Lewis Craigo Sarasy was born on July 14, 1925, in Janesville, Wisconsin, to Ralph and Florence Sarasy.
A World War II Army Air Corps veteran, Lewis flew on various heavy bombers as a gunner. While stationed at Alamogordo, New Mexico, with a B-29, Lewis witnessed the Trinity Atomic Bomb test while waiting on the flight line in July 1945.
In 1952, Lewis met and married Phyllis Powell. Soon after marrying, they moved to New York City where they started their family and Lewis began his lifelong career in commercial real estate. In 1969, the family moved to California, where he and Phyllis raised their two sons, Brian and Graham, on the Belvedere Lagoon.
As an avid traveler and outdoorsman, Lewis embarked on many fly-fishing adventures with his “Rover Boys” fishing group. He fished around the Western United States and Canada, always taking his favorite “Royal Wulff” fly in his tackle box and his yellow Labrador retriever at his side.
During his long life he maintained an active interest in aviation. He owned several Bellanca aircraft, and before hanging up his “wings” at 82 he was a proud member of the United Flying Octogenarians. After his “wings” were clipped, he became the gentleman in a bomber jacket and goggles one would see riding his latest electric tricycle around the neighborhood, greeting passersby with a twinkle in his eye and a friendly smile.
Lewis touched many peoples lives and was an inspiration to many he met.
On September 11, 2021, Lewis passed away peacefully in his home of 52 years. He will be remembered for his friendly charm, contagious optimism and can-do attitude.