Memorial Day Post Script… Remembering The Heroes Who Served Communities They Loved…

Byron Lewis, a great one, indeed…

Byron Lewis, Depoe Bay, Oregon

Byron and Marcia Lewis became our dear neighbors in 2005. We moved into a small community by the sea, called Little Whale Cove, a tad south of Depoe Bay, Oregon. Marcia, a dear and loving friend, now lives in the valley near Portland following Byron’s passing…

Byron passed away after a long battle with cancer. He and I served on the Board of Neighbors for Kids in Depoe Bay for 6 years and more…

This was the beginning of the next chapter of my own journey of healing. It was Byron Lewis who moved my soul to write my story.

It was Byron who convinced me to build Children and Families in Life After Trauma as a technology platform to sell books. Judy and Marcia supported us always, even when it was painful, with heads shaking, boots kicking asses, no doubt…

Byron kept telling me, “Duuude,” You have to write a “Blog!” I looked at him, thought he was jokin’ and said, “what’s that shit, Duuude?!”

It was Byron, who pointed to Neighbors for Kids new building next to the friendly Shell station next door. NFK was gifted a temporary location in a repurposed building and property back then.

It was the City of Depoe Bay that got behind a grand idea to build a “after-school” program. You know, a place for kids to hang, learn, play in a safe place, after the school house closed at 3pm… It became a public private philanthropic partnership, the Star of Depoe Bay and Lincoln County, that lives on today after over 20 years…

It was Byron Lewis who said to me, “hey, Sparky, we should go and find out about Neighbors for Kids, duuude!” We always dramatized endearments and salutations. I mentor them to most I know, to this day, “duuude!”

Neighbors for Kids honors Byron each year for his love of surfing, and the kids who dreamed of riding big waves at Agate. Every summer, surfing conditions permitting, we celebrate his memory at this annual surfing event. https://neighborsforkids.org/keiki-kowabunga-challenge/

Byron ‘s favorite surf spot, Agate Beach at Yaquina Head…

It was Byron, who helped me write my first book, Reconciliation a Son’s Story, including his own words in many places, and places in between lines…too.

I was with my pal from the beginning of our journey as best friends in 2005 until he passed on. A few days before he passed, we went for our last walk in the rain forest to the Cove. We hung out there often with his favorite furry loved one,William, and the clan.

More often, it was just us duuudes, kicking rocks, picking up shells, talkin’ trash ‘n dreamin’ about the big waves we used to catch near San Diego. We dreamed big, Byron ‘n me…

We are still close pals, you know, Byron ‘n me. He hangs with me each day like we used too. He sits on my shoulder guiding me just like he used to…

Byron and Marcia Lewis https://www.facebook.com/marcia.lewis.961

We are still a team, too, Byron ‘n me. He’s the strategic side of my soul. He guides me to follow my heart and soul.

“Let’s do the right thing,” he would always say. Even when I wanted to do the wrong thing…

Byron did so much for our broader community in his time. He advanced the causes we both cared about, especially education, healthy kids, technology, and the sea…

Byron helped build Neighbors for Kids until he couldn’t. I still help Byron with that too…

Byron is missed dearly everyday by many, I know, but he still lives in our hearts and souls. He keeps my feet on the ground too. “The voice of reason” we would all say most days about Byron.

Rest in peace, “ol’ surf duuude!” Talk later…

Steve and Judy Sparks
Children and Families in Life After Trauma

Byron filmed my very first YouTube back then. This one remains the most popular of all… Byron did this kind of stuff too, and mentored me along the way. We are still a team, Byron and me…

Imagine the impact of friends and loved ones like Byron Lewis in your life. Huge, duuude!

Byron Lewis, as my subconscious angel, helped me write my latest book with Judy Sparks…