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Lewis Commons passed away at his Sequim residence from natural causes on June 19, 2014, at the age of 87.
He was born on January 7, 1927, in Tabernash, Colorado, to Ray and Mable Hathaway.
After graduating from Grants Pass High School in 1944, he joined the Navy and served from November 17, 1944, through July 5, 1946. He then studied plastics and fiberglass at the technical institute of Los Angeles.
He studied ministerial studies for the Church of Christ and was ordained in 1953. He later returned to college and, in 1970, earned his bachelor's degree from Puget Sound College of the Bible.
He served as a Church of Christ pastor in both Oregon and Washington, and was a shipbuilder and manager for Ron Rawson Inc. He also worked from 1974 through 1992 in the Puget Sound Naval Shipyard, where he was a mechanic, foreman and superintendent of the woodworking shop 64.
Lewis was the quintessential outdoorsman; he loved fishing, boating and recreational hosting of parks in Washington and Oregon.
He was a 12-year member of the Good Sam Club and belonged to the American Legion Post 54 and Sequim Community Church. He also belonged to the national and Washington state Republican parties, Mothers Against Drunk Driving, AARP and the National Rifle Association.
Lewis was married to Barbara "Charleen" Noland on July 6, 1948, in Coos Bay, Oregon. Charleen survives her husband.
He is also survived by his sons, Roger (Katie) Commons of Port Angeles and Ron (Donna) Commons of Kitsap County; daughters Barbara (Don) Hannah of Sequim and Linette Commons of Portland, Oregon; sisters Goldie McKenzie of Grants Pass, Oregon, and Ester Edwards of Portland, Oregon; 13 grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; and five great-great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Ray and Mable Commons, and brothers, Howard and Gillard Commons.
He was a beloved husband, father, grandfather and follower of Christ.
A committal service with military honors will take place at Tahoma National Cemetery, where his family will lay his ashes to rest.
A celebration of life for family and friends will be announced at a later date.
Published in The Peninsula Daily News on June 27, 2014