Joseph Walters "Jeff" Lewis III
1944 - 2015
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Joseph "Jeff" Walters Lewis III

Son of Joseph Walters Lewis, Jr. and Anne Caroline Beech Lewis.

Born August 3, 1944 in Pasadena, CA, Joseph W. "Jeff" Lewis, III, peacefully passed away on June 2,

2015. He leaves his beloved wife of 46 years, Tristine Kay Vanderpool Lewis, three children, Jonathan (Kerry Butler) David Lewis of Lake Forest Park, WA, Aaron Christopher Lewis, of Seattle, WA and Michael (Sarah Smith) James Lewis, of Auburn WA; and three grandchildren, James Butler Lewis and Mark Butler Lewis, of Lake Forest Park, WA and Samantha McKenzie Lewis of Auburn, WA.

Jeff's earliest years were spent in Corpus Christi, TX and Pasadena, California. In 1947, when Jeff was three years old, his family moved to San Marino, CA. Jeff graduated from San Marino High School in 1963, where he was captain of several CIF championship tennis teams, class president, voted most outstanding student and held several service organization positions. He also enjoyed playing on the San Marino High School football team.

He attended the University of Oregon on a tennis scholarship, received a B.S. in Parks and Recreation Management in 1967 and earned his M.S. in Public Recreation Administration in 1970. He played number one tennis singles for four years at U O and was Assistant Tennis Coach in 1970. He was dormitory president and was an officer in the Delta Upsilon fraternity.

Jeff's parks and recreation career spanned more then 40 years, in Springfield and Eugene, OR; Franklin Park, IL and Seattle, WA. His primary job was Recreation Programs Manager for the City of Seattle.

Jeff's hobbies included stream fishing for trout and steelhead, golf, water skiing, snow skiing, recreational softball and football, cheering for the Oregon Ducks and supporting his children's and grandchildren's activities.

Jeff requested that people contribute, in memory of Joseph W. Lewis III, to The American Cancer Society or to The American Diabetes Association.

A "Celebration" will be held starting at 3PM the afternoon of June 18 at the Lake Forest Park Civic Club in Lake Forest Park, WA.

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Published in The Seattle Times from Jun. 10 to Jun. 11, 2015.
Celebration of Life
03:00 PM
Lake Forest Park Civic Club
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November 11, 2015
Lewis family, 2008
Jeff was the first born, and then came brother Jack and me. He overcame his childhood Asthma to become a four-year Varsity letterman in tennis at the No.1 spot, in high school and at the University of Oregon. Growing up together he took the time for his little sister to teach me how to throw a football, swing a bat, and play tennis and ping pong. It isn't surprising to read how well-liked he was as an adult because he was very popular and active in high school and college. I think of his easy-going and tolerant nature when I am tested by life and thank him for bringing me to my Lord when he was active in Campus Crusade for Christ. I imagine he is now in charge of running the stats on football teams in Heaven, and maybe he has taken up Pickle Ball!
With loving memories,
Taffy Lewis
June 17, 2015
The consummate recreation professional, great friend, wonderful golfer with a nice draw on his 3 iron. The best glove on the Reckers Softball Team. The "stats man" for our Rotis Baseball league with the team name 'The Surf'. The Surf will always be up. THTH
Randy Smith
June 11, 2015
So sorry of hear of Jeff's passing. I have many great memories of working with him during my years at Seattle Parks. I will always remember his smiling face and positive attitude. One of the great guys to work with.
John Anthony
June 11, 2015
Jeff was one of the nicest, most professional individuals I ever worked with at Seattle Parks and Recreation. He was so hard working and could always be counted on to do exactly what he said he would do which is pretty amazing when you think about it! He also had a very dry, witty sense of humor and kept me laughing. All in all, an outstanding man!
Donna Iverson
June 10, 2015
Jeff, you were one of my first mentors when I started with Seattle Parks and Recreation 26 years ago. Thank you for all of your support during our years together at Seattle Parks.
HUGS and PRAYERS to the whole Lewis family.
Mary Pat Byington
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