The Arizona Republic
Joseph F. Lanser Jr.
PHOENIX – Joseph F. Lanser Jr. died peacefully in his sleep on September 23rd at the age of 97... Good Grief Charlene Brown! His long life was full: raising 7 kids, saving America from fascism [he thought forever] as a B-17 pilot, composing hundreds of songs and playing piano, painting wonderful pictures in the post-impressionist style, playing golf, tennis, racket ball, and swimming. Much of his life was spent with his beloved wife Marilyn by his side, who preceded him in death by five years. “Pops” was handsome, jovial, and talented: he loved tinkering with cars, restoring a 1932 Packard Phaeton and founding the Classic Car Club of Arizona. During his career he was a VP at his father’s Arizona Brewing Company, brewers of Lancers and A-1 beer. He ventured to California with his family in the mid-1960s where he worked in advertising sales and marketing until 1985, retiring to Sedona before finally settling in Cave Creek. Jose was a free spirit who never lost his intense curiosity about life, his pursuit of creative interests, and his outgoing charm. They don’t really make ‘em like him anymore… And more’s the pity.