Donald D. Lewis
Obituary of Donald Lewis
It is with great sadness that the family of Donald D. Lewis, Jr. announces his passing on July 26, 2018. He quietly slipped away at the Cottage in the Meadow after battling cancer.
Don was born on December 5, 1961 to Donald D. and Anna Mae (Metzger) Lewis in Ephrata, WA. His father was a military man serving in the Air Force and the Army, respectively. Don spent his childhood traveling the world, living in Spokane, WA, Everett, WA, Ft. Wainwright in Fairbanks, AK, Fort Reiley in Abilene, KS, Fort Ord in Monterrey, CA, Fort Eustis in Newport News, VA, San Bernardino, CA and Budingen, Germany. He graduated from Hannau American D.O.D. High School in Hannau, Germany. He then returned to the states and joined the California Conservation Corps as a mechanic for the wild fire crews where he spent 2 years at Angel’s Camp CA, before moving to Yakima, WA in 1984.
October 25, 1985, Don married his former wife, Gloria Flores in Yakima, WA. He was employed at Mervyn’s Department Store for 12 years, Ace Hardware Distribution Centers for 10 years and spent the last 7 years as a Facilities Technician for the Yakima Valley Libraries.
Don spent his youth in the Boy Scouts and enjoyed camping as a boy and later with his own family and friends. Because of his training as an auto mechanic he spent many years working at the Yakima Speedway with the Dave Barthel Racing team in the 1990’s. He was an avid NASCAR fan and spent many weekends watching the races. He was a student of history and enjoyed researching the Revolutionary and Civil War historical sites around the country. Don was a quiet man whose sense of humor often snuck out and took you by surprise. He had a twinkle in his eye, that made one wonder just exactly what he was thinking.
He was extremely proud of his four children. Those kids made his world go round. Don was the salt of the earth and without a doubt would do anything for anyone he considered family. To know Don was an inspiration to us all to be better people. His motto was to work hard, take pride in your work, and be kind to those around you.
Don will be lovingly remembered by his four children: Michelle (Liam) Wilson, of El Paso, TX, Brian (Brittany) Lewis, Timothy Lewis and Zachary Lewis, all of Yakima, WA. And also his siblings: Bonnie (Byron) Marbach of Alvin, TX, Brenda Lewis (Curtis Shepard) of Hisperia, CA and Raymond Lewis (Suzette Aguilar) of Vista, CA. Don has three grandchildren: Sophia Marie Wilson, Liam Haining Wilson, Jr. and Jacob Lewis Wilson all of El Paso, TX.
He will be missed by his aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces and nephews and various in-laws.
He was preceded in death by his parents Don, Sr. and Anna Mae Lewis and his “son,” Nathan Voyles.
The family wishes to thank Compass Care Hospice and their employees, Maggie, Denice and Madison as well as the staff at the Cottage in the Meadow for their amazing care of Don during this difficult time.
We also wish to express our most sincere thanks and appreciation to Don’s significant other, Kimberly Rothamel and her daughters Cassilyn Wheeler and Gina Hutchinson for their loving help and dedication these past few months. We also want Missy Crawford to know how much her longtime friendship meant to Don and the rest of our family. She was a “little sister” and his best friend for many years. Her visits were always a highlight in these last months.
We will mourn the loss of this exceptional man and celebrate his life and the memories we are lucky enough to have.