Today's tree planting at McAlister Park in memory of Lewis Thomas D'Elia has been CANCELED. The event will be rescheduled and information on the new date and time will be released in the near future.
Lewis Thomas D'Elia, known locally as Lew Dee, died on October 24 after a long battle with cancer. He worked in Lubbock and South Plains broadcasting for decades and co-founded KEND Radio with fellow broadcaster Paul R. Beane in 1971.
Lew's widow selected the location for the tree planting. Diana D'Elia said, "Lew and Bill McAlister worked together for so long on the radio I thought McAlister Park would be a fitting location".
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 and was a long time friend, fellow broadcaster, and former business partner of D'Elia.
Parks and Recreation Director Randy Truesdell said, "That late fall and early winter are the perfect times for tree planting". He concluded by saying, "This is a fitting honor for Mr. D'Elia, who entertained and informed thousands of listeners and viewers in his long career".