Forrest Lewis was born in Miami, Oklahoma, on Jan. 11, 1949, to Orville and Billie Lewis, the eldest of their three children. He moved to Livermore in 1960, and graduated from Livermore High School, where he excelled in football and track, in 1967.
While in high school, he met the love of his life, Carla Viale, whom he married in the summer of 1967. They had one son, also named Forrest, who later blessed them with three grandchildren, Danielle, Ashley, and Taite.
Forrest started a career in construction working for Roy Jenson, and became a journeyman carpenter. He and Carla purchased a lot in south Livermore, and by the age of 28, he had built their dream home from the foundation up, buying the materials one paycheck at a time.
Forrest then transitioned to a long career at the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, where he became a senior superintendent.
As a young boy, he loved exploring Livermore’s countryside, and that continued throughout his life. Eventually, he bought property in the Livermore hills that he had hunted as a young man, and with the help of his family, turned it into a beautiful ranch for the family to enjoy for years to come. Another joy of Forrest’s life was travel, and together with Carla, they were able to visit every continent.
Forrest was a great friend and mentor to many throughout his life. Toward the end, asked to summarize his daily prayer, he answered simply, “Thank you.” He faced his diagnosis of ALS (amyotrophic lateral sclerosis) with the same courage, humility, and grace that exemplified his life and made him the rock of his family, always with good humor and a smile on his face even in the hardest of circumstances.
In addition to his wife, son, and grandchildren, Forrest is survived by his sister, Sibyl Lewis, and brother, Chuck Lewis.
A celebration of Forrest’s life will take place at a later date when we can hug each other. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made in Forrest’s name to the ALS Golden West Chapter in Agoura Hills, California.