ForeverMissed
It is with great sorrow and heartbreak to announce that our beloved Eric Daniel Lange, 31, passed away suddenly at home on August 28, 2020 in San Lorenzo. He was born October 12, 1988 and was the youngest son of Dave and Carol (Landeros) Lange. He attended San Lorenzo elementary schools and graduated from Arroyo High School in 2006.

Eric was very active in the local community and made numerous long lasting friendships as a result. He was a part of the Cub Scouts of America, SLZ Little League, San Leandro Babe Ruth and the Arroyo Dons. Because he was an excellent pitcher, he went on to play at Chabot College until a devastating shoulder injury cut his career short.

Eric went on to become a Journeyman Drywall/Lather and a member of the Drywall Lathers Local 68L. He served as a Delegate and Trustee of the local. He also worked at Thomas John Events and Sports Authority. Eric was a big fan of the Oakland A’s, Sharks, Warriors and the SF 49ers. He had a passion for life. He enjoyed music, food, animals, nature and spending time with his loved ones.

Eric is preceded into death by his grandparents Bill and Ruth Lange, Jesus and Angie Landeros. Uncle Jesse, Aunt Shelley and Cousin Isabella. He is survived by his parents, his brother Scott Lange, and his sisters Michelle Miller and Suzy Cava. He also leaves his two nephews Jacob and Ryan and his niece Megan.Eric was blessed to have a loving extended family of aunts, uncles and many wonderful first and second cousins. Eric will be honored and carried to his final resting place by his pallbearers; Scott Lange, Mike Cava, Chris Miller, Sam Schindler, Andrew Jayme, and his dear cousins, Adam Merritt, David and Joe Lujan.

Eric will be forever loved and missed by his devoted family and friends. If you’d like to pay your respects to this wonderful, smart, funny and caring man that left us too soon, Eric’s funeral will be hosted on Tuesday, September 15th, in the St. Francis Courtyard area at Holy Sepulchre Cemetery located at 1051 Harder Rd in Hayward at 10:30am. This will be an outdoor event and COVID-19 safety protocols will be followed. Please reserve your spot by clicking on the link. https://www.signupgenius.com/go/EricDanielLange
Note: A celebration of life party will take place at a later date when CV-19 is over.
If you’d like to download Eric’s tribute playlist from Michelle and Sam, visit the links below:
(Slow) Funeral: https://music.apple.com/us/playlist/eric-daniel-lange/pl.u-8aAVZyluoeZp1B
(Fast) Celebration of Life: https://music.apple.com/us/playlist/after-party-for-eric/pl.u-WabZvAYIdk5MKB
Posted by Carolynn Lara on September 15, 2020
To every person of his family and close friends, I am deeply sorry for your loss. Eric was such a great man... kind and humble, mature beyond his years and I always thought so highly of him. I hope he lives on in your hearts, memories and stories you tell. All my sympathy and love.
Posted by LoriLarry Cook on September 12, 2020
Eric,

You were one of the good ones! And I say that today with a very heavy heart.   We didn't get to know each other too well in your early years, as you were out doing "kid stuff".  It wasn't until later in life we really got to spend time with you at your family events. I've known your sisters Michelle & Suzy since the 4th grade. Michelle would always keep me updated on both you and Scott. It wasn't until after high school, I realized what an awesome guy you really turned out to be. Your parents did a great job!  Larry and I felt the love of an "extended family" and always looked forward to every event.  The last one was Ryan's birthday at Porky's Pizza in Pleasanton.  We spent a lot of time with you that day and have the best picture of us!  You were a great guy Eric, and we will all miss you deeply. 
Posted by Jacob Gort on September 9, 2020
Dear Uncle Eric,
I’m still in shock that you are gone. I will miss our family trips and gatherings. You and I especially loved swimming in the ocean and Camping at Big Basin. I’m glad we celebrated my 16th birthday in Kauai last year as a family but I’m sad our vacation was canceled this year and we didn’t have anything to look forward to.
We always had fun together and you took extra time to talk with megan and me. I’m glad that you shared your childhood stories with us the last few times we were together. Our family will never be the same without you. I love you.
Your nephew,
Jacob
Posted by Tony Hsieh on September 4, 2020
Lange was a good dude and one of my closer friends at Sports Authority. We shared similar tastes in music and a variety of other interests. At one point, we were gym partners; in fact Eric was probably one of the few people that could get me off my lazy ass. I was proud to have Eric as one of my groomsmen when I got married, and he will be sorely missed.
Posted by Felipe Gonzalez on September 2, 2020
Lange was one of the first people at Sports Authority that helped me out. As we cleaned that night we realized how much in common we had. Lange was one of my best friends. A’s games and tailgating, working out and doing competitions to see who could get bigger arms in a month, we joined a kickball team together, we played softball where of course he was our star player, unforgettable trips to Vegas, we loved playing pranks on people at work pretending we were both Jim from The Office. He was the kind of friend that I knew had my back no matter what. I could call him anytime and he’d be there for me. He was always so nice and thoughtful to my girlfriend and my family. They still talk about how kind and respectful he was when he met them.

Lange always spoke so highly of his family and when I finally got to meet them I could see why. A very tight and loving family who welcomed me into their home for his birthday like I was part of the family. I wish the Lange family receives all the strength and love from all of us that knew Eric and were lucky enough to have him be a part of our lives. Eric was a very strong person and I know he had to learn that from his family, stay together and stay strong, we are praying for you.
Posted by Michelle Sanchez on September 2, 2020
You were the most welcoming person when I first started working at Sports Authority. Quickly I was part of the guys and hanging out with you, Avi, and Felipe. Going to your softball games, kickball games, and A’s games and of course acting like fools at sports authority. We always had the best times together and I’ll forever cherish all of our memories together. You will be missed Lange. ❤️
Posted by Christopher Miller on September 2, 2020
Eric, our relationship as brother-in-laws was just beginning and now I can only lament about our missed future experiences together. In the short time that we did have together, I was impressed by your outgoing personality, sense of humor, love for your family, and your kindness. I am at a loss of words right now and feeling intense emotions. However, I would like to make a vow to you that I will do my best to take care of your family to the best of my abilities. I will be there for them through thick and thin, through happiness and grief. We all love you and will cherish our memories of you forever. Take care my brother. Please watch over us as we continue this journey of life, as you continue yours in the afterlife.
Posted by Megan Gort on August 31, 2020
You were such an amazing and happy person and someone who I, along with everyone else, loved to be around. We had so many laughs together throughout my entire childhood. Some of my best family memories were made with you. Nothing will ever be the same without you, you have been there every step of my life. I was so excited for all of the future memories you and I and the rest of the family would've made and I am so broken that instead, I will never get hear your voice again. I miss my uncle so so much. 
Posted by Joe Andrade on August 31, 2020
E,
We weren’t the best of friends, but we have known each other a long time. The times with you Sam and all the other guys were special ones. From Little league to your trip out to Austin, always a good time. Wish we had more time. Raising a glass, I’ll miss you.
Posted by Jakub Simacek on August 29, 2020
Eric,
We may have only ever met online, but that didn't make our friendship any less real. I'll never forget all the late nights gaming, laughing and joking around. Or otherwise staying up into the early hours of the morning talking about life and the various little day to day tidbits. It meant a lot, and I was lucky to count you as my friend.
Rest in Peace.
Posted by Matt Araquistain on August 28, 2020
Seeing all these photos has made me realize how long it's been since we last talked and how much I already miss him. Eric was one of my oldest friends and I have countless memories of all the dumb things we did together, but I wish there were more.

Rest in peace, Eric.
Posted by Shirley Bos on August 28, 2020
It is heart breaking when a former student leaves this Earth before the teacher. What fun times we had at Del Rey School in the nineties on those special fieldtrips and recently at your Alameda family celebrations ! God bless your dad, mom, brother, sisters, friends, classmates and all relatives during this difficult time !
Posted by Andrew Jayme on August 28, 2020
E,

From baseball growing up, daily hangouts at the lunch table or trips to Union Landing, we were always close friends. Life happened and we slowly drifted apart, but everytime we met up it was like time had stood still. Sam called me at 6 this morning and I knew it couldn't be good, but I didn't know it would hurt this bad.

Someday soon, we'll all take another trip to Half Dome and I'll be sure to laugh at the base of the cables, because I know you'll be there waiting for us to return.

Rest easy, Brother.
Posted by Sam Schindler on August 28, 2020
Eric,

Quite the gut punch to hear that you’ve passed away. Even though I really can’t put my emotions into words, I know not to say anything sappy. You’re greatly missed by us all. A glass of whiskey raised to you my brother. Skol
Posted by Kevin Kilian on August 28, 2020
Eric,

Buddy I don't even know what to say. My heart breaks to know I won't see you again, hear your voice, shake your hand, laugh about old times. You leave behind family and friends who are lost without your light but will keep your memory alive in our hearts. You may be gone, but you will never be forgotten Eric. You're in a better place now. Go play with Champ, give him some scratches from me. Until we meet again my friend...

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Posted by Carolynn Lara on September 15, 2020
To every person of his family and close friends, I am deeply sorry for your loss. Eric was such a great man... kind and humble, mature beyond his years and I always thought so highly of him. I hope he lives on in your hearts, memories and stories you tell. All my sympathy and love.
Posted by LoriLarry Cook on September 12, 2020
Eric,

You were one of the good ones! And I say that today with a very heavy heart.   We didn't get to know each other too well in your early years, as you were out doing "kid stuff".  It wasn't until later in life we really got to spend time with you at your family events. I've known your sisters Michelle & Suzy since the 4th grade. Michelle would always keep me updated on both you and Scott. It wasn't until after high school, I realized what an awesome guy you really turned out to be. Your parents did a great job!  Larry and I felt the love of an "extended family" and always looked forward to every event.  The last one was Ryan's birthday at Porky's Pizza in Pleasanton.  We spent a lot of time with you that day and have the best picture of us!  You were a great guy Eric, and we will all miss you deeply. 
Posted by Jacob Gort on September 9, 2020
Dear Uncle Eric,
I’m still in shock that you are gone. I will miss our family trips and gatherings. You and I especially loved swimming in the ocean and Camping at Big Basin. I’m glad we celebrated my 16th birthday in Kauai last year as a family but I’m sad our vacation was canceled this year and we didn’t have anything to look forward to.
We always had fun together and you took extra time to talk with megan and me. I’m glad that you shared your childhood stories with us the last few times we were together. Our family will never be the same without you. I love you.
Your nephew,
Jacob
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Eric's Eulogy

This is the hardest thing I've ever had to do but considering what Eric has gone through, it's nothing.
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On behalf of my parents, my sister Suzy and my brother Scott. We want to thank everyone here for facing this day with us. We are very thankful for your support as we say goodbye to our beloved Eric.

My dearest brother Eric,

You called me Sis and I called you Bro with loving affection. I recall my parents telling me you were coming into this world, and I was like... what the?? I said; “when he turns 21...I will be 40!”, and I just didn’t think that sounded very good to me. Well, it turned out to be wonderful. We would talk about this each year on our birthdays, and then it became a reality.It was a super surreal feeling for the both of us, and it was like a fast-forward time warp. And in hindsight, it was ultimately….very precious time.

I was 19 years your senior, and in many ways, you were like my own little one, and so many people thought you were my son when we were together. Especially since we had the same reddish hair and in grade school, your freckles came in with a vengeance, so we matched even more so. I remember Megan trying to rub your nose because she said that there was dirt on it. We always had a good laugh about that memory.

As a kid you were rambunctious and full of energy. You invited me to play wrestle buddies with you and Scott. You were jumping high off the couch onto the hardwood floor, and I kindly declined with “I think I’ll watch and root you on from the dining room”. When you got older, we’d play sports outside. One time I took your fastball pitch …and I quickly resorted to the sidelines after that. You were always so good at everything.

When I bought my first house on Via Colusa, I could walk to the little league ballfield to watch you and Scott play. A traveling taco & sunflower seeds were the better part of my diet back then. Those were fun days and after the big wins we’d end up at Porky’s Pizza. Which was the best reward after a triumph, and even a hard loss sometimes.

Another time, I took you and Scott out to eat and it started to rain. I opened the sunroof and let the wind and raindrops touch our faces. You thought that was so awesome and still reflected on that “remember when” moment as an adult. We had a lot of those reflections.

As we were all growing up, we were very fortunate to take so many family trips together - three generations no less. There was Kauai, Cabo and multiple trips to Pine Mountain Lake & Bodega Bay. We always had such a great time battling the ocean waves in Cabo together with Jake, Meg, Scott and Chris by our sides. We also enjoyed so many wonderful weekend getaways at Big Basin. We found peace and comfort amidst the tall majestic redwoods. The fierce “old maid card games” around the fire were also quite memorable. One time camping, we dared you to eat your hotdog with Hershey’s chocolate squares, instead of condiments. After the first bite, you said with delight “Hey, it’s pretty good! – Wanna bite?”
Um, no thanks, I believe you.

You really loved the campfires and all types of flashlights. We’d have competitions at night who had the strongest beam in the night’s sky. And, of course, you usually won with a big grin on your face.
 
Another stand out moment is when you were staying in Tent Cabin #11 by yourself. Your indoor stove was burning too high, and it set off the fire alarm. The next morning at breakfast, I said; “did you hear that fire alarm last night?”, and you replied; “Yeah, that was me!” We all laughed so hard hearing the details and your MacGyver ways to muffle the alarm with a broom stick and a towel.

I will sure miss those days. I will also miss playing you at darts, horseshoes, bocce and so much more. I always loved that our family would gather around a puzzle when we were on vacation, too. You loved puzzles and you texted me updates of the one you recently bought to help deal with Covid times.

Some of our very best times were just having a family party at home to celebrate birthdays and holidays. Especially, our all night monopoly games when we were younger. Of course, there were so many parties that involved our favorite sports teams, and you were a loyal fan of the A’s, Sharks, Warriors and Niners. You were always the light and the spirit of the party.

Recently, you starting getting more into cooking and for our last Super Bowl party, you made stuffed jalapeños and they were delicious. We had fun watching Megan trying to cope with the heat from the pepper. I can still hear our laughter. You also made Dad’s chili beans, and being so thoughtful, you typed up the recipe for our family to treasure always. I know that Suzy, Scott and I really appreciated that. You had so many food favorites and they will forever remind me of you. Such as; Jalapeno Kettle Chips, Mint Chip Ice cream, Root Beer Floats, Spice Cake, Pineapple Dole Whip and anything hot and spicy.

We are all going to miss you so much… your laugh, your smile, your big booming voice, your spirit, your good heart, and your kind soul. I’ll never understand why you were taken so soon. You had so much life left, and more than most of us here today. We are all struggling with the feelings of denial and acceptance, and it is pure torture. We will have to find some solace in the fact that you lived well, you gave love, and you received love in your short life.

You told me once that there wasn’t anything more important than family, and you were absolutely right. If I only knew that our texts the Tuesday before your passing was going to be the last one, I would have called you and poured out my heart, instead of sending you a funny meme, but I hope it made you smile.

I’m so very sorry that your story on earth has ended, and that our family has been forever altered. Your 32nd birthday is next month and we are still going to be mourning the loss of you. There’s a big hole in our hearts that can never be repaired.

Knowing that we all have to continue living without you is profoundly agonizing. I just wish that I could give you one more hug, tell you that I love you one more time, and say goodbye in person for the last time. I know that we all wish for that...

As we try to cope with the deep sorrow and heartbreak of missing you, I hope your pain is gone, you are at peace, and I look forward to reuniting one day.
Until then, we will all try to live our best lives in your honor, because you weren’t given that chance.
Rest easy, baby Brother. I love you.
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Shared by Michelle Miller on September 4, 2020
By far the most painful FB post I ever had to write on the morning of Eric's passing.I am still waiting to wake up from this nightmare.I have so much to say and not the strength to do it yet but I will when I am able.

From Tony Hsieh

Shared by Michelle Miller on September 4, 2020
Sharing the love from Eric's FB page.

From Travis Avila

Shared by Michelle Miller on September 4, 2020
Sharing the love from Eric's FB page.