William Lynn Borland, a resident of Pacific Palisades since 1975, passed away peacefully at his home on October 31.
He was born in Longview, Washington, on April 22, 1942. After attending elementary and middle schools in the area, his family moved to California where Lynn graduated from South Fork High School in 1961.
Following graduation, he returned to Longview and attended Lower Columbia College where he met his wife, Vicki. They married in college and moved to Seattle where he received his degree in marketing from the University of Washington in 1966.
Lynn became a lifelong Husky football fan, eventually writing a book detailing the amazing, early 1900’s winning streak of Coach Gilmour Dobie. After graduating from UW, Lynn began work in the field of real estate and continued in various related jobs until retiring several years ago.
Nothing meant more to Lynn than his family. He was a loving husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather. Over the years, Lynn and Vicki welcomed three daughters to the family, Laurie, Christine and Angie; four granddaughters, Devin, Jenna, Quinn and Caroline; and a great-grandson, Aidan. A very long wait for a little boy and Lynn enjoyed a wonderful two years with him. In September a great-granddaughter, Alexia, was born.
Lynn began running in 1978 and developed a passion for the sport that continued for the rest of his life. He soon became a member of the Palisades Ridge Runners and volunteered for many years with them at the July 4th Will Rogers Run.
Lynn ran over 50 marathons, including the Boston Marathon in 2017 for his 75th birthday. On October 21 of this year, he ran in the LA Cancer Challenge 5K run, placing first in his age category.
He felt very blessed to be able to continue doing something he loved so much with people he thought of as family. He never tired of his early morning runs with friends to Will Rogers Inspiration Point. When Lynn wasn’t running he was attending a local 6 a.m. yoga class with friends.
Lynn had numerous interests and loved to share his knowledge and experiences with others. While his interests were far too many to mention here, among them he was an active, long-time member of Community United Methodist Church, had been to the top of Mt. Whitney seven times and hiked the Grand Canyon rim-to-rim in one day. He loved to travel and enjoyed anything related to history or science.
Lynn lived every single day to the fullest, and we will miss him always.
Lynn is survived by his wife of 55 years, Vicki; daughters, Laurie Garcia (Terry), Christine Borland and Angie Quigley (Rob); granddaughters, Devin Borland, Jenna Lesnet, Quinn Quigley and Caroline Quigley; great-grandson Aidan; great-granddaughter, Alexia; and brother, Wayne (Kim).
He was preceded in death by his parents, Louie and Jessie Borland.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in memory of Lynn Borland to the Palisades Will Rogers 5 & 10K Run Foundation; P.O. Box 601, Pacific Palisades 90272.
A celebration of life for Lynn will be held at Community United Methodist Church, located at 801 Via De La Paz in Pacific Palisades, on Saturday, November 17, at 2 p.m. All are welcome.
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