Clayton W. Lewis
Clayton "Ole Dad" Lewis passed away on Tuesday, December 21, 2010, at Providence Medical Center, in Medford, Ore. He was born on February 4, 1916, in Wausau, Wis., to Elmer and Anna Belle Lewis. Clayton grew up in Everett, Wash., as the oldest of their five sons. In high school, he played on the tennis team and majored in accounting. These accomplishments served him well all of his life. Clayton moved to Medford, Ore., in 1937, to take a job at U.S. National Bank, and, in 1944, opened his own accounting business.
Clayton was a very successful public accountant who prided himself on his integrity, setting a good example for others and helping his many clients with their accounting and tax
preparation needs. He loved his work and often could be found working in his home office until late at night. He retired at 91 only because he developed a problem with his eyesight.
Clayton met his beloved Martha Robinson when she was working at the Craterian Theatre, and asked her to work for him at his new accounting firm, Lewis Accounting Service. They had a five-year courtship and were married on September 24, 1949. They were partners in life like few others. They worked together, played together and even played golf together. His beloved Martha Lewis passed away in 1994, and he missed her terribly the last 16 years of his life.
"Ole Dad" enjoyed competition. He excelled at golf, tennis and bowling and has a multitude of trophies to prove it. He was an exceptional bowler and is in the Bowling Hall of Fame. Clayton enjoyed playing golf with his friends and felt he had the chance to influence a lot of young players over the years. That made him very happy. He prided himself on setting a good
example and once said, "You can leave ideas in people's minds, and that's like living
Clayton joined the Rogue Valley Country Club many years ago, was its president several times and remained a member until his death. He spent many years golfing and socializing there with his many close friends. He won the Southern Oregon Senior Golf Tournament in 1977 and 1979, and was the Rogue Valley Country Club Senior Champion four times. He played in over 50 consecutive Southern Oregon Golf Tournaments. He once said, "Golf has been one of the greatest things that ever happened to me. Playing golf, I have never met anybody I played with that I didn't like."
Clayton moved to Pioneer Village, in Jacksonville, Ore., in December 2009, and truly enjoyed his life there this past year. He made wonderful friends of the many residents, as well as the very caring staff.
Clayton was preceded in death by his beloved wife, Martha Lewis; mother and father, Elmer and Anna Belle Lewis; and his four brothers, LeRoy (Dubb) Lewis, Elmer Lewis, Clifford Lewis and Michael Lewis. He is survived by his daughter, Carol Lewis Burnett; grandchildren, Krista Sorensen, Eda Burnett, Kimberly Miles, Jeffrey Burnett, David Morris and John Burnett;
beloved friends Dean, Lynn, Nicole and Amanda Keller, and Pamela and Dennis Murphy;
fourteen great-grandchildren; and five great-great-grandchildren.
A memorial and celebration of Clayton's life was held at the Medford Conger Morris Funeral Chapel on Monday, December 27, 2010, at 11:00 a.m., and he was buried at Siskiyou Memorial Park in Medford, Ore. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Hearts With A Mission, 711 Medford Center, #334, Medford, OR., 97504, and/or RVCC Junior GOlf, 2660 Hillcrest Road, Medford, OR., 97504.