Warren Fawthrop Lewis

Date of Birth

December 25, 1938

Date of Death

April 1, 2023

Longtime Santa Barbara resident Warren Fawthrop Lewis passed away peacefully at home on April 1, 2023.

Warren was born in Hastings, Nebraska along with his twin brother George, born on Christmas Day in 1938. Warrens parents were medical doctors and decided to move their family to a warmer climate and landed in the City of Orange, Ca.

Warren met his wife Judy Tinker and married in September 1961. They celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary in 2021. Warren and Judy visited Santa Barbara and decided it was a great area to raise their three sons, David, Richard, and Bill. The family moved and called Goleta their home in 1969.

Warren and Judy opened their home and hosted many foreign exchange students and visiting professors representing fifteen different countries.

Warren and Judy were known to host Thanksgiving dinner for family and friends and anyone they met who weren’t able to be with loved ones at Refugio State Beach. The tradition has been passed down to the next generations.

Warren attended California State University Long Beach and received his BSME in 1965, Graduating in top 10 % of total class, top 6% in engineering class and attained Dean’s Honor list.

Warren retired from Tracor Aviation which he was part of the engineering support team for the Super Guppy Cargo Aircraft program, traveling to Toulouse France to work on the project.

Warrens professional achievements included developing a new concept in the design of artificial kidneys described in the Journal of American Medical Association in May 1972. Designed and prepared proposal for Cargo Loading System used on A300 Airbus, followed by technical meetings in Europe resulting in contract, managed contract to successful completion. Warren is the holder of two U.S. patents.

Warren is preceded in death by his wife Judy, his twin brother George, older brother Jim and parents Ernest and Jane. Warren is survived by his sons David and wife Esther, Richard and wife Bernadette and Bill. His grandchildren Kevin and wife Elizabeth, Emmanuelle, Diego, Eddie, Julia and great granddaughter Penelope along with many nieces and nephews.

The family would like to express their gratitude to VNA Health and his caregivers. Visitation will be held at Welch-Ryder-Haider Funeral Chapel, 450 Ward Drive in Santa Barbara between 8:30 am to 10 am on Friday, April 7, 2023. Grave site ceremony will be held at Goleta Cemetery, 44 San Antonio Rd, Santa Barbara Ca at 11 am. Reception gathering will be held at Refugio State Park following ceremony.


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