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Loyd "Tiger" Tyer, a native of Gainesville, Florida, died peacefully at his home in Las Vegas, Nevada, on September 7, 2012. His friends and members of his family were at his bedside. Born on October 15, 1945, he was 66 years old. Tyer was diagnosed with terminal cancer a few weeks before he died. His beloved wife, Nancy, with the assistance of Hospice, was able to keep him comfortable until the end.
Tyer was a member of Gainesville High School's fabled class of 1964. He was a member of the school's basketball team. At 5'2" he was too short to play basketball, but, he did it anyway--and he was a star. His hard work and long hours of dedicated practice enabled him to be a great ball handler and a sharp shooter who could score from all over the court. He took pride in being able to dunk the ball and refused to let his short statue be a handicap.
He played college basketball at Central Florida Junior College. Lloyd had fond memories, and grand tales, of playing in Gainesville's summer basketball leagues with Gator Football Great Steve Spurrier, when he was a student at the University of Florida. Spurrier was an All State High School Basketball player in high school in Tennessee. The two of them played on some championship summer league teams.
Tyer sold real estate in California as a young man. Later he became a real estate broker and owned his company in Las Vegas. He had frequent contact with Hollywood stars. He enjoyed his friendships with them on the social circuit.
Tyer is survived by his beloved wife Nancy Montague, Las Vegas, Nevada, his brother, Austin Tyer, Las Vegas Nevada, and his sister, Betty Tyer Norris, Gainesville, Florida. In the final years of his life, he found great joy in the countless hours he spent with them.
Long time friends will remember him for his warm smile, quick wit, and colorful personality. He was always the life of the party and brightened every occasion.
Published in Gainesville Sun from Sept. 30 to Oct. 1, 2012