Lewis Trout

January 11, 1948 - January 19, 2024

Lewis Trout passed away on January 19, 2024.
He was born on January 11, 1948, in Quincy, Massachusetts to Elvin and Mildred Trout.
After graduating from high school in 1965, he went into the United States Navy.
He served in the Navy Supply Corps at Naval Air Station Pensacola in Florida. He was transferred to Sea Duty in 1967.
He was on the USS Hector (AR-7), based out of Long Beach, California and worked in the payroll department.
His job was to pay half of the crew and officers.
In 1969, he was honorably discharged from the United States Navy went to the Pasadena City College.
He graduated with an Associate of Arts Degree in 1970.
He then went on to the University of Southern California and graduated in 1975 with a Bachelor of Economics degree.
He worked at a 4-star hotel in Pasadena while putting himself through college.
But eventually left after he asked for an increase in pay, and they were unable to financially meet his request.
In 1969, he went to work for a real estate appraisal firm, he worked in the loan guarantee department. He received his California real estate broker’s license in 1978 and established a private real estate practice. Simultaneously, he received a certificate of business from the University of California, Los Angeles, Extension in 1986.
In the 1980s, Lewis was a member of Toast Masters, a speech club. He was the Area Governor in the Los Angeles area.
Lewis met and married his wife, Linda, on June 5, 1999. After their marriage, they moved to Barstow, California.
They spent 8 years there. Lewis worked part-time substitute teaching for grades 1 through 12 while there.
He taught real estate principals at Chaffey College in Racho Cucamonga, California.
He leveraged his experience at the real estate firm and his knowledge of the Navy’s procedural and regulatory complexities – he worked at Pacific Architects and Engineers on the editorial team for proposals and held responsible government positions in the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and the City of Los Angeles’ Department of Water and Power and Department of Airports before retiring from the City of Los Angeles in 2007.
He was an active member of the Living Church of God (Seventh Day Denomination) and attended local services in Pasadena, Palm Springs, Glendora and San Bernadino, California.
In addition, he attended Annual Church Conventions ( FEAST of Tabernacles) in California, Arizona, Utah, Oregon and Pennsylvania and Prince Edward Island and Ontario, Canada.
In 2007, Lewis took a position as a realty specialist at the Winnemucca office of the Bureau of Land Management.
He worked there from 2007 until he retired from federal civil service in 2010.
But Lewis was still not finished with his civic duty to our community though and he went on to write grants for the Winnemucca Area Arts and Culture Coalition; served on the Winnemucca/Humboldt County Airport Board for the Winnemucca Municipal Airport; he was a dedicated member of the Humboldt County Regional Planning Commission and its chair for one year; and after agreeing to be a “placeholder” candidate for the Humboldt General Hospital Board of Trustees and went on to serve as trustee from January 4, 2021 to December 11, 2023.
He also served on the board of directors for the Winnemucca Senior Center for two years.
Lewis served as Commander of American Legion Post 5 and attended one State Convention.
He also was the project manager for the Veterans Memorial at the Winnemucca Cemetery.
He established himself as an active, enthusiastic, and valued member of his community and was proclaimed an “Honorary Native Nevadan” by Nevada State Senator, Ira Hansen and Nevada State Assemblywoman, Alexis M. Hansen on December 20, 2023.
He is survived by his sister, Carolyn O’Reilly-Beck, his brothers, James (Elizabeth) Trout, Robert (Mary) Ellis, and his brother-in-law, Donald Simason.
His child, Diane Trout and stepchildren, Daniel Silver and Valerie Silver and his guinea pigs and beloved pets, Cinnamon and Cheddah.
He is preceded in death by his wife, Linda S. Trout, his parents, Elvin and Mildred Trout.
Services for Lewis will be held on February 20, 2024, at Sonoma Funeral Home at 2:00 pm.
He will be buried on February 21, 2024, at 11: 00 am at the Northern Nevada Veteran’s Memorial Cemetery in Fernley, Nevada.
In lieu of flowers please send donations to the American Legion Scholarship fund or the Humboldt General Hospital Scholarship fund.
Lewis would like to thank Angie’s Angels for all their help and kindness.