James Lewis Lewie Lytal, 52, stone mason and metal sculptor, died of liver cancer, Monday, April 23, in his Pistol River home.

Born Feb. 17, 1949, in Merced, Calif., he moved as a boy with his family to Santa Barbara. He enjoyed fishing and surfing. From an early age, he also worked in his fathers variety store.

After a brief stint as a professional baker, he apprenticed as a stone mason. He worked with Santa Barbaras oldest masonry contractors, including Pat Scott and Ozzie DaRos.

Mr. Lytal moved to the Oregon Coast in 1977 when he started a general contracting business.

He met his wife, Frann Grossman, while building a stone wall at Memory Lane and Railroad Street in Brookings. A former Pilot reporter, Grossman had interviewed him for a news story about the wall.

The couple moved to Pistol River where Mr. Lytal built their home in 1980. He created many metal sculptures and paintings in his adjoining studio.

Survivors include his wife, and his father, James Austin Lytal, of Nesika Beach.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests contributing to a favorite charity.

A wake is planned for a later date.