April 29, 1950-August 11, 2018
“Gone too soon but never forgotten”
Shannon Lamont Lewis was born on April 29, 1950 at the Douglas Hospital in Douglas, Arizona to Robert Lee Lewis and Valaska Taliferro Powers Lewis. Shannon was one of five boys in the family. Shannon was raised in Pirtleville, Arizona and attended the Immaculate Conception Church where he was an alter boy. He attended Douglas School and was active in football and baseball. Shannon graduated in 1969 from Douglas High School.
After graduation, Shannon went on to attend Arizona Western College on a sports scholarship. He graduated from AWC and transferred to NAU under a football scholarship where he graduated with a master’s in Criminal Justice.
Shannon began his law enforcement career with DPS on January 1974. Shannon was stationed in Flagstaff and was a member of the SWAT team. In 1990 Shannon transferred to Phoenix into the Intelligence Unit Gang Squad. In 1994 Shannon served with GITEM until his retirement in November 2001. Shannon was very involved in GITEM and was a member of “Mothers Against Gangs”. He had a passion for working with kids. While he was stationed in Flagstaff, he was an assistant Flagstaff Eagles Coach.
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After his retirement from DPS Shannon went to work for the security department of American Express where he served for over 10 years until medical issues forced his retirement. Shannon loved his work and loved to travel.
Shannon was preceded in death by his parents, Robert and Valaska; brothers Wendell “Bobby” Lealand and Vullen “Bugsy” Latham. His last two brothers Edmond “Bunny” Lee and Harlan “Button” Rupert passed on shortly after Shannon.
Shannon is survived by his son Kevin Lewis (Kristin Kerr) and daughter Melinda Lewis; 4 grandsons, many nieces and nephews; god sister Patricia Rhodes; longtime companion Pam Turner; lifetime friends Jim and Betty Caldwell, Charlie Ruiz, Hector Leon, Rorry Wilson and many many other friends.
Shannon loved people and he was loved by many. He was an avid jogger, loved the outdoors, enjoyed calligraphy, pencil art and above all he loved food. Memories can be shared with his family and friends online at www.norvelowensmortuary.com