age of 95 in Wofford Heights.

The youngest and last to survive of 10 children, he was born in Cleveland, Ohio, to Santa Maria Loiacono of Palermo, Sicily, and Emmanuele Lanza of Trapani, Sicily, Italy. Matt moved to Southern California with his family in the 1930s and later served meritoriously as a petty officer first class in the U.S. Navy in the South Pacific during WWII as a machinist’s mate from March 1943 through April 1946.

He graduated from the University of Southern California in 1948 with a bachelor’s degree in marketing and worked as a draftsman, machinist and later as a systems analyst designing guidance systems for the Minuteman missiles in the 1960s at Autonetics, which later became Rockwell International.

He was also a real estate broker and investor and an entrepreneur, at one time owning and running a Christmas tree farm in Pedley, Calif.

Matt is survived by J. Evelyn (See) Lanza, the mother of his children; their seven children, Joan, Joseph, Mary, Michael, Timothy, Theresa and David; 19 grandchildren; and 22 great-grandchildren, with whom he shared his strong sense of patriotism, incredible work ethic, thirst for knowledge and a deep faith in God.

Services were held in Lake Isabella.

Interment will be at Bakersfield National Cemetery.

— Submitted by the family of Mathew Lanza

Story First Published: 2018-10-26