On February 1, 2009, Hank Mauel posted the following message on Usenet news group rec.music.makers.guitar.acoustic:
It is with great sadness that I write of the passing of Lance McCollum. He suffered an aortic aneurism early Sunday morning. He was rushed into emergency surgery at Auburn Faith Hospital but the damage was too massive to overcome.
Please pray for his wife Dawn and their children in this hour of need.
There will be no memorial sevice per his wishes. He will be cremated and his ashes scattered at sea over the Southern California area he surfed as a youth.
He will be greatly missed by a broad group of people, myself at the top of the list. He was a friend, mentor, musician, luthier and all around great guy.
Please direct any correspondence to my email and I will forward it to his wife, Dawn, at the appropriate time.
Lance was a devoted family man, a fearless artist, a consummate craftsman, a mad adventurer, a passionate enophile, a compelling conversationalist. His guitars added a real measure of beauty to our shared world, so we – all of humanity – are richer for his time and energy.
If you’re not familiar with Lance’s work, you can see some examples at his web site, which was designed by his daughter.
Lance was a regular at our guitar parties, and his guitars were often the stars of the event. You can find pictures of Lance, his wife Dawn, and his guitars in the picking party pages.
Lynn and I will miss Lance, and our hearts go out to Dawn and the kids.