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Frederick Pendleton Lyte


1928 - 2016 Obituary Condolences
Frederick Pendleton Lyte Obituary
February 3, 1928 - October 5, 2016 Frederick P. Lyte, beloved husband, father, grandfather and dear friend passed away peacefully at 88 while surrounded by family. He moved to San Marino from Dallas in 1940. He received a BA ('50) and MBA ('52) from Stanford, where he married Marjorie Swingley ('52); she predeceased him in 2014. In their 63 years of marriage, they enjoyed traveling the world. Fred visited over 70 countries. He was a geography expert, a Trivial Pursuit and Jeopardy champ and almost unbeatable at poker. Since 1971, Fred headed Lyte Enterprises Inc. and brought hundreds of millions of dollars to SoCal municipalities in commercial real estate projects. He was also the driving force behind the $115 million deal to bring the then-LA Raiders to the City of Irwindale. In 1987, Irwindale entered into an agreement with the NFL team to build a new stadium there, but ultimately the City declined to pursue the deal. Fred was Vice President of Retlaw Enterprises, the personal holding company of the Walt Disney Family. He participated in the location and feasibility studies for Disneyland and Disney World, as well as the Trans-Canada Pipeline. Fred also managed a resort development on Andros, in the Bahamas. He was a consultant and analyst for the Stanford Research Institute, as well as Booz, Allen & Hamilton. He served on the Board of Councilors of the USC Medical School and was a former Board Chairman of the St. Luke Hospital Foundation. He also served with Marjorie as LA Chairs of "Do the Write Thing," a program aimed at reducing youth violence. He was one of the most tenured members of the Jonathan Club, which he joined in 1957. Fred's humor, boundless optimism, and tremendous generosity will be missed by his devoted daughters and their husbands, Susan and Gordon King, D.D. and Bruce Holcomb, and daughter-in-law Susan Lyte. He was loved and respected by his son, William Lyte, who predeceased him in 2015. He was dedicated to his seven grandchildren, Brandon, Diana, Ryan, Alexander, Fred, Vicki and Ingrid, who will miss him deeply. A Celebration of Fred's Life will be held November 26 at 11 a.m. at Cabot and Sons, 27 Chestnut Street in Pasadena. In lieu of flowers, donations in his honor may be made to Pathway to Prevention (www.pathwaytoprevention.org) or the .
Published in the Los Angeles Times on Oct. 16, 2016
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