Lance G. Hooks, 74, a retired marketing and information specialist in the Agriculature Department, died Sept. 26 in a hospital in Fort Myers, Fla., of injuries he suffered in a car accident in Naples, Fla., on Sept. 25.
Mr. Hooks worked for Agriculature for 47 years before retiring in 1972. He was a resident of Arlington, where he had been active in volunteer work for the American Cancer Society. He moved to Naples in 1975.
He began his career with the Department of Agriculture in 1925 and worked in St. Louis, Chicago, and San Santonio, Tex., before transferring to Washington in 1945. He also served tours as an Agriculture Department official in Latin America and in Vietnam and had been a consultant to the United States.
He was the recipient of three Agriculture Department merit awards in the 1960s and the department's Superior Service Award in 1968.
He was a member of the National Press Club and the Public Relations Society of America. He was a 32nd degree Mason and a Shriner.
Mr. Hooks was a native of Mount Vernon, Ark., and attended the University of Chicago and Northwestern University.
Survivors include his wife of 48 years, the former Altha F. Hazelwood, of Naples; a son, Daryl L., of Daytona, Fla.; a sister, Martha Sowell, of Benton, Ark.; three brothers, Byron, of Chicago, Charles, of Benton, Ark., and Dale, of Moses Lake, Wash., and two grandchildren.
The family suggests that expressions of sympathy be in the form of contributions to a charity of one's choice.