Charles F. Lewis

Mar 14, 1936 - Mar 26, 2021

Charles F. Lewis

March 14, 1936 - March 26, 2021


It is with great sadness we announce Charles Franklin Lewis, "Chuck", 85, of Scottsdale, Arizona, passed away on the 26th of March 2021.

A celebration of life will take place at the Masonic Lodge in the Masonic Park in South Fork, Colorado on the 6th of July 2021.

Charles was born in Monte Vista, Colorado on the 14th of March 1936 to Frank and Maryanna Lewis. He graduated from Center High School and went to the Socorro School of Mines in New Mexico to study geology. He completed his Bachelor of Science in Chemistry at Adams State College in Alamosa, Colorado.

Charles was married to Janice Pauline Carroll on June 2nd, 1957, they were married for 64 years.

Charles began his career working with the Bureau of Mines in Salt Lake City, Utah and moved to Scottsdale, Arizona in 1963 where he worked as a Research Chemist at Arizona State University for more than 30 years, as well as being the curator of the Nininger Meteorite Collection, the largest in the world. He also worked for NASA during the Apollo moon missions, where he studied and analyzed the lunar samples.

His passion for minerals, fossils and meteorites was the highlight of his life and he was greatly respected among his peers around the world. He was an amazing wood worker as well as an accomplished jewelry maker. He was also an incredibly avid reader.

Charles is survived by his loving wife Janice Carroll Lewis, his five children; Janice Kathleen Lewis, of Vancouver, Canada, Dr. Kenneth Lewis of Grand Junction, Colorado, Koni Faver of Phoenix, Arizona, Kristyne Livingston of Hemet, California, Karen Hart of Phoenix, Arizona. He was blessed with nine grandchildren and ten great-grandchildren.

In lieu of flowers memorial donations may be made to:

Smithsonian Institution
National Museum of Natural History
PO Box 418320
Boston, MA 02241-8320

Add "Gift for the Dept of Mineral Sciences in honor of Charles F. Lewis" on check memo and/or include a letter with this information.

The Lewis family will be made aware of any donations made.


Tue, Jul 6, 2021
Masonic Lodge (Masonic Park)

63 Solamons Cir.
South Fork, CO 81154

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