Kay M Lewis
March 11, 1936 – January 5, 2021
Kay Michie Lewis 1936 - 2021 Kay Michie Lewis, 84, of Salt Lake City, Utah, passed away at his home on January 5th, 2021, surrounded by his beloved wife and all of his living children. He was born on March 11, 1936 in Heber City, Utah, the son of Earl Provost and Fern Michie (Provost) Lewis. His parents moved to Provo, Utah where Kay spent all of his childhood and attended Provo High School, where he excelled in sports, drama and debate. Kay was a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints and was called to serve as a missionary in the Mexico North Mission. With the inception of traveling proselyting tours, Elder Lewis enjoyed playing basketball and singing in a chorus as the Elders traveled all over the Northern Mexico mission and spread the gospel. Elder Lewis possessed a strong, unwavering testimony of the gospel and adored sharing it with others. After serving his mission, Kay matriculated at Brigham Young University where he met his sweetheart, Sherlyn Hart. They were married in the Idaho Falls Temple on March 18, 1960. After graduating from BYU with a bachelor’s degree in English, Kay and Sherlyn moved to Salt Lake where Kay entered the University of Utah Law School where he received his J.D. Kay was a respected attorney and litigator, grew his own, well-respected, law firm, Jensen & Lewis, and worked for 50 years serving the Salt Lake community before he retired. His deep, resonant, base voice commanded attention in a courtroom. Kay cherished his dear wife, Sherlyn, and loved his family. They are the parents of six children. Kay was always a gentleman to his wife and taught his boys to honor and respect women. Moreover, he taught his children, through action and deed, that work was a blessing and a key to success and happiness. Kay was a gifted orator, endeared storyteller and big-hearted man who entertained his children and grandchildren with his witty, original stories. He always made time for annual family trips throughout the States, including Alaska and Hawaii, Mexico as well as Europe. Kay and Sherlyn served in many capacities in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. Two of Kay’s favorite callings were Bishop of a University of Utah Student ward and Mission President of the McAllen, Texas mission. He enjoyed the hard work, relished the opportunity to work with young people and thrived on serving the Lord again in the mission field. President and Sister Lewis keep in touch with numerous former missionaries who have become their second family. Kay was an avid outdoorsman who loved to hunt, fish, camp, snowmobile and tend to his horses. He savored the outdoors, especially the mountains. He was actively involved in the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation and served on the Executive Board for years. Nevertheless, the family ranch in Woodland, Utah, was his pride and joy. He found refuge at the ranch by working hard, basking in its pristine beauty, and enjoying its quiet solitude. There was nothing more satisfying, or invigorating, to Kay than to spend time at Woodland, surrounded by his wife, children, and grandchildren. His love for Woodland was easily passed to all his posterity. Kay was an ardent BYU fan where BYU sports were more than a passion; they were a way of life. He was a Golden Cougar Club member for years. At the same time, he used BYU sports as a vehicle to bring his family together, teach them about character and hard work and motivate them to reach for their own goals and aspirations. Kay created treasured memories with his children and grandchildren which will be cherished forever. Kay was a staunch advocate of education; he made it a priority to assure all his children attended college. He was a voracious reader and enjoyed biographies, classic literature, especially Shakespeare, and Westerns. One of his favorite quotes was from Louis L’Amour, “Every time a man gets up in the morning, he starts his life over…you can always start over, saddle a fresh horse and take another trail.” He was a pillar of strength who positively impacted many lives through kind and charitable acts throughout his lifetime. Kay is survived by his wife, Sherlyn; children, Brad K, Craig H (Desi), Laura (Paul) Goulding, Shaylyn, and Devin J (Caylee); 19 grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren. Kay is preceded in death by his daughter Julie; grandson Jaxon; siblings, Maxine Murdock, Sterling Lewis, Earlena Kimball and David Lewis; and parents. Due to Covid restrictions, a private funeral service will be held Wednesday, January 13th, 2021 at 1:00 p.m. at the Monument Park 17th Ward, 2795 Crestview Drive, Salt Lake City, Utah. The funeral may be viewed live or recorded on https://zoom.us/j/96811263459 . Interment will be at Wasatch Lawn in Salt Lake City. Online condolences may be shared at www.wasatchlawn.com. In lieu of flowers, the family would like donations to be made to the Perpetual Education Fund of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints.
Video of the missionaries: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1eawpXq7b6G57mp7mH51sQjfZWjKVY5y-/view?usp=sharing
- Sherlyn Lewis, Wife
- Julie Lewis Sedgwick, Daugther (deceased)
- Brad K. Lewis, Son
- Craig H. (Desi) Lewis, Son
- Laura (Paul) Goulding, Daughter
- Shaylyn Lewis, Daughter
- Devin J. (Caylee) Lewis, Son
- Kay is also survived by 19 grandchildren, two great-grandchildren and many other relatives and friends who will cherish his memory.
Private Family Funeral Service
Wednesday, January 13, 2021
Kay M Lewis
January 15, 2021
Kay was certainly a prince of a man- so kind with a voice and stature larger than life. I will truly miss his kind smile and greetings whenever I saw him at church or otherwise . He will be remembered for so many reasons. Sherlyn, I love you and send my best wishes and condolences . I’m here for you.
January 14, 2021
I was saddened by the passing of my law school classmate and long time friend, Kay Lewis. He was a fine lawyer, a good husband and a remarkable father. He worked hard. He had a good heart, He will be missed. May wonderful memories attend you at this difficult time.
With every good wish,
January 13, 2021
Kay was a great man and an inspiration to me as I attended college and later trained to be a lawyer. I have many wonderful memories of time spent with the Lewis family. One of my greatest regrets was losing touch with you—one of my favorite families of my youth. Kay took the time to make us, as college students feel special and include us in his great outdoor life. That means a great deal to young people and he will be greatly missed in that regard. My love and condolences to all the Lewis family. Rick Hartvigsen
January 13, 2021
My name is Miki Ha'o, and I served with President and Sister Lewis as Hermana Akoi in the Texas McAllen Mission in 2003. I love your parents dearly. I was serving in McAllen near the mission home when he first started as Mission President. He is a great leader and a great man, with a sense of humor and knew how to get down to business when it came to the Lord's work.
I hope that when it is my time to leave this earth I will have made an impact on someone as much as this man has made an impact on me.
He taught me what it means to truly be in the service of God. He taught me that when we love God we show it by loving his children, especially the ones that need the most help. He led by example.
My favorite memory of him is when he and Sister Lewis came to visit me as a college student at BYU- Hawaii . They came to watch me dance at the Polynesian Cultural Center and sat with me backstage during cast meeting/devotional. Since that time we have visited them in Utah and they even came to the Big Island! On his last visit to Hawaii in 2015 he gave each of my children a silver dollar. He told them to save it for their missions.
I love you Presidente! Thank you for the memories, the teachings, loving my husband and children, wearing your ALOHA shirt, and loving the people wherever you go.
We love you forever and ever.
Aloha 'oe -
Until we meet again.
January 13, 2021
Brad and family,
Someone I know recently passed away and I was looking for their obituary and came across Kay's. I have fond memories of being in your beautiful home while hanging out with Brad. Kay and Sherlyn always made me feel welcome and important. Brad, I miss seeing you and will always have fond memories of our summer trips together.
Best wishes always,
Daniel Ortiz inda
January 11, 2021
El Presidente Lewis era mi paisano cuando me entrevistaba cuando era misionero se refería ami como paisano siempre estará en mi corazón presidente Lewis le amamos a usted y su familia
January 11, 2021
Kay is a dear old friend. It was an honor to work closely with him at the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation. I always valued his advice and wise counsel.
Spending time with Kay and his sons Craig and Devon hunting and fishing on our family ranch brings back many wonderful memories. Rest in Peace old Pard. May the Lord's choicest blessings be with your family until we all are reunited in the eternity.
January 11, 2021
Conocí y serví junto al President Lewis en misión. Un líder increíble, siempre ayudando en el momento que sea. Vienen a mi mente increíbles recuerdos de Él y la Hna. Lewis. Descanse en paz querido presidente.
Janine Hernandez (Jovet)
January 11, 2021
President Lewis was like my second dad while I was on my mission. He was thoughtful, loving, had high expectations, a commanding voice, and a sincere concern for others. My first area as a new missionary included the mission home. From time to time, Sister Lewis would invite my companion and I to come by so she could make us a "green drink." On one of those visits I sat down on the sofa and my skirt pulled up enough to reveal the lower part of my calves, which were absolutely covered in mosquito bites. President Lewis was concerned and he had the mission nurse contact me the very next day. She gave me some suggestions of vitamins to take and foods to avoid and within three weeks I stopped getting bitten and had almost no bites for the remainder of my mission. It wasn't a huge thing, but I was better able to focus without the constant itching and discomfort (and I still use the information I gained each year during camping season to avoid becoming a tasty treat to the mosquitos). This was just one of many instances in which President's genuine love and concern for the well-being of others blessed me. I think of him and Sister Lewis often and although I've shed several tears since hearing word of his passing, I look forward with a bright hope to the joyous reunion that awaits us beyond this life. My prayers go up for all those most impacted by his passing to be granted peace and comfort to sustain them through this difficult separation.
January 10, 2021
Dear Lewis Family,
My name is Jason Turpin, a former missionary while Elder and Sister Lewis served in McAllen, Texas. Pres. Lewis reminded me of a happy and jolly Grandpa figure and reminded me of my own Grandpa. I enjoyed being in Bro. & Sis. Lewis' presence. They were both so caring and thoughtful. You could really feel a love that emulated from them during their visits at Zone Conferences. They both, really, took the time to learn any interests or concerns and help that you had or might need. They never failed to bring their signature party favors to each Zone Conference. A vegetable tray and homemade wintergreen hand sanitizer. I hold a special place in my heart for these two strong spirits. May your family be comforted at this time.
January 6, 2021
I AM SO SORRY
LOVE JOANNE BUTLER