Hello! My name is Emily and I am reaching out to all of you, to fulfill my Daddy's dying wish!
My father, William James Lewis, was born in 1924 in Los Angeles, when the orange groves were still thriving in LA county. At 18, he joined the U.S. Marines in 1942 during World War ll and was deployed to the Pacific Theatre. He was radioman and worked with the Navajo Code Talkers. He remained friends with the Gorman family for the rest of his life. He made several of the major landings in the South Pacific, such as Tarawa, Saipan and Tinian islands.
He and his young family moved to Alaska, helping build parts of the Alaska Railroad. He then returned to California and fell in love with Monterey, stating he would love to live there someday. Eventually, he would make that move and remained most of the next 50 years.
Throughout his life, he was a dedicated naturalist and spent many years hiking in the mountains, in the deserts and cycling around the United States. He was off the grid before it was even "cool".
His sincere wish was to be buried locally in Monterey, so that our family can visit on a regular basis. We are having a hard time coming up with the funds to buy him a plot.
Goal date is JUNE 25
Please help us fulfill his last wish to be closer to those he loves and who loves him!!
- Felicia Monahan
- Deann Zinman
- Patsy Turner
- Connie Simon
- Cheryl l Bertram
Emily Lamps Lewis