Obituary for July 27, 2012

By Baker City Herald July 27, 2012 09:39 am

Marquess Lewis


Marquess Lynn Lewis, 83, a longtime Baker City resident, died July 24, 2012, at St. Alphonsus Care Center.  

Private family inurnment will be at Mount Hope Cemetery.

 Lynn was born on Jan. 28, 1929, at Baker City to Trudy and Marquess Clifton Lewis.  He lived in Richland until his father’s death at the age of 48. Lynn and his brother, Harlan, then lived with family and friends while his mother earned a living cooking in the area mines and ranches. Their mother finally made a permanent home for the family in Baker City.

 He started school at a one-room schoolhouse in Richland and rode a horse to school daily. Later he attended grade school and St. Francis Academy in Baker City and later graduated from Baker High in 1948.

 Lynn married Carol Duncan in Weiser, Idaho, on Nov. 17, 1950. They were married for 61 years. 

Lynn and Carol lived at Pondosa for 10 years, where he learned to grade lumber at the local mill. After the mill closed, the family moved to Baker City where he graded lumber at Ellingson Lumber Co. for 30 years. 

Survivors include his wife, Carol, of Baker City; his daughter, Carol Lynn Lewis of Portland; his grandsons, Nicholas and Christopher Gryniewski of Miami, Fla.; his granddaughter, Carrie Cundell of La Grande; his  daughter, Lynda Pearson, and son-in-law, Terry, of Baker City; his grandson, Bryan Pearson, and his wife, Emily, of La Grande; his son, Marquess Lynn Lewis Jr. and daughter-in-law, Dorothy; and his granddaughters, Jaymie and Sarah of Livermore, Calif.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his brother, Harlan, age 39; and his daughter, Lynn Ann, age 6.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Shriner’s Hospital for Children through Coles Tribute Center, 1950 Place St., Baker City, OR 97814.