Lori Consalvo, Staff Writer
Posted: 06/25/2010 05:28:05 PM PDT

David Richard Lewis, executive vice president for the Lewis Group of Companies, was found dead Thursday in his Las Vegas home.

The Upland resident died from a gunshot wound to the chest, according to the Clark County coroner. Officials are ruling it a suicide.

David Lewis was 36 years old.

While friends and family members mourned David Lewis’ death Friday, they wanted the business man to be remembered for his generosity.

“He was a sensitive young man, and made many contributions to the region through his philanthropy and significant contributions of his own time,” Randall Lewis, David Lewis’s uncle, said in an e-mailed statement. “David enjoyed supporting youth sports and activities to build stronger communities.”

David Lewis graduated from Webb School in Claremont and went on to get his bachelor’s degree in Economics and Accounting from UCLA and his master’s in Real Estate Development from USC, Randall Lewis said.

The son of Richard Lewis, David Lewis was a third-generation member of the Lewis Group of Companies who oversaw land acquisition and entitlements in Southern California and Las Vegas – where he had a second home.

Ontario Mayor Paul Leon came into politics 13 years ago and it was then he met David Lewis, who was being introduced into the family business at that time.

“I remember him tagging along with his dad and uncle, it was then we connected,” Leon said.

Over the years, business relations gave way to a friendship. The two even attended church and religious gatherings together.

Leon said he and his wife, Cheryl, considered David Lewis a close friend and the couple was sad to hear the news of his death.

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