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COMMUNITY SPOTLIGHT: Profile of a Lone Star man and inspiration

By ERIN BEIL

Staff writer

With kind eyes and a warm smile, you can find him on the trail, in the community and always lending a helping hand. Many people know Tex Lewis for his cowboy hat and community service, but there’s much more under his brim. We sat down with Silverdale’s own Lone Star and asked him the questions everyone wants to know the answers to.

Question: What is your favorite part of Silverdale?

Answer: It has to be the Clear Creek Trail.

Q: What’s your real name?

A: Quentin Edward David Lewis

Q: Why do they call you “Tex?”

A: That’s pretty straight up, I’ve got four sisters and they’re all named after states. I was the only boy, or the Lone Star State, so everyone called me Texas, even before I was born, and it got shortened to Tex.

Q: How many cowboy hats do you own?

A: Enough to keep my head dry.

Q: Do you have a favorite meal?

A: I guess it’d be salmon.

Q: What is your favorite flavor of ice cream?

A: Chocolate

Q: What is the biggest change you’ve seen since you’ve been in Silverdale?

A: Well, I think I’ve seen a transition to a more mature and a more community-oriented place. When we first came here, it was pretty much the mall, but now it’s more of a community-minded place.

Q: Do you have a favorite hobby?

A: Wood turning, I make those Clear Creek Creations and sell them for the endowment fund.

Q: Who would play you in a movie of your life?

A: Maybe Tom Selleck or someone like that.

Q: When did you get involved in the Clear Creek Trail?

A: I got involved around 1993 and I had been working with Paul Brittain. We decided to do something about a trail system.

Q: What is your first memory of Silverdale?

A: Probably a meeting with Paul Linder and Paul Brittain about issues the Chamber was voting on.

Q: Are you for or against Silverdale incorporation?

A: It has to happen. Last time I abstained from the vote because I wasn’t sure of the condition they would incorporate under. I think we need more local control of our decisions, but I hate seeing a replication of our county services.

Q: What is your favorite movie?

A: “A Christmas Story”

Q: Have you ever been in the military?

A: Yes, I was a Seabee in the Navy. They are the Navy’s construction and engineering outfit.

Q: Which local event do you always participate in?

A: Earth Day

Q: What has been your most memorable vacation spot?

A: Tahiti, it’s exotic and the people were very nice — it’s very relaxing.

Q: What is one thing do you want to try in your life?

A: I’d like to climb Mt. Rainier and hike Lake Quinault.

Q: If you could change one thing about Silverdale, what would it be and why?

A: I’d like to make it a more walkable community. I think they’re moving in that direction in some ways. I’d like to see kids be able to walk to school and more places for people to meet and relax ... like Europe.

Q: How many countries have you been to?

A: More than 20

Q: If you could have any magical power, what would it be?

A: To help people get along.

Q: What do you do for a living?

A: I do a little consulting and just hang around, and work on the Clear Creek Trail.

Q: How many organizations are you involved with?

A: The Clear Creek Trail, Central Kitsap Community Council, American Society of Civil Engineers, I’m a member of the Silverdale Chamber of Commerce and a Master Gardener.

Q: What’s your favorite holiday and why?

A: Christmas, it’s kind of a family time and a giving time.

Q: What’s your most embarrassing moment?

A: I’ve had several, I just can’t settle on one.

Q: What’s the worst job you’ve ever had?

A: I insulated an attic crawl space in July in Indiana, it was hot and sticky.

Q: If you could live anywhere in the world where would it be?

A: I’ve lived almost everywhere in the world and I’ve made that decision, here.

Q: How did you meet your wife?

A: I was in Okinawa, Japan, things got serious and I decided to settle down a little bit. So I took her on a date because my friend who was dating her was on a mission. We were engaged in three weeks and have been married for 46 years.

Q: What one person has made the biggest impression on your life?

A: My wife — she’s smart and understanding and I take some understanding.

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