Posted by: Bonnie Phelps | September 13, 2010

Friends of Chad Lewis (Darlene Lewis)

Many long time Mountain folks knew Ed and Darlene Lewis, and their children Lori and Chad, when they they lived on the Mountain in the 1970’s. They owned a cabin on Bailey Meadow Road. September of 1972, they poured cement for a new basement floor and had their children make their handprints.  The present owners provided the treasured photo for Darlene who still has their family home at the base of the Mountain.  Her son Chad started Kindergarten at the one room Mountain School when there were about 30 kids attending.  In his teens, both he and Lori worked with their dad at the Palomar Outdoor School Camp Kitchen, and served with the Volunteer Fire Department.  Baiting his first hook with Dad at Doane Pond began his love for fishing that he also shared with his sons. Chad had a big kind heart and was always there for his family and friends. 

Here is more from Darlene, including information about Chad’s Memorial Service, this Saturday, September 17 and an online Guest Book:

Chad Barry Lewis, 43

Aug. 31, 1966 – Aug. 7, 2010

Chad Barry Lewis, 43, died Aug. 7 in Shepherd, Montana due to injuries sustained in a motor vehicle accident. 

Mr. Lewis was born Aug. 31, 1966 to Edward Barry & Darlene Lewis in Escondido.  After starting school at the one-room schoolhouse on Palomar Mountain he then went to School in Pauma Valley and enjoyed being in the Valley Center 4H program.  In 1984, he graduated from Fallbrook High School. 

A former member of the Palomar Mountain Volunteer Fire Department, Mr. Lewis also worked for the City of Escondido Street Maintenance Dept. for nearly 20 years.  While he spent most of his early life in California, he fulfilled his dream of moving to Montana, in 2005, where he worked for the City of Billings.

Chad was preceded in death by his father, Edward Barry Lewis (2002).  Chad is survived by his wife, Meisha; sons, Tucker, 19, of Escondido and Tanner, 5, of Montana; stepchildren, Lauren and Luke; mother, Darlene Lewis of Palomar Mountain; and sister, Lori Rountree of Escondido.

A graveside service will be held Friday, September 17 at 1 p.m. at Ramona Cemetery District’s Nuevo Memory Gardens, 532 Ash St., Ramona.

Please sign the Guest Book online

See also http://www.mypalomarmountain.com/tributes/


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