Howard Herbert Lamb’s life ended on Aug. 2, 2014, while in the loving
presence of his wife, Angela, his granddaughter, Marianne, and two very
His brave decision to remain at home in Austin
provided him comfort and the dignity to manage his declining health and
failing heart condition. Calm, serene, and secure in his faith, Howard
has gone on to be with his God in heaven. His care and soul are now in
God’s hands. Howard will be missed immensely by his wife and soul mate,
Angela Lamb, who has lost not only a loving husband, but her best
Born on June 7, 1927, in Fort Jennings, Ohio, to Carl and
Beatrice Lamb, Howard spent his childhood living in Van Wert, Ohio, with
his sisters Pearl, Ellen, and Edna. Howard then went on to serve three
years in the WWII European Theater with the 18th Infantry Regiment,
including service at the Battle of the Bulge and received the Victory
Medal. After his honorable discharge, Howard attended Miami (OH)
University and graduated from The Ohio State University.
Well read, Howard continued a lifelong interest in and a passion for
American and world history, politics, political leaders and current
events. He was never without a book or the daily newspaper on the floor
by his chair. He loved the WSJ and Friday crosswords, always completing
them in erasable pen because “even he made mistakes… sometimes.”
avid golfer, Howard played the most famous courses worldwide. He made
sure to teach his grandsons how to drive both the ball and the cart, and
during his last days was able to recall each hole. In addition to
golfing, he also loved baseball. A Cubs fan, the “Eternal Optimist,”
every year he claimed there would “always be next season.”
had a special gift, an affinity for all types of animals. He delighted
in the activities of hummingbirds outside his window, drawn to the extra
large feeder. He would even leave food for the squirrels on the back
porch, much to the consternation of their dog, Chloe. Howard was blessed
with many friends and colleagues throughout the country.
achieved notable success, position and respect in his lifelong career in
the insurance industry, including 35 years in the medical professional
liability insurance industry. Howard began his career at Allstate
Insurance Company, rising to President and CEO of Service Review Inc.,
an Allstate subsidiary. He then joined Montgomery Ward Insurance Group
as the President and CEO. Most recently, Howard’s achievements included
the founding of two medical professional liability insurance companies,
Advocate, MD of the Southwest and Medicus Insurance Company, both based
in Austin, Texas.
Prior to relocating to Austin, Howard served as
President and CEO of several companies: Alistar Insurance Company of
Fresno, California; The Doctors Company of Napa, California; and Founder
and CEO of MAG Mutual Insurance Company.
In addition to his
successful professional career, Howard fostered a very fulfilling
personal life. He is survived by many family, friends, colleagues, and
loved ones. Howard’s children include Christopher Lamb and Anthony Lamb
of Chico, California; Diane Lamb (deceased), Deanna Meyer of Los Gatos,
California; and Teri Ann Thompson of Aurora, Colorado. His grandchildren
are Ryan Lamb, Jimmy Lamb, Sean Lamb, Diana Lamb, Marianne Meyer, Ryan
Meyer, Suzanne Meyer, Chelsie Thompson, and Kaitlyn Thompson. And most
recently, his beautiful great-granddaughters, Sophia Lamb and Giana
Lamb. And let’s not forget his beloved four-legged companion, Chloe!
love you, Papa and are happy that you are finally at peace. We will
carry you with us in our hearts forever and will never forget all that
you shared with us.
Visitation will be held at Darling Fischer Chapel of the Hills in Los Gatos, California, on Thursday, Aug. 7 at 5 p.m.
Mass will be held at St. Mary of the Immaculate Conception in Los
Gatos, California, on Friday, Aug. 8 at 10 a.m. followed by the burial
at Santa Clara Mission Cemetery.