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3251 South 2300 East
Salt Lake City, UT 84109
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Paul Cairns Lyon Jr.

1918 - 2014 | Obituary Condolences
Our beloved Husband, Father, Grandfather and friend, Paul Cairns Lyon Jr., passed away peacefully on April 8, 2014. He was born March 30, 1918 in Salt Lake City, but spent his first three years in Teton, Wyoming, where his father had a cattle ranch. He went through the Salt Lake City school system, including attending the University of Utah, where he obtained a Bachelor of Science degree in mining engineering. He served a mission in the North Central States mission for the LDS church, and later served as a stake missionary. He loved missionary work. During world war two he served in the Pacific theater as an Ensign in the Navy. He was sent to Cornell University to receive special training in electronics and used that knowledge as a repair and maintenance specialist. At the close of the war he married Ruth Stone Lyon in the Salt Lake temple.
He is survived by his wife, Ruth Stone Lyon, daughters Raylene Lyon and Sylva Lou Christenson (Bob), and sons Paul C Lyon III. (Inna), and Lowell Edgar Lyon (Linda). He has sixteen grandchildren and twenty-two great-grandchildren. He loved the beauties of nature, and often took his family on camping trips.
Paul and his father owned and operated a lead and zinc mine, until President Truman passed tariff laws that made it cheaper to import these minerals than purchase them domestically. Paul then went to work for EIMCO Foundry and Machine Company. He received further special training in metallurgy and received his Master of Science degree.
Paul was a man of many talents. When he retired from EIMCO, he took up painting, and was president for three years of the Utah Associated Artists. One year his entry at the Springfield Art Museum took the 'best in show' award. He used his skills as an engineer to build his own home. His father gave him a house warming gift of a Rogers Organ, which is a full-sized organ. He was a member of the American Guild of Organists, and composed music for the organ. Tabernacle organist, Clay Christiansen, even played one of his compositions in his pre-choir Provo broadcasts. Paul also loved to sing, and sang for several years with the Swanee Singers in Salt Lake. He was also the pianist at services at the Highland Care Center for many years. He served as an ordinance worker in the Salt Lake Temple for 25 years.
Funeral Services will be held on Monday, April 14, 2014 at 11:00am at the Holladay North Stake Center, 4395 South Albright Drive (2145 E.). Friends and family can visit Sunday evening 6:00-8:00pm at the Holbrook Mortuary, 3251 South 2300 East, and at the church Monday morning 9:30-10:30am prior to the service. Interment will be at the Salt Lake City Cemetery. Messages to the family can be posted at:

Published in Deseret News from Apr. 11 to Apr. 13, 2014
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