Michael G. Lewis
- Assistant Helitack Manager
- USDA Forest Service, Payette National Forest
- Age: 37
- Year of Death: 2006
Submitted by his Parents
Michael Gene Lewis
November 14‚ 1968 – August 13‚ 2006
How do you describe someone in 450 words that had such a passion for life and lived his short life of 37 years to the fullest? Here are a few things that describe Mike; loving and caring‚ happy‚ sincere‚ mischievous‚ helpful‚ compassionate‚ kind‚ full of wisdom‚ natural leader‚ world traveler‚ deep water certified diver‚ loved sports‚ smart‚ a gifted writer‚ teacher who loved learning‚ trusted friend‚ and loved by all who knew him.
Mike started working for the forest service soon after he graduated from high school. He started on a fire engine as a rookie‚ and soon was a manager of the engine and then the station. Mike had many fire fighter job descriptions and skills. His largest contribution to the forest service was his gifted ability as a teacher. His teachings included formal fire related courses in classroom settings as well as hands on rappel training and helicopter related topics; his last position was as an assistant helicopter crew supervisor stationed at Krassel‚ Idaho. The people he worked with loved and respected him. He was a humble man‚ wanting praises for others‚ never himself.
‘Possessions’ did not make Mike happy. The things that did bring him joy‚ contentment and fulfillment was his family and friends‚ he never knew a stranger. He was always there for each and every one with a kind word and encouragement‚ someone you could talk to and trust‚ he never judged others‚ and if asked to help out in any type of job needing to be done‚ either work or personal related‚ gave himself 110%.
Mike had always been a leader on this earth‚ and with that thought I now envision him waiting at heavens gate ahead of us to greet all that grieve for him now with a smile that‚ at this very moment‚ lights up heaven as we cross over to his side and we will feel his and God’s loving embrace and a huge welcome and hug that we have been missing since Mike entered God’s eternal kingdom.
Mike had a framed print that he loved and lived his life by‚ and would be pleased to have this passed on to those he leaves behind…
The Essence of a New Day….
‘This is the beginning of a new day. You have been given this day to use as you will. You can waste it or use it for good. What you do today is important because you are exchanging a day of your life for it. When tomorrow comes‚ this day will be gone forever; in its place is something that you have left behind….let it be something good.’
In honor of those not here today‚ pass a kindness forward.
Miss you buddy.– Rob Frisk