Lew Dee to be Posthumously Honored at Lubbock Park
Longtime Lubbock broadcaster Lewis Thomas D'Elia, known as Lew Dee, will be posthumously honored next month with a tree planting in McAlister Park.
Lew Dee passed away on October 24 after a battle with cancer. The location of the tree and plaque honoring Lew Dee isn't happenstance. Lew Dee worked for years with Bill McAlister at KSEL/KAMC radio and television and McAlister Park is named for Bill McAlister.
Diana D’Elia, Lew's widow and on-air partner, said, “Lew and Bill McAlister worked together for so long on the radio I thought McAlister Park would be a fitting location”.
According to the City of Lubbock, the red oak will be planted by the City of Lubbock Parks & Recreation Department, but paid for by Mr. and Mrs. Paul R. Beane. Beane serves as a Lubbock City Councilman, was a long time friend, fellow broadcaster, and former business partner of D’Elia and can be currently heard weekday mornings on KFYO with his commentary, "The Way I See It".
The tree planting ceremony will take place on December 5 at 12 Noon at McAlister Park. McAlister Park is located at Spur 327 and Milwaukee Avenue.