Jon Lyon M.D. (1946 - 2015)

  • "Jon was always a wonderful brother to me and has truly an..."
    - Dave Lyon
  • "Thank you for being you.May you rest in peace.."
    - Christina Siaulaiga
  • "I just learned of Jon's passing. I had no idea. He was so..."
    - Terry Curran jr.
  • "You brought Maureen into this world My daughter Your light..."
    - Peg Roston
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    - UNA TUCK

William Jonathan, "Dr. Jon," Lyon, died unexpectedly at his home in Anchorage, Alaska, of a heart attack on Tuesday, Nov. 17, 2015. He was 69. Jon, best known in the community as a passionate advocate for children, was a co-founder of LaTouche Pediatrics, which he started with his partner Dr. Phyllis Kiehl in the 1980s. LaTouche Pediatrics has grown over the years into the largest pediatric practice in the state. A man full of energy and always incredibly active, Jon was a common fixture on the cross-country ski trails of Anchorage. He participated in local, national and international ski events and one of his favorite moments was when he won the first 40k Tour of Anchorage. Jon Lyon, born in Baltimore, Md., in 1946, was the son of William C. Lyon, M.D., and Velma Lyon. His family moved to Fort Wayne, Ind., when he was 5. He graduated from Southside High School in 1964, and continued his education at Yale University. In college he rowed on the crew team and graduated with a degree in psychology in 1968. After graduating, Jon pursued medicine, attending medical school at Indiana University, graduating in 1973. During his medical studies he was offered a research fellowship in Sweden, where he met the love of his life, Barbro. Barbro and Jon married in 1970, and remained a loving couple for 45 years. Jon completed his residency in pediatrics at the University of Rochester, Strong Memorial Hospital, in Rochester, N.Y. After residency, Barbro and Jon moved to Alaska in 1976. What was intended as a 2 year Alaskan "adventure," turned into a 39 year "epic journey" after the couple fell in love with the wilderness and beauty of the state and the local Anchorage community. His dedication to the health and welfare of children extended beyond his pediatric practice, as he helped inspire the founding of the state's first children's hospital in 1998, The Children's Hospital at Providence. He served as medical director until 2002, during which time the hospital expanded in capability, enabling children to stay in Alaska for specialized care. During this time Jon received a master's degree in Medical Management from Tulane University. Jon had a passion for working with the next generation of Alaskans. He was the first site director for the Pediatric WWAMI program, where he helped teach and mentor medical students in Alaska, and he was instrumental in setting up the Alaska Track Pediatric Residency program in conjunction with the University of Washington. His passion for teaching and mentoring extended beyond medicine. When Jon's children were younger, he coached his daughter's soccer team and was a volunteer high school cross country ski team coach, working to pass along his joy of fitness. Furthermore, Jon was a supporter of School Based Health Clinics in Anchorage, where he helped start programs in two of the city's middle schools and was an active physician volunteer. For roughly 30 years, Jon traveled to and provided pediatric care for children on Kodiak Island. He enjoyed outreach medicine and visiting the local community, where he made friends and would return with stories of fishing side-by-side with the largest bears in the world. Jon had boundless energy and always lived life to the fullest. He was a true Alaskan outdoorsman and enjoyed running, skiing, fishing, hiking and camping. What he cherished most, however, was spending time with family and friends, going to his cabin, traveling with his wife Barbro and sharing her Swedish culture. Above all, Jon loved spending time with the next generation of Lyon cubs, his two grandchildren. Jon will be deeply missed by his family, friends, patients and colleagues. Survivors include his wife, Barbro; children, Chris (wife Ian) and Hanna (Jarratt); his two grandchildren, Oliver and Ingrid; his four siblings, Judy, Richard, Sue and David; and nieces and nephews. A memorial for Jon, open to the public, is being held on Wednesday, Nov. 25, 2015, from 3 p.m. - 5 p.m. at Wendy Williamson Auditorium on the UAA campus. Donations can be made to the Providence Alaska Foundation in memory of Dr. Jon Lyon for the Children's Hospital, the Anchorage School Based Health Centers or Doctors Without Borders.
Published in Anchorage Daily News on Nov. 24, 2015