Walter Dave Lewis

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Walter Dave Lewis was born August 2, 1964 in San Saba. We lost Dave earlier this week as a result of complications from a liver condition he had battled with courage and quiet dignity for the last seven (7) months.

Dave was a loving son and best friend to his mother, Billie Fay Fitzgerald Lusty of San Saba, and his father, Walter A. Lewis, a native of San Saba but now living in Cross Plains. He was a loving brother and best friend to Teresa Hardman and Glenna Boyd of San Saba.

Dave was a loving father and is survived by his three beautiful boys: Dustin Dave Lewis, Stephen Blake Lewis and Samuel Bryce Lewis. A special thank you goes to Dana Holland and Paula McCall for mothering his three boys who were Dave's life. His sons and their families include: Dustin Dave and wife, Sammie Jo, with two daughters, Skylar and Paige, of San Saba; Stephen Blake and wife, Danielle, Kerrville, Texas; and Samuel Bryce Lewis of San Saba.

He is survived by his parents: Billie Fay and Darrell Lusty of San Saba, and Walter and Sue Lewis of Cross Plains, Texas (children, Sherry and Krit Murray); sister, Teresa Hardman and husband, Dennis, with children: Caelob, Heather, and Jaec of San Saba, and Jeramy Gristy and wife, Jeanie (son, Rayne), of Horseshoe Bay, Texas; sister, Glenna Boyd and husband, Steve, of San Saba, with children: Brandon Higginbotham and wife, Laura, with son, William, and daughter, Annie, of Mt. Pleasant, Texas; and Chase Higginbotham of San Saba. Dave is also survived by his step-sister, Aimee Lusty and her children, Reef and Harper Williams, of Fort Worth; and his step-brother, Jason Lusty and wife, Caroline, and children, Carson and Nate, of Fort Worth.

Dave was preceded in death by his paternal grandparents, Milfred A. and Mary Belle Lewis of San Saba; and his maternal grandparents, Curtis and Lura Fitzgerald of Algerita, Texas.

Dave lived in San Saba all his life. He was active in sports. During his high school years, he played baseball and football. Coach Schulze was Dave’s hero until the end. He talked of Coach Schulze throughout his life and what an impact he had made.

He loved fishing, hunting, riding motorcycles and just having fun. Life to Dave was all about family being together, laughing telling stories and just simply enjoying life. Dave also loved Elvis and constantly listened to him! He loved imitating his songs and did a good job of it.

He was involved in his boys’ school events and sports. He saved every newspaper clipping that was published about his boys. Dave also loved coaching their little leagues throughout their school years. He was so proud of them as they walked that aisle at graduation.

Dave was a devout Christian and was a member of Parkview Baptist Church of San Saba. He was also a proud Son, Brother, Daddy, PawPaw, and a Fill-in Brother and Dad to so many, as well as best friend to anyone who crossed his path.

His pursuit of a paint and body career led him to a lifetime of repairs. Dave owned and operated paint and body shops for 36 years. He started off having the love for vehicles in high school. He loved racing and hot rods.

Dave started working on souping up and detailing cars during the year of 1980 in his family's driveway. He always had a need for class and speed. Dave bought his first motorcycle in 1978. He owned more motorcycles than can be counted! However, there was one car that was the love of his life, and that was a '67 Camaro, metallic ice-blue.

Dave was an avid sports enthusiast and a lifelong fan of several professional sports teams, the Cowboys first among them. In later years, he came to enjoy the peacefulness and remoteness of the home place and the opportunity it represented for quiet times with family and friends.

Dave's family extends their heartfelt thanks to the health care professionals at Baylor Scott and White (off 71 in Marble Falls); to the loving care of Solaris with a special note to Sabra Ward and Taylor Nunez, who expressed deep love and compassion for Dave and his family during his last days here on earth.

We are also grateful for the following: all the family and friends who brought stories to Dave’s bedside; the compassion and comfort that was poured out over the family during this sad time; the food that unexpectedly came daily; Brother Sam, who makes a hard journey understandable and acceptable through the Word; and to family coming together and setting aside their needs to be with Dave every possible moment.

Dave’s funeral was held on Thursday, April 11th, at San Saba's First Baptist Church. Funeral arrangements were under the direction of Blaylock Funeral Home, San Saba.

For those who wish, in lieu of flowers, Dave’s family would appreciate donations to the San Saba Volunteer Fire Department, or to another charity of your choice.

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