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July 2, 1938-February 22, 2010

Aspiranet honors the memory of Lewis M. Overton, Jr., Aspiranet’s Chief Financial Officer, who passed away from an aortic aneurysm on February 22, 2010.

Lewis brought to Aspiranet over 30 years experience in finance and consulting, specializing in start-ups and turnarounds. Lewis carefully guided Aspiranet’s financial operations, dedicated to Aspiranet’s vision to take collective action to support communities and families as they love and care for children. He generously contributed his talent and integrity as a valued member of Aspiranet’s team.

Prior to his association with Aspiranet, Lewis held positions as Chief Executive Officer, Chief Financial Officer and Chief Operations Officer in the chemical and electronics industries, and for other non-profit organizations. He earned a B.S. in Chemistry from Stanford University, class of 1961, and an MBA from Pace University in Finance and Management. He became a Cisco Certified Network Professional in 2008.

Lewis will be remembered as a devoted family man, devout Christian, and unwavering fan of Stanford University athletics. He enjoyed sailing on his boat and traveling with his wife, Priscilla; most recently on cruises in Russia and Mexico.

Lewis maintained a deep connection to Aspiranet’s Excell Center, a residential treatment facility for adolescent boys with serious behavioral, emotional and mental health needs. Lewis was especially fond of DreamPower Horsemanship which provides therapeutic horsemanship training to boys in Excell’s treatment program.

In lieu of flowers, Lewis’s wife, Priscilla, and family request contributions be made to the Lewis Overton, Jr. Memorial Fund. Contributions will support Excell Center programs, its participation in the DreamPower Horsemanship program, and a dedicated bench and plantings in honor of Lewis on the Excell Center campus.





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I will always remember the great conversations Lewis and I had about traveling.
     - Liz Vaisben, February 23, 2010
Lewis was my first friend and neighbor at Aspiranet. He provided excellent financial information for the grants I wrote and he was always interested in a political debate!
     - Laura Nachison, February 24, 2010
Lewis' gruff voice belied a wonderfully caring and generous man who loved his family, adored his wife and cared deeply for his friends and the children we serve. I'll miss him very much.
     - Chris Essary, February 24, 2010
it was an absolute honor to have worked for him. he will truly be missed.
     - Kris Mercado, February 24, 2010
I was in Lewis's office the day before his surgery where we both shared pictures and stories of our grandchildren. I will not forget how his face lit up and the big smile he displayed during that conversation. We will all miss him!
     - Barbara Sorensen, February 24, 2010
It was a pleasure working with Lewis. He was very generous as he provided us guidance in resetting our accounting systems. He was patient, creative and gracious. I am glad I got to see him one last time when I visited HQ last month. I would like to extend my condolences to his family he loved so much.
     - Phlor Torrejos, February 24, 2010
I admired Lewis's forthright nature. It served him well both in his work and whenever I talked with him about Pac-10 football. I will miss him.
     - Miles Dapsauski, February 24, 2010
Lewis was much appreciated as my HQ neighbor, generous colleague, experienced financial consultant, and ardent supporter of all Aspiranet employees and the great work we do. I will miss his warmth, humor, optimism, and wonderful stories.
     - Holly Thauwald, February 24, 2010
I remember a time that Lewis gave a presentation to the leadership group and he slipped in a photograph of his grandchildren to share with us. It was touching to see how much Lewis adored them. I would like to express my deepest condolence to his family.
     - Weston Lange, February 24, 2010
An "encore" careerist himself, Lewis was a cheerleader for our team's efforts to help experienced adults from the private sector transition into social purpose jobs. We will miss his unique presence and great enthusiasm for our work.
     - Eunice Nichols, February 25, 2010
I loved seeing the gleam in Lewis' eye whenever I talked to him about the encore career. I remember Lewis talking to me about finding property in Idaho. As a former minister, Lewis and I connected often about the faith community. My favorite memory of Lewis was the time when he came to SF for an SNBC community BBQ and had the chance to take his pic with the SF Chief of Police! He was so proud of that moment. I miss Lewis, dearly. Michael
     - Michael Funk, February 25, 2010
In Lewis we have lost a dear friend and colleague. He used his talent and experience to benefit our and kids who depend on Excell for a future.
     - Ted Ayres, February 25, 2010
Lewis allowed our rural program feel as if it was the Cinderella of Aspiranet. With his generous contributions and endless support we were able to provide services for our boys they may have never received. I will always cherish the memories and photographs from the several programs he funded. Thanks to him I have stories to share and inspiration for the future.
     - Racquel Barker, February 25, 2010
It was a pleasure working with Lewis. I will miss his passion for human services and his sense of humor. Lewis was always willing to help with projects which in one case included flying to Long Beach to sign documents at the airport only to turn around and return to Headquarters. Lewis, you will be missed.
     - Damian Zavala, February 25, 2010
Lewis was a great man he made have me feel so welcome everyday at Aspiranet. Lewis was my neighbor at the Headquarters office and we had great conversations. Lewis was a wonderful person to talk with and he cared about everyone one matter what department they belong to. I will truly miss him the short time that I did get to know him.
     - Roxanne Stevenson, February 25, 2010
I enjoyed many teaching moments from Lewis....he continually demonstrated Aspiranet's values of Respect, Integrity, Hope and Courage!
     - Jana Davis, February 25, 2010
Lewis always asked how we were doing and loved to bring goodies for the office. We will miss him dearly. He may be physically gone but will always be here in spirit and in our hearts.
     - Trisha Lowe, February 26, 2010
I reflect on my interactions with Lewis with a smile. He was a kind, honest and caring person. I appreciated his openness and giving spirit. I will miss seeing him around HQ.
     - Coworker, February 26, 2010
I would like to let all of you know how touched and gratified we are to read all these wonderful thoughts. It has been a great comfort to us to know my father was so loved and respected by his colleagues.
     - Tom Overton, February 27, 2010
Lewis will be greatly missed. His genuine interest in our work,his love of family and his dedication to the children and families served will always be remembered.
     - Jeannie Imelio, February 28, 2010
All of us are still unable to calm the feelings of grief. I remembered the last conversations between him and me, “Did you see your family?” Lewis talked to me when I came back from my China trip. What he did seemed insignificant; but it was meaningful. He really cared about his fellow co-workers. I will miss Lewis, especially his warmth and caring personality.
     - Lucy Lu, February 28, 2010
We here at the Excell Center will never forget the extraordinary generosity and compassion that Lewis showed to our boys and our program. His unwavering dedication and goodwill presented numerous opportunities for our boys to experience life in whole new way. For that, we are grateful. He will be missed.
     - Travis Lake, March 01, 2010
His contribution to Aspiranet is difficult to measure. He gave his all to what he thought best. Which in most cases was correct. His diligence and approach to work will be missed.Having been one of the people that brought Lewis to Aspiranet makes me proud. We will miss you Lewis. Granville Wright Board of Directors
     - Granville Wright, March 04, 2010
I was deeply saddened to hear of Lewis' passing. I enjoyed getting to know Lewis when we were developing the THP+ program in Merced. He and his wife, Priscilla, were instrumental in helping us to quickly implement the program. He was an intelligent and passionate man who loved his wife and family.
     - Sharon Salaiz, March 10, 2010
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In Memoriam

Lewis was especially fond of DreamPower Horsemanship which provides therapeutic horsemanship training to boys in Excell’s treatment program.


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