OBITUARY

Clayton Lewis, M.D.

February 10, 1923November 21, 2020
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CLAYTON LEWIS, M.D. Appropriate to his adventuresome life, Clayton was born in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean aboard the SS George Washington. At age 15, he left school and sailed for Europe. Upon hitting port in London, he bought a camera and recorded his year of exploring England and Europe. Clayton served in the Navy during WWII during the Korean War then he transferred to the Army, where he served as a Captain in a Surgical Service in Germany. Clayton was fully trained in General Surgery and Board Certified at University of Michigan Medical School. At Michigan State University, he worked to develop teaching methods for training medical students in patient interaction and communications and was a Governor of the American College of Surgeons. While in a private surgical practice, he taught surgery at Michigan State University. He had a life-long passion for fine arts and photography. He studied photography under Ansel Adams, and his photographsand oil paintings were sold and displayed in Santa Fe, NMgalleries. Clayton’s interests also included: fly fishing, sail boats, sail boarding, tennis, skiing, scuba diving, camping, rafting and hiking. He was a Southwest gold medalist in swimming in the Senior Olympics. He placed to swim in the Senior Nationals in Louisiana. Clayton lived in Santa Fe for 50 years. While there he fell in love and married Gloria Lewis. He designed and built an incredibly beautiful home for the two. It was built on a mountain side in Santa Fe with a broad picturesque vista of the New Mexican sunsets and valleys below. During their 40 plus years together they traveled to Africa, Egypt, Europe, Asia, Canada and most of the United States. Five years ago, Clayton and Gloria moved to Roswell, Georgia. Clayton was adored by three children, five stepchildren and thirteen grandchildren to whom he was known to sing sea shanties. Clayton was known for his keen intellect and generosity. His adventurous spirit and curiosity were contagious. He was greatly loved and will be missed.

Services

  • Visitation

    Tuesday, December 1, 2020

  • Funeral Service

    Wednesday, December 2, 2020

Memories

Clayton Lewis, M.D.

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Jeanne Hadley

April 14, 2021

Clayton was the most incredible man I have ever known. He was full of life and curious about everything. He showed me through example about how he approached life with zest, love, and curiosity and I will never forget. He was always sweet to me and I don’t remember him ever being cross with anyone; this wasn’t his way. He lived his life to the fullest with Gloria, friends and family and to have known him was a privilege !
Sing your songs , paint your stories, and share your joy! You have a new adventure now and I’m sure you will tackle it as you did before! Rest In Peace Clayton. You were loved by many, including me.

Gloria Lewis

December 10, 2020

Dearest Clayton, you are the love of my life. Thank you for over forty years of love and adventure. Your beautiful spirit is still with me, still sharing your brilliant mind and goodness of soul. Wait for me; I’ll join you, and we will explore the universe together. Warm tender memories tend my heart till we meet again.
Your loving Gloria

Charles Lewis

December 1, 2020

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Charles Lewis

December 1, 2020

Charles Lewis

December 1, 2020

Mallory White

November 30, 2020

Clayton is an inspiration. It is, and has been, an ongoing privilege to
know Clayton and Gloria. We have had so many interesting
conversations about so many different things. He was a treasure trove of knowledge and creativity and I will surely miss his "zest"
for life. My warmest wishes to all of his family.

Bill Adkison

November 28, 2020

As a colleague and friend, Clayton was always positive, generous, and FUN! His joie de vivre was truly infectious. I join his countless friends in celebrating a most remarkable life.

Beau Pinkerton

November 27, 2020

Clayton was a best friend for over 45 years. We were colleagues in medicine in Santa Fe , NM. We shared many common interests including tennis, skiing, windsurfing, fly fishing, photography, attempts to out-fox the stock marker, travel, and many many more. Clayton was always positive and could discuss any subject with knowledge. He was truly a renaissance man. I considered him my big brother and have an abundance of pleasant memories. His long life covered nearly a century and he was lucky to live it to the fullest. Rest in peace my brother.

Bob Lewis

November 26, 2020

I only had the privilege of knowing Clayton for the last year and a half where we were next door neighbors in what we called the “Lewis Wing” here at Vickery Rose but he and Gloria became very close friends! I thoroughly enjoyed every conversation we had together! Such an interesting, wonderful man! Rest in peace dear friend!
Bob Lewis

Roswell Funeral Home & Green Lawn Cemetery and Mausoleum

November 25, 2020

The staff of Roswell Funeral Home and Green Lawn Cemetery would like to extend our most sincere condolence to the Lewis Family. We would like to thank you for entrusting the care of your love one into our hands. Please remember you are not alone and we will always be here for you.

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