Jerry Varden Lewin

By From page A2 | December 30, 2013

Jerry Lewin

Aug. 2, 1933 — Dec. 23, 2013

Jerry passed away at his home after a brief illness and surrounded by his family. He is survived by his wife of 60 years, Mary Lewin; his son, Dean Lewin (Denise) of Casper, Wyo.; his daughter, Kari Buhman (Terry) of Placerville; his son, Paul Lewin of Eugene, Ore.; grandchildren, Jennifer, John (Lisa), Matt (Tammy), William and Michael; and great-grandchildren, Jonathon, Ethan, Dallas, Charlee, Kaitlyn and a new baby due in January. He also leaves behind his sisters, Lenna Spencer and Mabel Schrenk; his brother, David Lewin (Debbie); and many other family members. He was preceded in death by his parents, Minta and Lloyd Lewin; brothers, Zane and Danny Lewin; sister, Jeannie Walker; and grandson, Jeffrey Buhman.

Jerry was a wonderful husband, father and grandfather. He believed in honesty, integrity and fairness. He enjoyed spending time with his family in many ways. When he became ill his grandsons and family rallied around him to help get his 1922 Model T running again for one more ride.

Jerry was born in Los Angeles as one of seven children. His family moved to Camino when he was 12 years old. It was there that he met the love of his life, Mary Alice Noe Barrett. They married in 1954 and spent the first two years living in Honolulu while Jerry was stationed at Pearl Harbor. Jerry spent four years on the destroyer escort, USS FOSS DE59. He also spent time as a surveyor who surveyed the Georgetown area for the USGS, Christmas Valley, Ponderosa High School and many other areas in the county. When he was a carpenter he helped build the grandstands at the fairgrounds. In 1965 he was hired as a fireman for the Camino–Pollock Pines Fire Department, where he had been a volunteer.

In 1972 Jerry moved his family to Powell, Wyo., to try his hand at farming, but returned to the area a couple years later. In 1975 he was hired as the first paid fire chief for the Shingle Springs Fire Department. During his 16 years as fire chief he was part of the Arson Investigation Task Force. He also was involved in implementation of several programs within his district and the county, including coordination of the first 911 system for his district through the Sheriffs department, the Mutual Aid response between districts and CDF and putting ambulances throughout the county with trained personnel. Near his retirement in 1991 he became the Deputy Chief to help implement the consolidation of multiple fire districts into the current El Dorado County Fire District.

A graveside service will be held on Thursday, Jan. 2, 2014, at 1 p.m., at Westwood Hills Cemetery on Cold Springs Road in Placerville. A celebration of life get-together will follow. Online condolences may be posted at


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