Franklin Lewis, former Lobo and Alpine Cowboys baseball player
EL PASO - Roy Franklin Lewis, who played baseball for Sul Ross State University and was a member of the Alpine Cowboys baseball team, died Saturday, March 19, in El Paso. He was 76.
Viewing will be held from 5:30-8 p.m. Monday, March 28, at Martin Funeral Home West, 128 N. Resler in El Paso. Funeral services will be at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, March 29, at the Funeral Home.
Roy was born July 4, 1934, in La Mesa, N.M., to Luisa M. Lewis and Harold Lewis. He graduated from high school in Las Cruces in 1955.
Roy came to Sul Ross in 1954 on a baseball scholarship, and played for both the Lobos and the Alpine Cowboys semi-pro team. He graduated from Sul Ross in May 1958, and then taught school for several years in Lima, Peru, and in New Mexico. Roy returned to Alpine in 1963, receiving his master's degree from Sul Ross and coaching the Lobos from 1964-66.
In 1972, Roy began his career as a State Farm insurance agent in Silver City, N.M., and in 1998 established one of the largest State Farm agencies in greater El Paso, where he continued to work until his death.
Survivors include his wife of 39 years, Ramona Doolittle Lewis of El Paso; three children, Jeanne O'Donnell and husband Rick of Alpine, Scott Lewis of Longview and Nancy Donaldson and husband Larry of Fort Davis; five grandchildren, Betsy Donaldson, Corey Donaldson, Logan Lewis, Alex L. Almada and Erika L. Novosad; three great-grandchildren, Tristan, Jonah and Piper Donaldson.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorial donations be made to the Rotarian Education Fund.