Michael Lewis recalls his love for his family and Broomfield
Michael Lewis was the kind of person who cared about talking to everyone he knew.
He was kind, generous and would do anything for anyone, his daughter Alissa Lorenz said. He was planning a coffee or lunch with friends just to catch up. Lewis was killed last week while trying to stop attempts by Joseph Maestas-Sanchez to break into cars in the Sunridge neighborhood in Lewis.
“It’s funny, a lot of my friends and my brother’s friends that we grew up with responded to our Facebook post and told us these stories,” Alissa said. “My brother and I were both athletes and our children are athletes. (My dad) got to know the parents of athletes, the parents we played with. … To this day, he has never forgotten a face.
Alissa and her brother, Sean Lewis, are both graduates of Broomfield High School and Alissa’s three children are all graduates of Broomfield High School. Lewis made a point of attending sporting events for his children, then his grandchildren, and he also coached several teams in which his children were a part.
Alissa and Sean felt the full extent of their father’s impact on the community in the days following the tragedy.
Over the weekend, Alissa learned that the Windsor High School softball team had laid out the flowers for Lewis in right field at a softball tournament, “because that’s where he was. always sat down ”. Lewis was also recalled during a game at Rock Creek.
“His weekends were on the field or on the tennis courts or at track and field competitions,” Alissa said. “He made a point of not missing anything. When my brother and I were growing up he never missed any of our games or meetings or anything.
Alissa’s youngest daughter recently received a scholarship to play softball at a Florida school.
“Which has been one of the hardest things. He was so proud of her. He can’t go and watch her, ”she said.
Lewis had lived in the Sunridge Circle condo for at least 30 years, Alissa said, although he had lived in Broomfield “forever,” she added. Lewis and the children’s mother divorced when Alissa and Sean were young.
Lewis had only worked for two companies during his career. He retired from his job in customer service about five years ago, and before that he worked for Atlas Copco. Alissa said he would have retired with Atlas Copco if the company had not closed. He was honorably discharged from the military and Alissa said Lewis enjoyed playing with the 10th Mountain Division again.
“It’s her other passion, her country,” she says. What he did, he would do it again 100 times knowing the result. He lived to protect his family and his neighbors.
A GoFundMe has been created in the name of Alissa and Sean. People who knew Lewis shared some of their memories in the comments.
“Mike was a great guy. I worked with him and played softball and basketball with him in the early 1970s, ”one commentator wrote.
“I have worked with Mike for over 13 years. We immediately became friends because I grew up in the 80s right next to him. He was still talking about Broomfield and his family. A good man. I will miss him, ”shared another commenter.
Lewis loved to tell a classic “daddy joke” and was always anxious to find out where someone’s kid was going to college or what sports he played.
“He really cared about people and what they were doing,” she said. When his son tried pole vaulting, Lewis learned all about the sport just to understand and be able to make jokes with his son.
Alissa said she and Sean would love to see pictures of their father and hear any stories people might have.
The GoFundMe can be found at bit.ly/38jn1aP.