Howard Herbert Lamb
Howard Herbert Lamb

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 close friends.

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 friend.

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.”

An 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.”

Howard 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.

He 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!

We 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.

Funeral 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.