Francis Lyons

03/09/1931 - 08/31/2014 Obituary
Francis Lyons Obituary
Kaye was very proud of being born to his parents William K. "Bill" and Hester Lyons, his birth at Miss Fries Maternity hospital and raised in Bakersfield, Ca. He attended schools, played with his friends and participated in Kern (Bakersfield) High School football, he was the lineman and Frank Gifford hung onto the back of Kaye's pads and pushed himself off carrying the ball down field. He enjoyed all of the class reunions since graduation; Kaye had lots of great memories from childhood and loved sharing them.
Kaye joined the Air Force in October of 1950, serving four years; in December of 1950 he married Belva Mos, they were happily married for 42 years until he lost her to cancer, their children Sherri and husband Jim Bowles reside in Bakersfield, Janice Lyons and companion Gil Robbins reside in Bakersfield, Francis K. Jr. "Yankee" resides in Port Townsend, Wash.
Kaye was a very proud, loving and forgiving father.
Besides his three children Kaye is survived by his grandchildren Scott Nall & children Madelyn and Jackson, Julie (Seann) Cruse-Woessner & children Kaylee, Taylor, Seanne & Cruse Jacob, Kevin Cruse, Kara (Myles) Marquez & children Ryan and Rhyder and Frank Lyons-Andreotti.
When Kaye married his second wife, Dottie in 1994 he inherited her special family Lucille and husband Michael Corson and their 3 children Bradley, Brian and Kelsey and Dottie's nieces Michelle Booth of England and Cyndi Chambers of Florida.
In 1954 Kaye joined his parents William K. and Hester Lyons in the Insurance Agency business and he purchased the firm in 1956. Kaye loved the business and was very proud when he was able to turn it over to his daughters Sherri and Janice in 2014.
Kaye had a wry sense of humor, and understated wisdom. For many years he loved and played the game of golf, his memberships at Stockdale CC, Sundale CC and for the past 20 years Kaye was very active and loved the activity and members of the Santa Maria CC. Kaye was involved and active with the 20-20 Club, the South Rotary of Bakersfield, a life member of the Bakersfield Elks Lodge 266 and an associate of the Santa Maria Elks Lodge 1538. He was President for several years of the Tri County Golf Asso., President of the Portuguese Golf Asso. and enjoyed the fun and friends in that group. Kaye was extremely proud of his association with the #460 Pipe Trade Plumbers Union in Bakersfield as their Insurance Representative. He was over 50 years associated with the Independent Insurance Agencies Association.
He was the most forgiving man and always stated "what goes around comes around".
Kaye always practiced and lived a selfless life. He was a kind, and gentle man brimming with commitment, loyalty, dedication and enthusiasm for his friends and loved ones. During the past two years, even at times when he did not feel up to it, a call would come in and he would answer the phone, cheerful and happy to hear from whomever was on the other end.
Kaye wished for cremation and his final wish to donate his organs has benefitted several individuals with his tissue. Our celebration of Kaye's beautiful life at the Santa Maria Country Club will be September 18th, 2014 at 3:00 PM.
In lieu of flowers please make a donation to the Santa Maria Valley Boys & Girls Club.
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Dudley-Hoffman Mortuary
Santa Maria, CA 93456
Published in Bakersfield Californian on Sept. 6, 2014
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