Happy Birthday Grandpa John Dean Lewis! b. 22 October 1916

Lewis, John Dean young man   Lewis, John Dean Lewis, John Dean abt 1998

John’s Father, John Dean Lewis was born Oct. 22, 1916, in Spanish Fork, UT, the youngest of four children, to Frederick and Sarah Jane “Sadye” Lewis. On Aug. 8, 1941, he married his sweetheart, Catherine “Peggy” Conley in the Logan LDS Temple. They are the parents of nine children.

After spending early years in Spanish Fork, McCammon, ID, and Benjamin, Utah, John’s widowed mother settled the family in Provo where she worked hard to support her four children. John developed natural abilities in athletics, music, and in always being the life of the party. He graduated from BYU in accounting and added a year of graduate work at USC. While living in the Los Angeles area, John first caught sight of Peggy at the LDS Wilshire Ward.

John’s accounting career introduced him to a variety of industries in southern California, Mesa, Arizona, and Salt Lake City, Utah. He eventually found his way into hospital management and retired from Intermountain Health Care in 1981.

A devoted member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, John loved to teach, minister, and coach any basketball or softball team he could get his hands on. He was a dedicated bishop in the Los Altos Ward, Hacienda Heights, CA, and in 1988-89, he and his wife served a rewarding mission to Nauvoo.

John has been a devoted husband and father, always doing whatever was necessary to care for his family. There was plenty of laughter, music, and fun amid the hard work and discipline that defined him. Above all, he could always find time for another golf game and the inevitable hole-by-hole retelling. Life with John and Peggy was a delicious assortment of experiences and opportunities built on a foundation of unfailing love.

About annlaemmlenlewis

I am member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and I am currently serving as a Missionary in the Washington Yakima Mission. Welcome to my personal blog, Ann's Words, and my Mission blog, Our Yakima Mission. If you are interested in family history stories and histories, you can find those posted in Ann's Stories. Thanks for looking in!
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