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Orlando Renee' Lugo

Posted 2022-05-15 by mhenderson
Published by Today's News Herald on May 15, 2022 -
Lake Havasu City, Arizona -

Orlando passed away peacefully in Phoenix on April 27, 2022. He grew up
in Big Bear Lake, California and graduated from Big Bear High School in
1979. He was an avid skier and enjoyed all the activities that mountain
life had to offer. He joined the Air Force in October of 1980 with a
delayed entry date of January 1981.

An automobile accident just after his 20th birthday left him a
paraplegic, ending his dream of a career in the Air Force. After some
time to heal, Orlando found employment with the California Department of
Corrections (CDC). He hired on as a clerk and was promoted to the
position of Procurement Services Manager when he retired in 2012. He
loved his years with CDC and made many lifelong friends. Upon
retirement, he moved to LaGrange, California.

In 2017, he moved to Lake Havasu City, where he spent his last years
enjoying the lake in his pontoon boat, flying RC planes at SARA Park and
visiting with friends at Shugrue's and El Paraiso. Orlando was admired
by all who knew him, he greeted everyone with a smile and never let his
wheelchair stop him from doing seemingly impossible feats. He drove his
Razr and Jeep off-road with hand controls and was always present for
desert campouts and fun on the lake.

He is survived by his mother and stepfather, Richard and Deanna Marsh,
brothers Claudio and Vince Lugo and their wives, Rhonda and Stephanie
and his beloved nieces, Ashley Lasiter, Dani, Kyla, and Lynette Lugo,
his nephews, Keith, Max and Chance Lugo and his great nephew Johnny
Seilor and great nieces Madison Lial, Brooke and Bria Lasiter. Orlando
was blessed with lifetime friends from Big Bear Lake and many others he
met along life's way.

He lived life to its fullest and never asked for anything but a chance
to be all he could be. He was an inspiration to all who knew him and
will be missed more than words can express.

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