Lewis K. Dascenzo
Lewis Keith Dascenzo was born in Aberdeen in 1936 to Fred and Evelyn Dascenzo.
His parents divorced and Lew and his brother Fred lived with his mother and stepdad, Frank Raymond, in West Seattle during WW II. From his dugout in the backyard, “he defended the shipyards and Boeing Airplane Plant where his parents worked in support of the war effort.”
At the end of the war, the family moved to Owyhee Junction, Ore. While living at the Junction, he learned to hunt, trap animals and fish on the Owyhee River. The family moved to Crescent Bar in 1951. Lew graduated from Quincy High School, where he was class president, student body president and catcher on the baseball team. Weekends found him working in the orchard, fields or grocery store.
After graduation, Lew joined the Navy and worked in electronics on sea reconnaissance planes in Okinawa and San Diego. He married Dona Focht in 1958 and they had three children (Debbie, Cindy and Tony). Following discharge from the U.S. Navy, Lew worked at Convair/General Dynamics in San Diego on the Atlas and Centar missile systems until he was elected Business Agent for the Machinist Union.
Due to an economic downturn, the family relocated in 1974 to Sacramento, where Lew continued his labor union career as a Business Agent for the Teamsters Union, then on to Seattle, where he worked as Business Agent representing the public employee sector of the Teamsters until he retired in 1996.
Lew’s favorite pastime was sniffing out the local fishing opportunities: fishing the lakes of Eastern Washington, surf fishing and gigging frogs in San Diego, canal fishing in the Imperial Valley, and salmon and bottom fishing in the Pacific Northwest.
He is survived by Donna, his wife of 57 years; son Tony of SeaTac; daughter Cyndi Dascenzo of Bremerton; granddaughters Cameron and Corrie Adams; and his brother, Fred of Quincy.
Lew was predeceased by his oldest daughter, Debra Lynn in 1971.
Lew requested to be buried at the Tahoma National Cemetery, where he will join old friends.