|Birth: ||May 27, 1913|
|Death: ||Jun. 15, 1991|
Lewis, age 78, was born in Selma, the son of Raymond L. and Mabel E. (Moore) Coles. He grew up in that community where his grandfather was in the construction business and his father also was a builder and farmer. He came to Hanford in the last seven years. He was a 1935 graduate of the then-Fresno State College, where he starred as a football player, and he maintained a lifelong interest in sports. After college, Lewis moved to Southern California, but returned about 1940 to become athletic coach at Selma High School four years, an assignment that involved all sports. He then went to Parlier as woodshop teacher/coach for another four years. He left education to enter the insurance business in Fresno for 12 years, but in 1968 returned to his first love - working with school children -and he taught woodshop and history at junior high school in Malaga. After the Malaga schools were absorbed into the Fowler School District, he became principal/teacher of Fowler High School continuation school, a post he held until retirement in about 1973. A number of Kings County residents also remember him as a fruit buyer for a major cannery during the summertime. He attended the Hanford First United Methodist Church and was a member of the Kiwanis Club of Hanford. He was survived by his wife, the former Elsie Bennett; two sons, Lewis and Ronald.
Elsie Bennett Coles (1920 - 2005)*
Floral Memorial Park
Created by: JC
Record added: Dec 05, 2010
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