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Billy M. Lantz

Services for Billy M. Lantz, 27, of Glendale, who died on Sunday, Oct. 22, 2006, will be held at 2 o’clock this afternoon (Oct. 27) at the Hunt Park Softball Field in Holbrook.

He was born in Pheonix and raised in Holbrook. He graduated from Holbrook High School in 1997.

Billy loved all sports, especially softball. He was No. 6 on the Beer 30 team, playing at Pinnacle Peak.

He was the most giving, caring, loving person in the world. He always put his family and friends before all others. He was close to and loved all his family, especially his nephews and nieces.

Billy is missed and loved by all. He has touched so many lives and hearts, and his memory will live forever with all of us.

Survivors include his mom and dad, Van and Moe Serna; six brothers, Steve Lantz, Jesse Serna, Ricky Davis, Pat Serna, Cody Candelaria and Angel Candelaria; one sister, Marci Perry; three sisters-in-law, April Lantz, Melissa Serna and Tamika Serna; seven nephews, Jeremiah Perry, Robert Perry, Alexander Candelaria, Derek Serna, Isaac Serna, Ricky Davis, and Anthony Davis; and four nieces, Amanda Lantz, Jennifer Serna, Lexi Serna and Elizabeth Perry.

He was preceded in death by his beloved cousin, Dana Zoe Nobles. 

Two serious accidents 10 hours apart at the same intersection resulted in one death and numerous injuries.
At 3:51 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 21, Coolidge police responded to a report of a two-vehicle accident at the intersection of Coolidge Avenue and Attaway Road. According to police, a 1998 GMC half-ton pickup truck driven by Raul Alatorre, 18, of Chandler was northbound on Attaway Road. Alatorre reportedly ran the stop sign at the intersection with Coolidge Avenue, and the pickup collided with a 2001 Dodge four-door sedan driven by Bertha Llamas, 52, of Coolidge. Llamas was driving on Coolidge Avenue, although the report did not indicate which direction she was traveling.

The pickup truck rolled, ending up on its roof in an irrigation canal. A Southwest Ambulance crew responded and transported the injured victims of the crash to Casa Grande Regional Medical Center. The report did not specify which individuals were injured or the extent of injuries. The accident is still under investigation.

Ten hours later at 1:56 a.m. on Oct. 22, police responded to a report of another rollover accident at the same intersection. A 2002 Ford Focus containing William Lantz, 27, of Glendale and Anthony Johnson, 20, of Florence was headed southbound on Attaway Road and approaching Coolidge Avenue. According to police reports, the vehicle ran the stop sign at a high rate of speed, then careened out of control, resulting in multiple rollovers.

Both Lantz and Johnson were ejected from the vehicle. Lantz died as a result of injuries sustained in the accident. Johnson was treated by a Southwest Ambulance crew, then airlifted to Scottsdale Osborn Medical Center. Lt. Greg Shepherd of the Coolidge Police Department said investigators are still trying to determine who was driving the vehicle.

The accident remains under investigation.

The biggest heart a man could have!  
If anybody learned anything from Billy is that his heart was as big as this Earth and beyond!!! I love you son!!!
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