A local businessman died Tuesday in a New Mexico car crash.
Tim Hewitt, manager of Payson Glass, was killed when his vehicle hydroplaned, crossed over a median on Interstate 40 and struck another vehicle head on.
Tim was working in the Gallup, N.M. area and driving to see a client, when a heavy storm hit the area, said Tim’s wife, Denise Hewitt.
Tim had been working to secure a big project for the company, traveling to New Mexico and Tucson nearly once a week.
Beyond his job, Tim was an active member of Kiwanis, Expedition Church and served on the Habitat for Humanity board.
“He was a very caring guy, very intense kind of person who was all or nothing,” she said.
“So, if he was really into something, he was really in.”
One of Tim’s favorite projects was Cash for Kids. He started the program two years ago as a way to give back to the local school
Every time a customer had their vehicle window replaced and used their auto insurance, Payson Glass donated $25 to $75 to the district for extracurricular activities, such as the Rim Country Middle School band and chorus. The program paid out thousands of dollars to the Payson Unified School District.
Last year, Kiwanis honored Tim with an outstanding service award and just a few months ago, Habitat asked him to serve on its board.
“Although his plate was full, he thought he could help them,” Denise said. “And despite all that he was involved in, he was really there for us.
Tim is survived locally by Denise, his wife of 14 years, and their 13-year-old daughter, Elizabeth. Tim is also survived by his son, Timothy Hewitt of Las Vegas; grandson, Jared Hewitt; step-grandsons, Jack, Edward, Gregory and Noel Solis; and daughter, Veronica Hewitt of Victorville, Calif., and her children, Daniel Sartori, Kaylee Dake and Jaden Owens.
A funeral in California and memorial service in Payson is pending.
For anyone interested in assisting the family with funeral service costs, an account at National Bank of Arizona in Tim Hewitt’s name has been set up.