Donald W. Lewis, 71, lost a valiant fight to lung cancer on Thursday, April 18, 2013, at his home surrounded by his loving family. Besides being adored by all who knew him, he was a pilot, golfer, skier, accomplished musician, and handyman. Born June 18, 1941 in Bogalusa, LA he is preceded in death by his mother, Odelle Young Jenkins, father, Essie Lewis, and stepfather, Errol Lavon Jenkins. He is survived by his loving wife of 51 years, Donna Bethune Lewis, two daughters, Allison Lewis Wagner (Sam Wagner), and Melissa Lewis Salus (Dave Faller), and 5 grandchildren: Josh Michals, Taylor Michals, Jackson Wagner, Brett Salus, and Spencer Lee Wagner, and one nephew Beau Bethune (Kathlyn Bethune). Don grew up in Franklinton, LA. Graduated from LSU where he was member of Sigma Chi and ROTC member. While flying C130E's for the USAF, he received many Air Medals and the prestigious Distinguished Flying Cross. As a captain for Delta Airlines he flew 7 planes and was known as an excellent pilot. A Memorial Celebration will be held Sunday, May 19, 2013 at 2 pm in the White Chapel at St. Martins Episcopal School. 225 Green Acres Road, Metairie, LA 70003 with visitation following. In lieu of flowers, donations to The Lewis Lagniappe Fund for studentas at St. Martins Episcopal School are appreciated.
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Published in The Advocate from Apr. 29 to May 12, 2013