James Paul Lyon

Published on Thu, Jun 5, 2014
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James (Jim) Paul Lyon passed away in Lima, Peru on October 6, 2013. Jim, the youngest son of R. Hugh Lyon and Rebecca E. (Welde) Lyon was born October 5, 1941 in Elko, Nevada. He was predeceased by the love of his life, his wife of 31 years, Cynthia (Hicks) Lyon on May 25, 2009. 

Jim served in the U.S. Navy and retired from the Naval Reserves at the rank of Commander. He graduated from Wells High 
School, in Wells, NV and received a B.S. degree from Idaho State University in Pharmacy, an M.S. from the University of Kansas in Pharmacology and a Ph.D from the University of San Francisco in Toxicology. During his career Jim worked for DuPont, Allied Chemical, ICI Americas and Huntsman Polyurethanes. Jim served on many task force groups as well as traveling all over the world as a chairman of a global research program.

Jim lived on the east coast during his employment years visiting Blaine for a conference. He liked the area and he brought Cindy to visit; she also liked the area and when they retired in 2002, they moved to Blaine. Jim enjoyed traveling and had been to every continent except Antarctica, which was on his list. One of the great stories in our family is when Jim was hired by DuPont, leaving the west coast to go to the east coast he went by way of Russia instead of flying coast to coast. When Jim passed away he was already planning his next adventure.  

In addition to great friends all over the world, Jim leaves behind his brother 

Robert Lyon (Sue), Elk Grove, CA; sister Midge Ralston (Bob), Santa Cruz, CA; nephew Mitchell Vaughn (Lynda), Orlando, FL; nieces Karen Robison (John), Sacramento, CA; Cheryl McCormick (Matt), Elk Grove, CA; great nephews Stephen Robison (Cortney), Elk Grove, CA; Nicholas Vaughn; Riley McCormick and great niece Breana Robison; and brother-in-law Verne Hicks (JoAnna), St. Augustine, FL.

We will remember Jim for his brilliant mind, great love of adventure, travel and good food, and his wonderful sense of humor.

Jim was much loved and will be greatly missed by his family and all who knew him. He left us much too soon.

A celebration of life is being held for friends and family on June 7, in Blaine. For details, please contact Cheryl McCormick at