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George “Geo” Edward Amador-Lewis November 23, 1969 - September 16, 2023

Date of Service

October 2, 2023

George “Geo” Edward Amador-Lewis, a proud veteran of the United States Army, suddenly passed away in his sleep on board the Coral Princess Ship on September 16, 2023 in Auckland, New Zealand. The son of Gary George Lewis and Candice Guerin, Geo grew up in Torrington, Connecticut. He was born on November 23, 1969 in Winchester, Connecticut, and attended Canton High School in Canton, Connecticut.

After graduating from high school, Geo enlisted in the US Army and attained the rank of E-4 as a Finance Specialist while stationed in Fort Ord in Monterey, California. As part of his service, Geo recalled being “dropped off” in Kuwait near the conclusion of Operation Desert Storm. Amongst his military awards was the National Defense Service Medal for his honorable active service during the war against Iraq in the Persian Gulf. Geo was honorably released from active duty in 1992 after sustaining injuries. He later moved to the Central Valley, attended Modesto City College, and transferred to California State University Stanislaus as a Finance major. He left the banking industry after 15 years of service to pursue a career in logistics services.

In 2006, Geo joined his son from a previous marriage, Mason, to train in Taekwondo at the Yee’s ATA Black Belt Academy in Modesto. This turned into his passion for teaching, subsequently earning the instructor certification in the American Taekwondo Association (ATA), and securing his own school, Lewis’ ATA Black Belt Academy, in Turlock. In 2009, he met his wife Rapunzel, and her daughters, from a previous marriage, Kaila and Khiara; ultimately, they became Geo’s first and longest-trained black belt students. Through years of “blood, sweat, and tears,” Geo and Rapunzel pulled through trauma together and became the best of friends. In March 2016, the Amador-Lewis clan became a blended family of five, wild and adventurous black belts.

Geo and Rapunzel created their “memories of a lifetime” through traveling (by land, sea, and air) the world. They eventually moved to Oklahoma City in early 2021 and sold their OKC home after two years; spontaneously, they decided to go on a 107-day journey with the Coral Princess’ 2023 World Cruise, planning to renew their vows and find their next home in one of the 44 destinations. They embarked from Brisbane, Australia on June 6 and their Renewal of Vows was held on June 30, while cruising along the Red Sea, towards the Suez Canal. After visiting 25 countries, Geo unexpectedly passed in his sleep, marking the 100th day of the world cruise.

Geo is survived by his wife Rapunzel, and their adult children Kaila, Mason, and Khiara. A celebration of life in memory of Geo will be held on October 2, at 10 a.m. at Allen Mortuary in Turlock and a Military Funeral follows at 1:30 pm at San Joaquin Valley National Cemetery in Santa Nella, CA. It was Geo’s wish that any memorial tributes be made in the form of charitable donations to theheadstrongproject.org, “in memory of Geo Amador-Lewis.”

A memorial service will be held for George Lewis on Monday October 2, 2023, 10:00 am at Allen Mortuary in Turlock.

There will be a graveside service at San Joaquin National Cemetery in Santa Nella, CA at 1:30 pm following the service.

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  1. Lulu Phillips says

    My deepest condolences to Rapunzel, Kaila, Mason and Khiara on the sudden passing of Geo. He was one of a kind. My heart goes out to you all. You will be in my thoughts and prayers. Geo will be fondly remembered and sadly

    • margie brown says

      My grandson Matthew Brown went from a shy little boy to a confident young man because of the training in Taekwondo taught by Mr. Lewis . Our prayers are with his family.

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