Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Timothy Evan Lewis

Timothy "Tim" Evan Lewis of Ketchum, Idaho, passed away Friday, Feb. 18, 2011, in a car accident heading home a couple of miles from Timmerman Hill on state Highway 75 at the young age of 49. Tim was born Oct. 7, 1961, along with his identical (mirror) twin Kimball "Kim" at St. John's Hospital in Santa Monica, Calif. His parents, Wendell and Bernice Lewis, were originally from Samaria, Idaho. Tim grew up skateboarding and surfing in Santa Monica and enjoyed spending summers on his family's ranch in Samaria. He attended Santa Monica High School, unless the surf was up.

Tim taught himself how to play guitar at the age of 15 and it became a lifelong passion of his. Traveling extensively throughout his young life, Tim touched many lives. After mastering the art of color matching, Tim worked on various projects from Beverly Hills to Arizona and recently in Sun Valley. Among his proudest accomplishments were his works for the Ronald Reagan Presidential Foundation and Library and the historical stain restoration of the Old Faithful Lodge in Yellowstone National Park. Tim was passionate about color and loved to share his extensive knowledge; he was a consummate salesman.

Tim moved to Arizona, ultimately settling in Prescott where he met Elizabeth "Lissa" Helen Smith Dow and they married on Jan. 7, 1995. Together, Tim and Lissa built a family. Tim's older son, Corey, and Lissa's two sons, Alex and Philip, were joined by their daughter, Giselle, in 1999. As music director and youth minister for the American Lutheran Church, Tim reached out to the youth in the community and ran an outdoor program for troubled teens.

After nine years in Arizona, Tim and Lissa moved to be closer to his family, who had returned to southern Idaho. He loved spending time with his three adult sons, who also reside in the Sun Valley area. Tim enjoyed hiking, biking and especially fishing throughout the state.

Tim is survived by his twin brother, Kimball "Kim" (Rafael) Lewis; wife, Elizabeth "Lissa" Lewis; son, Corey Lewis; step-sons Alex Dow and Philip Dow; daughter, Giselle Lewis; sister, Wendy (Gerald) Rees, of Malad, Idaho; brother, Gregg (Anette) Lewis of Arroyo Grande, Calif.; and nieces, Kristen Lewis and Rachael Lewis, also of Arroyo Grande, Calif. Tim was preceded in death by his father, Wendell Lewis, and his father-in-law, John Stansell. Tim's beloved mother, Bernice Lewis, of Malad, passed away just three days after Tim on Feb. 21, 2011.

A memorial was held Tuesday, Feb. 22, 2011 in Ketchum, Idaho. As per Tim's wishes, he was cremated and the family will spread his ashes on the Pacific Ocean at a later date. A memorial fund has been set up for Tim's young daughter. Donations can be made at any Wells Fargo branch in the name of Giselle Lewis. To write memories of Tim, go to

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