Lewis C. "Lew" Duvall, 94, passed away peacefully on Tuesday, September 7 with family by his side. He lived a full life as a loving husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather and uncle.
Lew was born on January 9, 1927 to Walter and Irene Duvall in Outlook, Washington. He was baptized into the Catholic faith, which he practiced all his life. As a young child during the depression, Lew overcame many tough times, including a year he spent in a polio hospital when he was seven, in Seattle, hours away from his family. When he came home from the hospital at age eight, his job was to milk the cows on the farm before going to school. He says it was good for him to be treated the same as his brothers and sister and he liked the two cows! He never complained. Lew attended Seattle Prep High School and Seattle University and made many lifelong friends. In college, he met Kathleen Conroy, "the prettiest girl in the freshman class" and they were married on August 27, 1949. Lew went to work for Texaco Oil for a whopping $210 a month, which he always said was a pretty good salary. They enjoyed summers with family and friends on Lake Washington and Whidbey Island as they raised their four children, Cathy, Suzie, Bill and Mike, until he accepted a promotion with Texaco in 1963 and moved to Boise, Idaho.
He and Kathleen loved Boise where "the sun always shines", and Lew became involved as a board member at St. Mary's Church and School and later at Bishop Kelly High School where each of their children attended, making friends that have lasted his lifetime. Lew left Texaco when the bulk plant closed and went to work at Associated General Contractors. After a few years, he opened his own business, The Idaho Plan Exchange where he worked closely with many contractors and brick masons, in particular. In 1989, he sold the Plan Exchange and retired.
Lew and Kathleen bought the first of several motor homes in 1989 and started annual trips with friends and family. Their travels took them all over the United States, as far south as the Florida Keys and into Mexico staying along the ocean. When going to Mexico, they took clothing, books, paper, crayons, and pencils to the little children begging on the streets. They spent time traveling to family reunions in the Seattle area and Priest Lake, Idaho where their son had a cabin. Lew also took up golf the year he retired and became a member of Eagle Hills Golf Course. He made many friends on the course and at the 19th hole. Even in the later years when he couldn't golf any more, he would drive out to the course to play cards with the guys and take their money. He loved a good black jack or crap table in Jackpot, or any casino for that matter, and taught many in the family to know when to hold 'em and how to properly throw dice! Apparently, there is a proper way. He was also a threat playing Blitz or "31" with his grandkids, who loved to try and beat him. Lew also held many "business meetings" at the Stagecoach where you can still walk in today and order his special, the Crown Lew. When Kathleen passed away in 2010, he spent his last years enjoying friends and family.
Lew was preceded in death by his parents; brothers, Leo and Don; and his sister, Muriel. He is survived by his four children and their spouses, Cathy and Dan Maloney, Suzanne and Dave Bowman, Bill and Monica Duvall, and Mike and Michelle Duvall; as well as his grandchildren, Ben Workman and Angie Hatchet, Mark, Scott and Jake Bowman, Chris, Katie and Pat Maloney, Bill Duvall and Jesse Cole, Ashley, and Carley and Andrew Duvall; as well as 18 great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews who meant a lot to him.
The family would like to express their gratitude to St. Alphonsus Covid unit, and particularly to Dr. Edwards, and nurses Renee and Aaron who showed immense compassion to our dad.
Private graveside services, under the direction of Cloverdale Funeral Home, will be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers, if you wish, our family suggests donations to Catholic Charities of Idaho at www.CCIdaho.org
Catholic Charities of Idaho