George Wayne Lyon

1942 ~ 2023

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George Wayne Lyon, age 80, passed away on Saturday, March 4, 2023. He was the son of George and Kathleen “Kay” Lyon, born on September 19, 1942 in Los Angeles, California.

He married Karen Diana Billingsley on March 15,1973 celebrating 50 years of marriage this month. He worked for UDOT for 35-1/2 years retiring in 2003. After retirement he worked part time at Mountain View Golf Course and enjoyed playing 18 holes of golf as often as possible. He also enjoyed tennis, bowling, swimming, and going to movies and Hale Centre Theatre plays with Karen. They loved to travel and went on many trips and six cruises and enjoyed camping in their trailer with the family. He loved to go to his kids and grandkids school programs and dance competitions and didn’t want to miss any.

He was a veteran serving two years in the US Army stationed in Germany for a year and 20 years in the Air National Guard where he served in food service. During Desert Storm he served in Missouri for four months to support the soldiers that were activated.

He is survived by his wife, Karen, and two daughters, Kristy (Andy) and Melissa (Phil) and eight grandchildren - Austin (Brenda), Braeden, Joshua, Alyssa (Lucas), Lindsey, Ben, Taylor and Cade with their first great-grandchild (a girl) due in July. He is also survived by his brothers, Roger, and Michael (Roxanne) and his sister, Barbara.

Special thanks to the staff at Legacy House in Taylorsville for their loving care for the past few months.

Viewing will be held Thursday, March 9th at Larkin Mortuary, 260 E South Temple, SLC from 6-8 pm. Funeral services will be Friday, March 10th at 11 am at the Mackay Meadows Ward, 2976 W Winchester Drive, West Valley City, with a viewing from 10-10:45 am. Graveside military services at Utah Veterans Cemetery, 17111 S 1700 W, Bluffdale. There will be a luncheon to follow at the church.


Karen and family. We are so sorry to hear about Wayne. We have fond memories of Wayne and you. Lake Powell and Al, Wayne and Roger fishing at Strawberry. You are in our thoughts and prayers.
Pat and Al

- Pat and Al Markham

Dear Karen, so sorry to hear about the passing of Wayne. I am working in Phoenix but I will call you and come visit when I get back in town. Please know that my thoughts and prayers are with you and your family

- Barbara Bawden

The Buckley SFB military Retiree Activities Office (RAO) would like to offer our sincere condolences and our gratitude for Mr. Lyons’ service to our country in the Army and Air Force. If you would like help with any matters related to casualty assistance, Defense Finance & Accounting Service, Survivor Benefit Plan (SBP), Veterans Affairs (VA), etc. you can contact our office on Buckley SFB at 720-847-6693 or The RAO is staffed by volunteers, all military retirees themselves, and our sole purpose is to provide assistance to any military retirees and surviving spouses/family members with anything related to their military service and/or benefits, in particular during difficult times such as this. We are deeply sorry for your loss.

Steve Young
Lt Col, USAF, Ret
Director, Buckley SFB RAO

- Steve Young

I’ll miss you so much, Wayne. We were together for a long time and we were best friends. I’ll miss our companionship. Rest in peace. I love you so much. ❤️

- Karen

I will always remember my uncle Wayne as a genuinely kind soul. We will all certainly miss him, and his humble and gentle spirit. Praise God that death is “see you later” and not goodbye, for us who trust in The Lord. You’re all in my thoughts and prayers.

- Jessica Downing (Brady)

Karen, you and your family are in my thoughts and prayers during this sad time.

- Diana Richards

I'm sorry for your loss, sad to see my uncle go. Wish I could be there to support the family. Sending my love to the family in this difficult time.

- Sean Lyon

I worked with Wayne for many years at the Air National Guard. He provided a lot of laughs and fun. Glad I had the chance to know him.
God bless?

- Rick