LYONS, David Betts
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1945 - 2012
The Lyons family wishes to announce the passing of David Betts Lyons of Okotoks, Alberta. Dave is the eternal companion of Cheryl (Baker) Lyons. He was born the 30 of July 1945 to George and Ilene (Betts) Lyons, who are deceased. He passed peacefully on December 12, 2012 in the Foothills Hospital following an eight year battle with cancer. Dave was given only six months to live when first diagnosed, but through his faith, determination, and with the love and support of his family he lived eight fulfilling years. Dave will be remembered for his sense of humor, positive attitude, and his love of serving his fellow man, especially those in need. He had a great love for the Savior Jesus Christ, his wife Cheryl, his six sons, and 22 grandchildren. His dog, Abby, was also a much loved, constant companion during his illness. Dave always put his family first and devoted much of his time to creating family experiences and traditions that made his family close and strong. These traditions continue to bless the lives of his children and their families. Dave's many friends and acquaintances will remember him for the living example of faith and charity that he always demonstrated. Dave had an unfailing testimony of the Restored Gospel and he was a strong missionary for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. He and Cheryl loved the time they spent together serving in the St. George, Utah Temple. Dave had a 50 year career in the tire industry, owning several businesses. During his long illness, he even worked with his son at Ward Tires. Three weeks prior to his death, he was still delivering tires. Dave loved to deliver tires to his friends in the industry. There was no such thing as a customer to him - they were all his best friends. Dave is survived by his beautiful wife Cheryl, his six sons and their wives Dean (Val), Darren (Kimberly), Robin (Dorothy), Ryan (Lea), Sheldon (Michelle), and Brandon (Olivia), twenty-two grandchildren and one great-grandchild. Dave was the second youngest of thirteen children. He was predeceased by his sisters Rosa, Winnie, Reatha, Jeanetta, and by his parents George and Ilene. He is survived by his sisters Mary Louise, Joan, Doreen, Lorraine and his brothers George, Joseph, Neville and Glenn. Dave will be dearly missed by all who knew him. A Celebration of his life will take place at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints located at 384 Banister Drive, Okotoks, Alberta on Tuesday, December 18, 2012 at 11:00 a.m. In lieu of flowers, remembrances may be offered through www.davidlyons.ca. To email condolences please visit www.snodgrassfuneralhomes.com. Arrangements in care of SNODGRASS FUNERAL HOMES LTD., Okotoks. Telephone: 403-938-3111.
Published in The Calgary Herald on Dec. 14, 2012