Horace Lewis, a longtime East Valley Institute of Technology instructor, died Tuesday morning after a two-year battle with cancer.
Lewis, 68, worked at EVIT as a collision repair instructor for more than 20 years and was essential in developing the program.
Co-workers said though Lewis was battling cancer, he was dedicated to the students and went above and beyond.
"He could have retired five years ago, but he just never wanted to leave," said Neil Carroll, also a collision repair instructor at the school. "The job was his life, it really was."
Born on Sept. 2, 1937, in Texas, Lewis also taught at the Hutchison Career Center in Fairbanks, Alaska, and attended Jarvis Christian College in Hawkins, Texas, and San Diego State University. Lewis was also committed to organizations such as the Valley Industry and Commerce Association, the Arizona Air Conditioning Contractors of America, and the teachers association. When he was not working on cars with his students, he enjoyed spending time with his family, playing golf, cooking and fishing.
Services for Lewis will be 2 p.m. Saturday at Green Acres Mortuary, 401 N. Hayden Road, Scottsdale. An additional memorial service at EVIT is being planned. Information is pending.