Obituary for John Lewis
John Marshall Lewis, 82 died peacefully at his home in Boise on Saturday, May 13, 2017.
John was born February 11, 1935 in Boise to A. E. (Bud) Lewis and Kathryn Lorraine Sharp Lewis. He was a fifth generation Idahoan and lived in Boise for a majority of his life. Prior to his graduating from Boise High School in 1953, John attended Roosevelt Grade School and Boise Junior High School. He went on to attend Boise Junior College and became a graduate of College of Idaho with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Business Administration in 1961.
John enlisted in the United States Naval Reserves while in college and served from 1952 until 1955. He was honorably discharged in order to be inducted into the United States Army where he served actively from 1955 through 1957. He continued his service in the United States Army Reserves through 1961. While in the Reserves and attending college, John met and married Eileen Dalton of Twin Falls. John and Eileen had three children, John Daniel, Jeffrey Dalton and Kathleen.
After John’s military service, he was employed with Lewis Fuel and Feed Company, Boise Cascade and Owens-Corning in Boise and Salt Lake City, during which time he was responsible for sales. In 1967, John joined KTVB-Channel 7 as National Sales Manager and in 1982, John was promoted to the company’s General Sales Manager. John enjoyed a 32 year career with the NBC affiliate. During his broadcast career, he also served on several boards, including SME of Boise, NBC Marketing Committee, Boise YMCA, Crane Creek Country Club and the Boise Arts Commission.
In 1985, John married Kathleen Cosgrove in Sun Valley, a place they returned to often and created many treasured memories. John and Kathleen built a life together that celebrated family, friends, travel and experiences. Favorite places included Kauai, Sun Valley, Palm Desert and Crane Creek. After an eight year tour away from Boise, living in both Tucson and Portland, John and Kathleen returned home to his beloved Boise in 2010. John missed Idaho and was elated to be home and reconnect with his kids, grandkids, extended family and long-time friends. In 2012, John was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease and as you would expect, he gave it a strong fight with diet, daily exercise and staying active.
We will remember John’s love for his family, wry sense of humor, sartorial focus, and a commitment to any game or sport that allowed him to be with friends and build relationships. Crane Creek fit that bill and John relished his forty plus years of membership at the club, partaking in all the club had to offer. People would be surprised to know that in addition to his favorite sports of golf, tennis and downhill skiing, he was no stranger to duck hunting, fly fishing, waterskiing, rollerblading, biking and volleyball.
John was preceded in death by his parents, Bud and Kathryn Lewis. Survivors include his wife, Kathleen Lewis; his three children, John D. (Karena), Jeffrey (Stephanie), and Kathleen (Michael) and four grandchildren; John S., Vanessa K, Lauren and Jordan and one great grandchild. Other survivors include sisters Judy Price (Ron) and Marcia Chatalas and his aunt, Barbara Brasch along with many cousins, nieces and nephews.
The family deeply thanks Tammy Walmer and Gil Bravo of Care, LLC who provided comfort and compassionate care to John for the last year. We gained precious and valuable time with him because of their efforts. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the First Tee of Idaho, the Northwest Parkinson’s Foundation or a charity of your choice. A Celebration of Life will be held at Crane Creek Country Club on Friday, June 2nd beginning at 4pm. 500 W. Curling Dr. Boise, ID 83702.