Lance was born and raised in Jamestown, New York. He graduated from High School and enlisted in the U.S. Navy. He was assigned to the North Island Naval Air Station in Coronado, California, where he served as a plane captain and jet engine mechanic. At the height of the Vietnam conflict, he was promoted and was assigned to the aircraft carrier U.S.S. Ticonderoga in San Diego. He served as an Aircraft Support Officer and Master at Arms Officer. The ship was assigned a tour of duty in Vietnam in 1967 and returned to San Diego in 1968. Lance was Honorably discharged from the Navy in 1969.
Lance married his childhood sweetheart, Karen. They raised 4 children, two boys and two girls, and have 10 grandchildren, 5 boys and 5 girls. In between raising a family, work and attending college, he coached Junior All American Football, Little League Baseball and Girls Soccer.
Lance obtained an AA Degree from Glendale Community College and a B.A. Degree in Personal Management from the University of Redlands. He holds a lifetime Teaching Credential issued by the State of California, teaching traffic safety for the Los Angeles City School District and Motorcycle Safety for the Conejo Valley School District.
Lance graduated from the California Highway Patrol Academy in July 1970. After graduating from the CHP Academy, he was assigned to the Glendale Area. He worked street patrol for 8 years, including 4 years of riding motorcycles. In 1976, he was awarded Officer of the Year by the Optimist Club of Burbank. Lance was promoted to Sergeant in 1978 and was transferred to the East Los Angeles Area CHP Office where he served as a Field Supervisor. He was selected to supervise the CHP's Southern Division Public Affairs unit from 1980-1983. In 1983, he was assigned to the CHP Olympic Games Planning Committee. He served as the Intelligence Liason Supervisor with the CHP/FBI Olympics Intelligence Task Force. After the Olympics, many of his supervisory positions included Vehicle Theft and Environmental Crimes Investigations and Commercial Vehicle and K-9 Narcotics Enforcement.
Lance transferred to the San Luis Obispo CHP Division Headquarters in 1994 and was assigned to the Investigations Unit. He retired in 2002 after serving the State of California for 32 years.
in 1995, Lance was initiated into Santa Maria Lodge #1538. He served on the Rodeo Committee in 1995 and 1996 and is presently an associated member of Santa Maria Lodge. In 2003, he transferred to the Atascadero Lodge #2733. He has served on numerous committees including the House Committee (7 years) and the Board of Trustees (4 years) and Budget Committee (2 years). He was chosen as Lodge Officer of the Year in 2009-10 and remains active in the lodge. He advanced through the Chairs and became the Exalted Ruler in 2007-08. Lance was elected as Secretary of the Lodge in 2008 and served for 3 years. He served as the first Chicago Lodge Management System coordinator for the District and was appointed as Association Vice President in 2009-10. Lance has served as an Officer on the District Past Exalted Rulers Association for 4 years. Lance was selected to District Deputy Grand Exalted Ruler in 2011-12. He served as the State Membership Chairman for two years and was elected to the California-Hawaii Elks Association as First Vice President in 2015.