2014-10-16 / Obituaries

Donald Lamar Lewis

Donald Lamar Lewis was born on Feb. 14, 1938 in Declo, Idaho to Reed Hunsaker Lewis and Marzo Roberts Lewis. He was the second of five boys. He passed away on Oct. 4, 2014 at his home in Mariposa.

Don is survived by his wife, Lois and five children, Scott Lewis, Leslie Lewis, Wilhelmina Bethers, Rick Shrader and Steven Lewis. He is also survived by 12 grandchildren and three great-grandchildren, his brother and extended family.

Don’s first marriage was to Barbara Stadmiller (1939- 1969).

He has lived in Gilroy, San Jose, Goose Bay, Labrador, Canada, and Mariposa.

Immediately after graduating from high school, Don joined the U.S. Air Force, and he served from July 11, 1955 to March 13, 1966. While he was stationed in Alaska, he was loaned to the Red Cross in the aftermath of the big 9.2 earthquake in 1964.

He also delivered supplies and messages to the outlying areas on his motorcycle. He said he felt guilty getting attention for his service due to the fact that he was happy just to be riding.

After the Air Force, Don came back to the Bay Area, where he began working at a motorcycle shop as a mechanic and shop manager. Don began working for IBM as a field service engineer, enjoying association with many people including Ansel Adams. During this time his family moved from San Jose to Gilroy.

Don has been an active member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, known more popularly as Mormons. All his life he devoted himself to serving in many capacities, including many years as a stake missionary and as the branch president of the Mariposa branch.

Don and Lois moved to Mariposa in February of 2000, with Don declaring he wanted to always feel like he was on vacation. As a result of Don’s wishes, (he once said, “don’t make me attend any more meetings”), no funeral services were held. His immediate and extended family had a party at his home on Oct. 8, with hours of storytelling and laughter. Don loved to tell stories and was very outgoing and friendly. He tracked his life by what car, truck and motorcycle he owned. At home he critiqued movie soundtracks when they didn’t have authentic car or motorcycle sounds to match the vehicle.

Don’s family extends its appreciation to the wonderful immediate support of the local response team who assisted him as he left this life. The compassion extended to family members was greatly appreciated.

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