Wayne Alan Pangburn, 71, passed away peacefully in his sleep at home on Monday, December 14, 2015. He was born in Newark, N.J., graduated from Stoneham High in Stoneham, Mass., and went on to earn a BA degree in economics from Bates College in Lewiston, Me. While at Bates, Wayne was the 1965 and 1966 NCAA College Division National Champion in the hammer throw. His distance record at Bates was not surpassed until 1999. Following college, he served three years as an officer in the United States Army. Wayne married his junior high sweetheart, Stacia Roberts, on October 22, 1967. Wayne continued his athletic career as a member of the Army Track Team and was the hammer throw alternate for Team USA for the 1968 Olympics. In 1969, Wayne began a successful career in Boston in the life insurance industry. He ultimately rose to the position of Vice-President of Marketing for New England Life. In 1982, he began a private benefits consulting practice in his wife's hometown, New Roads, La. Wayne co-founded The Pangburn Group with his son to provide recordkeeping services for retirement plans in 1996. Under Wayne's leadership, the fledgling company grew to be nationally recognized and employ over 50 people in his community. He was actively employed until the time of his death. Wayne was an avid fisherman and car enthusiast, but he will be remembered by most for his strength, wit, quiet leadership, and generosity. He was a loving and dedicated husband, father, and grandfather. He leaves behind his wife of 48 years, Stacia, son Brian, daughter Christie, daughter-in-law Jaimee, and four grandchildren, Jack, Jeremiah, Archer, and Malik. He was preceded in death by his parents, Sheldon Edward Pangburn and Myrtle Brown McIlravey. Memorial/Visitation will be at Niland's Funeral Home in New Roads, La, on Friday, December 18th, from 5-9pm. In lieu of flowers, please consider a memorial donation to Pointe Coupee Hospice (www.pchhh.org
), CCA Louisiana (PO Box 86458 Baton Rouge, LA 70879), or the West Feliciana Education Foundation (www.wearewestfel.org
). The family would like to thank Dr. Jeff Hyde and his colleagues for extending Wayne's active life by almost a decade.
Published by The Advocate from Dec. 15 to Dec. 18, 2015.