PUYALLUP - Jon Russell Lewis, 68, died Feb. 24, 2009, in Puyallup. He was born Nov. 27, 1940, in Oakland, Calif., to Robert Gunnell Lewis and Doris (Russell) Lewis.
He graduated from Grant High School in Portland in 1958. In 1962 he obtained his bachelor's degree from Linfield College in McMinnville, Ore. He then attended one year of seminary at Berkeley Baptist Divinity School in California. His former mother-in-law, Sue Thair, suggested he consider teaching children as a way to combine his desire to work with youth and his skills in teaching and math. He returned to Linfield and earned his master's degree in education in 1965. He and his former wife, Sandy Fidel, raised their children and worked in McMinnville for 20 years.