1955 – 2021
IN LOVING MEMORY
Michael (Mike) Lewis was born in China Lake, California on January 24, 1955 to Richmond and Marilyn Lewis. He was the second eldest of five children. He spent most of his childhood in Silver Spring, MD and Tustin, CA. He proudly served in the U.S. Navy from 1975-1981.
Mike met Loretta (Lori) Calderon while working the night shift at a pharmaceutical laboratory, and they soon found themselves having breakfast together after their shifts. They were married on May 2, 1981. They settled in Riverside, CA where they raised their seven children together: Michael (Margery) Lewis, Laura (William) Curley, Emily (Michael) Coleman, Hannah (Nicholas) Riley, Victoria (Kyle) Brown, Jack Lewis, and Samuel Lewis. Mike took pride in restoring their 1910-era house for their ever-growing family. He initially began pursuing a career in nutrition, but soon found his niche in business and sales. He began working at Club Car in 1986, beginning in the parts room and working his way up to Regional Manager. He received many awards during his career for sales excellence. Mike was a Boy Scout leader for almost 20 years where he enjoyed sharing his love of camping, hiking, and backpacking. He especially loved the Eastern Sierras where he could find a little hidden creek to fish for trout. Places like the Owen River and the foothills of Bishop were just some of his favorite spots. Cycling was another passion. In his younger days, he completed many century (100 mile) rides and often biked to work in Anaheim so he could avoid traffic coming back to Riverside. As he grew older, his rides became shorter and he spent more time fixing bikes for all his kids. Mike was a leader in his church and a devout Christian. He found peace in nature and through scripture. Throughout his life, he passed down his love for the outdoors and his faith to his children.
As Mike’s children started having their own families, he easily transitioned into the role of a loving grandpa. He enjoyed camping trips and hikes with his grandkids and upgraded play forts and swing sets at his house. He loved listening to and sharing music with those around him. Many of his children share the same love and appreciation for artists that he was passionate about. Mike's commitment to his wife, children, and grandchildren was evident by all who knew him.
After 40 years of marriage to Lori and 35 years of employment at Club Car, Mike passed away on December 4, 2021 due to COVID-related causes. He is survived by his loving wife, seven children, and fifteen grandchildren (Zacary, Addison, Richmond, Lilian, Peter, Gregory, Rowan, Evelyn, Dexter, Warrick, Imogen, Simon, Colton, Garrison, and Emme).
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