Judy Lewis is a new Board Member and a life-long resident of Washington state. She was born and raised in the rural community of Springdale. Her father was a veteran of World War II, serving in the Pacific war theater in the United States Marine Corps as a Tech Sergeant maintaining and repairing aircraft. After graduating high school Judy wanted to follow in her father’s footsteps and join the Marines but her father forbade it so she got married. She had a series of jobs in the next few years to include waitress, bartender, hardware store clerk, clerk-typist, fire lookout tower observer, and Department of Natural Resources night dispatcher. This radio experience led to employment as a Stevens County sheriff’s radio dispatcher and jail matron and sometimes deputy sheriff when needed for undercover work in narcotics operations.
Judy moved to Spokane and, while working at the Boise Cascade Plywood plant, she was offered a test for Communications Officer with the Washington State Patrol. She was hired in March of 1973 as the first female communications officer from the civil service list.
In 1979, she was commissioned as a trooper and assigned to work the freeways of King and later Snohomish county. Throughout her career she trained in both advanced and technical accident investigation and, in the last 5 years of her career, she was a Breath Test Technician assigned to maintain the breath testing instruments in Skagit, Whatcom, San Juan counties, and Whidbey Island. She also taught standardized field sobriety testing and taught law enforcement officers how to successfully apprehend and prepare reports on drivers who were under the influence of intoxicants and drugs.
Lewis was hired by the Washington State Liquor and Cannabis Enforcement Department in 2007 and served until 2017 when she decided to retire and get more involved in the community. She moved to Whidbey Island in 2013 and has always been interested in history, particularly having to do with aircraft. At one time she began to learn to fly but only was able to complete the ground school portion.
She has always been interested in the warbirds after having heard her father tell his stories about the ones he worked on during the war. One of her good friends, John Hughes, also a Museum volunteer, asked her if she would be interested in becoming a board member and she is happy to serve.