Eric Michael Lancaster, of Houston, Texas, passed away peacefully on July 29th, 2023
after a brave and courageous 3 year battle with glioblastoma brain cancer. He stayed remarkably positive throughout his many surgeries, cancer treatments, and countless doctor's appointments.
Eric was born May 22, 1959 in Jeﬀerson City, MO to Edgar and Donna Lancaster. Eric's family traveled throughout his childhood, a love that he kept throughout his life. Eric played many sports throughout his childhood but especially excelled in swimming. Eric graduated from University of Missouri-Rolla with a Bachelor of Science in Mining Engineering in 1981 and later earned his MBA from St. Edwards University in Austin, TX. He started his career at Shell Oil Company in Houston, TX and worked in various roles in the mining industry in Texas, Idaho, West Virginia, Utah, and Nevada. He retired in May, 2022 after spending 22 years with Conoco/Phillips 66.
Eric loved to travel with his wife Susan. Some of their favorite vacations were taken in the Fall, where they visited the northeastern states and loved seeing the beautiful Fall leaves changing colors. They enjoyed going on driving tours where they enjoyed the scenery including light houses and old covered bridges. They participated in many outdoor activities together including golfing, hiking, and riding bikes through their neighborhood and in the many beautiful parks in and around the Houston area. They enjoyed spending time with their friends in Houston and other cities. Eric and Susan also loved going to classic rock concerts and enjoyed going to the movies together.
He was an avid golfer who would always find time to meet up with his buddies for a round. More than anything Eric loved his boys. He supported them through all their years of playing sports, often as their coach, and never missed a game or competition. He was always their biggest fan. Other adventures with his kids including skydiving, cliﬀ jumping, ATV's, skiing, snowmobiles, and basically anything else with maximum speed and adrenaline. Eric enjoyed fly fishing and being out of the city and into nature. Eric loved animals and really liked taking his various dogs on hikes in the mountains. When he wasn't participating himself, he was an avid sports fan. He enjoyed cheering on the Houston Astros, Houston Rockets, Mizzou Tigers, but was especially passionate of his beloved St. Louis Cardinals, his favorite team from childhood to adulthood.
Eric is remembered by his friends and family as a loving, care-free guy who always had a nice thing to say or a joke to crack. His one-liners are famous and will live on through all the people who have taken one from him. He was also extremely hard working and motivated, which shines through in his successes throughout his career. These are the qualities that kept him going and still doing the things he loved, surviving much longer than the average devastating glioblastoma diagnosis. One of his last wishes and goals was to be able to attend his son Zach's recent wedding, just this past June 10, 2023.
Although it was very diﬃcult for him to travel, Eric's wife and best friend, Doug Tucker, helped Eric make the journey all the way to Lake Tahoe. Eric enjoyed himself immensely.
Eric was preceded in death by his parents, Edgar & Donna Lancaster and his brother Mark Lancaster. Eric is survived by his wife Susan, of Houston; a son, Zach Lancaster and his wife Taylor of Crystal Bay, NV; and a son Matt Lancaster of Reno, NV.
The family wishes to thank the MD Anderson Cancer Center, the caregivers at the Silver Sage Memory Care facility in Brenham, and all the many friends and family members who spent time with Eric, talked to him, or had him in their thoughts during this diﬃcult battle.
A Celebration of Life service for Eric will be held at St. Paul's Evangelical Lutheran Church in Brenham Saturday, August 5, 2023 at 11:00 am with Pastor Donna Krueger officiating.
In lieu of flowers, please donate to the American Brain Tumor Association or your local humane society.
Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to Memorial Oaks Chapel, 1306 West Main, Brenham, TX. To view Eric's obituary online and post a tribute to his family, please visit www.memorialoakschapel.com.