Lewis Gordon Willson Jr.

October 3, 1937November 30, 2018

Lewis G. Willson, 81 of Novato, CA passed away Friday, November 30th, 2018.

Lewis was born in Modesto, CA on October 3rd, 1937 to Dorothea and Lewis Willson Sr.

Lew graduated from Thomas Downey High School and received a bachelor’s degree from San Francisco State University where he studied television broadcasting. He went on to study business at San Jose State. Lew served in the Air Force Reserves in 1960.

Lew was married to Sharon Cooke in 1961, and raised two children together in San Carlos, CA before divorcing in 1986. He was married to Francis Elm from 1996 -2002.

Lew had a career in Human Resources as a Personnel Analyst for San Mateo County and then Marin County from where he retired in ’94. After retirement he started a financial consulting service. In his younger years Lew enjoyed automobiles, taking part in school plays & sports and snow skiing in the Sierras - later in life he enjoyed collecting local art, gardening, music of all kinds and he loved to dance. He was a member of the Elks Club in Novato and contributed to many animal and environmental funds.

Lew is survived by his loving family, daughter Michele and son Brent, his two grandchildren Alton and Roland and his sister Sue McKenna. Lew’s sense of humor, charming blue eyes and great smile will be remembered always.

Lew was laid to rest at Lakewood Memorial Park in Hughson, CA on Dec. 17th.

A memorial service and a celebration of Lew’s life will be held at 2pm, January 25th, 2019

at Keaton’s Redwood Chapel of Marin. 1801 Novato Blvd. Novato, CA 94947


  • Celebration of Life Thursday, January 25, 2018
  • Visitation Monday, December 17, 2018

Lewis Gordon Willson Jr.

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