Lyle Vance Garner Sr. (1923 - 2018)

Obituary
  • "We miss you so very much Grandpa Lyle!! Mystery and Jaden..."
  • "RIP"


One of Alaska's finest pioneers, Lyle Vance Garner Sr., passed away in his sleep on Friday, March 9, 2018 at the age of 94.

Lyle was born in Idaho on July 18, 1923. He lived a long wonderful adventurous life.

Lyle moved to Alaska in 1944 aboard the USS General LeRoy Eltinge.

He lived and worked throughout Alaska. He was as a carpenter, a successful trapper and was a high line commercial fisherman. He was also known as the man who lived with bears on Afognak.

Lyle is known as a legend among trappers and has an oral history interview on the State of Alaska's trapper association website. There is also a chapter about Lyle as a person of influence in the State of Alaska's history that helped make Alaska what it is today, in the book "Alaska Tracks."

Lyle's most recent accomplishment is becoming the author of the book "A Lifetime on Two Frontiers." This book is about his many amazing life adventures.

Lyle's hobbies were hunting, fishing, trapping, spending time with his family and friends, storytelling and writing about his life adventures. He also loved working on natural remedies and being known as "Wild Lyle."

Lyle was Seventh Day Adventist and a celebration of his life will be held at the Kenai Midnight Son Seventh Day Adventist Church, 701 Swires Road, on March 31, 2018 at 1:00 pm.

His final resting place will be at the Anchorage Municipality Cemetery.

Lyle's surviving relatives are his son Lyle Vance Garner Jr. of Kenai, and his grandchildren Mystery Constantine Garner and Jaden Vance Garner of Kenai. Lyle had many extended family members throughout Alaska and close friends he considered family.

Lyle was preceded in death by his late wives Pauline Constantine Garner and Sofie Joseph of Alaska, his parents Minnie and Walter Garner of Idaho, and his siblings Frances Eugene Garner and Thelma (Garner) Rainwater of Idaho.

Lyle was an amazing man and will be truly missed.
Published in The Peninsula Clarion on Mar. 21, 2018