Wayne’s courageous battle with ALS ended 11/19/2022 at the age of 66. Wayne was born in New York to Dolores and Oswald Lenhard. He is survived by Mary, his wife of 41 years, his brothers, Doug (Pat) and Craig (London), his sister Terri (Billy) and nephews and nieces. After graduating from high school he served 6 years in the Navy. Upon leaving the Navy, Wayne worked as a Field Technician for Raytheon at Grumman in Long Island, NY.
Wayne and Mary met and married in New York in 1981 and moved to Santa Barbara two years later. They enjoyed camping and hiking at many National Parks and Zion was Wayne’s favorite. At Yosemite Wayne hiked Half Dome “And made it to the top” !!!! Wayne loved competition; racquetball, table tennis, half marathons, triathlons, 3-mile swims, and bike races were the sports he enjoyed the most. Determination and perseverance describe Wayne’s attitude in life. Wayne completed the world’s toughest half marathon “Pier to Peak” three times. Always looking for more challenges, Wayne trained and competed in sprint and Olympic triathlons as well as a 75-mile fundraiser bike ride.
Another challenge he undertook was Toastmasters. Through this work he grew personally; from being afraid to speak in a group to being in contests in front of 50 people. He was known for his jokes and tall tale stories.
At home, Wayne’s woodworking hobby developed into a business, Cathedral Peak, and he was passionate about creating high-quality furniture that was admired for it’s beauty and craftsmanship.
Wayne will be remembered by those who knew him well for his quick wit , humor and sarcasm.
A funeral mass and celebration of life were held at Holy Cross Catholic Church and Leadbetter Beach on Monday, December 5th for family and friends, with another celebration of life to be held in New York in February, 2023.
Donations in memory of Wayne Lenhard may be made to:
• ALS Association Golden West Chapter
P.O. Box 7082
Woodland Hills, CA 91365
• Sansum Clinic – Palliative Care
scroll to “I would like my gift to support:” and check Palliative Care box
• Holy Cross Catholic Church
1740 Cliff Drive
Santa Barbara, CA 9310