William M. Lyons
1937 - 2021
Strickland Funeral Home - Crystal River
1901 SE Hwy 19
Crystal River, FL
William M. Lyons of Crystal River, FL passed away in his home on November 11, 2021, at the age of 83.
He was born to the late Paul C. and Helen (Morrow) Lyons on December 3, 1937, in Union City, Pennsylvania. Following high school graduation in 1955, Bill moved with his parents and three brothers to Crystal River. Bill attended the University of Florida and graduated in 1959 with a Bachelor of Arts in Education. While at UF he was a member of the Navy ROTC and Sigma Phi Epsilon fraternity.
Bill later received a Master's in Education Administration from Rollins College (1970). In 1960, Bill graduated from Navy Officer's Candidate School, and served four years active duty in the Navy as a Division Officer, Department Head and Chief Staff Officer.
After active duty, Bill served in the US Navy Reserve, retiring as Commander after 20 years. During his Navy tenure, Bill served on the naval ships USS Canasteo, USS Mauna Loa, USS William V Pratt, and as Commander of the USS Bluebird.
In 1962, while Bill's ship was stationed in New Jersey, he met Mary on a blind date in New York City. They married in 1963, and after completion of active duty, Bill, his wife, Mary and their daughter Laura returned to settle permanently in Crystal River where Bill served as a Social Studies Teacher and Assistant Principal of Crystal River High School from 1968 to 1974.
During his time at CRHS, Bill sponsored the creation of the Navy JROTC unit. After leaving CRHS, Bill built his own real estate development business and served as the General Manager for Riverhaven Village on the Homosassa River.
Bill was a community leader and served in many roles: appointed as Chairman of Citrus County Port Authority (Cross Florida Barge Canal), President of Central Development Company, which sold Crystal River islands to Nature Conservancy, President of Citrus County Board of Realtors, Board of Director of Barnett Bank and Capital City Bank, and appointed member of the Coastal Rivers Basin Board of the Southwest Florida Water Management District. In more recent years he enjoyed serving on the board of Save Crystal River.
Bill was passionate about the outdoors, and enjoyed spending time with friends and family trout fishing in the Gulf and in Tellico, TN. He enjoyed dove and quail hunting, deer hunting with his Navy buddies in Redstick, and a beloved annual deer hunting trip to Union City, PA. He loved boating and camping, and he and Mary enjoyed many trips out West. He was an avid reader, and especially enjoyed history.
Bill was a member of Crystal River United Methodist Church.
Bill was preceded in death by his parents, his brother Paul C, Lyons (Cres), II.
He is survived by his wife of 58 years, Mary (McCutheon) Lyons, his daughter, Laura Lyons, of Winter Springs, FL, grandsons William Carolan of Jacksonville, FL, Michael Carolan Gainesville, FL, brothers Lynn Lyons (Debbie), Union City, PA and Sam Lyons (Sue) of Spring Hill, FL., and his in-law family, the McCutcheons.
Arrangements are under the care of Strickland Funeral Home, Crystal River. A Celebration of Life will be on held on December 4, details forthcoming. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Citrus County United Way.
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Published by Citrus County Chronicle on Nov. 14, 2021.
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Great man that will be missed by everyone that knew him. Hugs and sympathies to Mary and his family . Loyal and loving family that took awesome care of him. Always in our thoughts and prayers .
-Alfred and Janice Ayers
December 4, 2021
May your hearts soon be filled with wonderful memories of joyful times together as you celebrate a life well lived.
Comfort Keepers
November 23, 2021
Bill will certainly be missed!
Sam & Sue Lyons
November 18, 2021
Mary and Laura, from all of the DeVane's, our deepest condolences on the loss of your beloved Bill.
Kim DeVane
November 16, 2021
Our deepest sympathy. Many great memories of deer camp in Pennsylvania for 30+ years with Bill.
Bruce & Charla Nist
November 15, 2021
Grief can be so hard, but our special memories help us cope. Remembering you and your loved one today and always.
Glenn Abel
November 15, 2021
Offering our deepest condolences during this difficult time.
Lyman Strickland & the Staff of Strickland Funeral Home
November 14, 2021
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