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Thursday, April 25, 2013

DL Capt. Donald W. Lewis

Celebration of Life:
A Memorial Service for Don Lewis will be held at 2pm, May 19th in the Frances & Don White Chapel on the St. Martin's Episcopal School campus in Metairie, La. The service is intended to be a celebration of Don Lewis's Life as opposed to a wake. Afterwards, there will be a reception with refreshments in Saints Hall (also on STM campus). Donna Lewis would appreciate emails or cards from friends especially with stories or remembrances about Don. email: Ddmsy@aol.com
316 Green Acres Rd.
Metairie, La. 70003
In lieu of flowers: For many years, Don & Donna have operated a fund thru St. Martin's to help students in need. The name is the "Lewis Laginappe Fund" and the address is:
St. Martins Episcopal School
225 Green Acres Rd.
Metairie, La. 70003
Donna was a first grade teacher at STM for many years. My two children and those of Harry Koch were among her many students.
Travis Foster
From: carol Sent: Thursday, April 25, 2013 9:46 AM Subject: passing of MSY DL Capt. Donald W. Lewis, age 71
DL Capt. Donald W. Lewis
June 18, 1941 ~ April 18, 2013
Donald W. Lewis, 71, departed this life on Thursday, April 18, 2013. He passed away at his home lovingly surrounded by his cherished family. He lost a valiant fight to lung cancer. Don was a special husband, Dad, Grandfather, and friend. He was adored by his family and in turn treasured each of them. He especially enjoyed driving anywhere, anytime for "Pawpaw duty" with grandchildren and their friends. Don was known as a gentleman, for his kindness and helpfulness, and for his superb story telling ability. He enjoyed liking people. He was a pilot, golfer, skier, accomplished musician, and handyman. Although he was appreciated as a wonderful pianist, he could also play any instrument he tried. He was an amazing musician. 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. where he is loved by many. He loved to visit his 2 aunts, Flo Durden and Charlene Spencer and his many, many wonderful cousins. He is a graduate of LSU-Baton Rouge, LA, where he was Treasurer for Sigma Chi Fraternity , Air Force ROTC, and an avid Tiger fan. After graduating he flew C130E's for the Air Force in Vietnam. He was awarded many Air Medals and the prestigious Distinguished Flying Cross. He later joined Delta Airlines where he flew 7 different planes for Delta. He had a reputation as an excellent pilot and retired from Delta flying the L15. The family wants to thank the wonderful doctors and nurses of East Jefferson General Hospital, his Home Health nurse, Dawn, an especially kind doctor, and the excellent care he received from Hospice Compassus. To all friends who took time to visit, bring food, and send cards we wish to sincerely thank you. It meant so much to him. Don was most proud of the Lewis Lagniappe Fund for Students located at St. Martins Episcopal School, 225 Green Acres Road, Metairie, LA 70003. This fund will provide important needs for promising young men and women attending the school. This fund is in lieu of flowers. A Memorial Celebration will be held Sunday, May 19, 2013 at 2 pm at the Frances and Dan White Chapel at St. Martins Episcopal School. 225 Green Acres Road, Metairie, LA 70003 with a visitation/reception following.

.Published in The Times-Picayune from April 27 to April 28, 2013

DL Capt. Donald W. Lewis
June 18, 1941 ~ April 18, 2013

Notification of the passing of retired DL pilot Captain Donald W. Lewis, age 71. Captain Lewis had not been well for some time and had been in home hospice care of late. Don hired on with Delta 07-08-1968 and was based MSY. I’m not sure when Captain Lewis retired, but I know that he did have 25+ years with Delta. An obituary is forthcoming designating a charity in lieu of flowers. There will be no funeral services as was Captain Lewis’ wishes, but a memorial service for Don is being planned for a later date.

Captain Lewis is survived by his wife Donna. Personal condolences may be sent to their home at 
316 Green Acres Road , Metairie LA 70003-2433 .... (504) 736-9407

You can also reach Donna by email at ddmsy@aol.com

When received, Don’s obituary and further information will be posted on our blogspot at http://pcnflightwest.blogspot.com/

Thank you,
~ Carol Faulkner, PCN death notice communicator

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