Edward Howard Lash, a former engineer for the City of Santa Monica, died Wednesday, December 22nd, in Thousand Oaks. He was 77 years old.

He was born November 29th, 1927, in Coffeyville, Kansas.

After serving in the Army during World War II and the Korean War, he moved west to become a musician and civil engineer.

He had an engineering degree from Wichita State University in Kansas.

He worked for the City of Santa Monica from 1963 to 1988 as a draftsman and later as manager of the city’s water, cemetery and sewer departments.

No funeral services were held because he wanted to be cremated and his ashes thrown into the winds over Oahu, Hawaii.

Donations can be made in his name to the Thousand Oaks Health Care Center.

He is survived by his wife Marlene, son Greg, sister Lavon Bohannon and six grandchildren. His daughter Michelle died in 1972 and his son Steven died in 2003.