Denis Raymond Lewis passed away peacefully surrounded by loving family at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Eureka at the age of 71 on January 29, 2024, after a struggle with cancer.

He was born in Montana in 1952 to Richard and Roberta Lewis. He attended McKinleyville High School, where he was a part of the 1970 Championship football team, before he attended College of the Redwoods and was part of their 1970 State Championship football team.

Denis had a deep love for his family and never forgot to show Kathy, his wife of 38 years, and his daughter, Kailee, just how much he loved them. They were the light of his life, and he would do anything for their happiness. He would often be seen hitting the bike trails all around Humboldt with Kathy and he never missed a chance to go grocery shopping with Kailee on Sundays.

An avid athlete, he rode the 100 miles of the Tour of the Unknown Coast, played for the Humboldt Rugby Club for 12 years, and played softball with a soft spot in his heart for the Babe’s One for the Road over 50s league team.

At 6 ft. 4 in., Denis was known as the gentle giant of the kindergarten classroom where he was a teacher’s aide for Ms. Moriarty at Ridgewood Elementary until he retired in 2010. For his “retirement” job, Denis worked as a delivery driver for Babe’s Pizza and Pasta, where he became a pro at folding boxes, driving just a bit too fast and sneaking pepperoni into his pockets for a snack.

Denis will always be remembered for his kindness and his rare brand of friendliness. He will live in our hearts forever and we will treasure every moment that we got to spend with such a great man.

Denis was preceded in death by his father Richard, his mother Bobbi, his brother Ricky and his sister Diane.

He was survived by his wife, Kathy; his daughter, Kailee; his son-in-law, Mike; his brother, David; his sister-in-law, Sue; his brother, Donny; his sister-in-law, Karen; and many other friends and family members.

An informal celebration of life will be held at Babe’s Pizza and Pasta located at 4015 Walnut Dr, Eureka, CA, United States, California starting at 3 p.m. on Sunday February 25, 2024. Please stop by, hang out, and bring your favorite memories of Denis.


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