January 30, 1948 - August 20, 2019
Mel passed away August 20, 2019 in Fremont, CA. He was born in Los Angeles, CA and was preceded in death by his parents and Leona Lewis, as well as his brother Samuel John Lewis, and his loving first wife Julia (Phelps) Lewis.
Mel married Rita September 27, 1980. He is survived by Rita, their three children, Laura (and Jason) Shoemaker, Libby (and Jason) Hail, Clayton (and Maria) Lewis, 9 grandchildren, and 1 great-grandchild.
Mel and Rita are longtime parishioners of GracePoint Church in Lodi, CA. and have enjoyed traveling together, especially their annual trips to Hawaii.
Mel grew up in Bishop, CA. attended college at the University of Nevada in Reno, and graduated with his degree in Business Administration from California State University in Sacramento in 1970. Following graduation, Mel entered the National Guard and served for six years.
During his career, Mel worked in the cemetery industry for over forty years in varying capacities including serving on the Board of Directors for Cherokee Memorial Park in Lodi, CA., Lone Tree Cemetery in Hayward, CA., and Cemetery 360.
There will be a visitation held on Thursday, August 29th 2019 from 4:00p.m. to 8:00p.m. at the Vineyard Chapel in Cherokee Memorial Park, located at 14165 N. Beckman Road.
Services for Mel will be held at 10:00am on Friday August 30, 2019 at GracePoint Church in Lodi, CA.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to GracePoint Church of Lodi.
Cherokee Memorial is honored to serve the Lewis family.
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