Bryant Odell Lyons was born in Burley, Idaho on April 9, 1923. He departed this mortal life on June 22, 2023, in Ogden, Utah. The love of his life, Thelma Garrett Lyons, preceded him in death in December of 2001. Bryant was the 13th child born to his parents Julina Lambson Smith and Thomas William Lyons. Also preceding him in death were his 12 siblings, Alta Lyons Ferrin, Ivan Lyons, Lewis Lyons, LaVon Lyons Moore, Florence Lyons Coster, Gladys Lyons Hansen, Bessie Delva Lyons Hanks, Glen Lyons, Thelma Lyons Ramsey, Earl Dean Lyons, Reed Boyd Lyons and Oran Wayne Lyons. What a glorious reunion they must be having, as their baby brother has returned to his family and is reunited with his loving wife.
Bryant and Thelma leave five loving children and their spouses, Sharroll Lyons (Karl) Buhanan, Katie Lyons (Kevin) Folkman, Lynn Lyons (Ritchie) Crabb, Paul Bryant (Claudia Moore) Lyons and Peggy Lyons Brown (William Brown–deceased) (Doug) Dance; 27 grandchildren and 65 great-grandchildren.
Bryant graduated from Burley High School in 1941, where he had been the Yell King for three years. He began flight training for the Army Air Force in August of 1942 and began his active service in January of 1944. Bryant was stationed in the Mediterranean Theatre of WW2, flew 67 bomber missions as a lead pilot and was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross for his service.
Shortly after he returned home from the war, Bryant and Thelma were married in Elko, Nevada on July 12, 1945. Bryant and Thelma subsequently lived in Burley, Idaho, Twin Falls, Idaho, and Ogden, Utah. Bryant owned and managed the State Hardware store in Ogden from 1952 until 1983.
Bryant had a steadfast testimony of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. He served in many positions and always loved the people he served. He was always happy to teach and serve in the church and was always up for a good gospel conversation. He served in several Bishoprics, was a Stake Missionary, Young Men’s leader, Gospel Doctrine teacher and many other callings.
We are so thankful for the kind care Bryant received from Inspiration Hospice. Special thanks to Taylor and Davic for taking such good care of our dad.
Funeral services will be held on Thursday, June 29, 2023 at 11 a.m. at Foothill Trails Ward, 1000 Suncrest Drive, Ogden. Friends may visit with family on Wednesday from 6 to 8 p.m. at Lindquist’s Ogden Mortuary, 3408 Washington Blvd. and Thursday from 9:30 to 10:45 a.m. at the church. Interment, Lindquist’s Memorial Gardens of the Wasatch, 1718 Combe Rd.