Sandpoint native killed in Afghanistan

December 28, 2013 

Capt. David I. Lyon

— Air Force Capt. David I. Lyon was killed Friday while conducting combat operations near Kabul, Afghanistan.

Lyon, 28, a member of the 21st Logistics Readiness Squadron based at Peterson Air Force Base, died when a vehicle-born improvised explosive device was detonated near his convoy.

"Our heartfelt condolences go out to the family and friends of Capt. Lyon. The loss of life pains our team deeply. We are poised to assist his family and friends in their time of need and have support services in place to facilitate those needs," said Col. John Shaw, 21st Space Wing commander

A memorial service at Peterson Air Force Base is being planned to honor Lyon.

Lyon was serving a year-long deployment to Afghanistan and was performing a combat advisory mission with Afghan National Army Commandos, while working with Combined Joint Special Operations Task Force-Afghanistan. He was scheduled to return to Peterson in February.

Lyon, a five-year veteran of the Air Force, was an Air Force Academy graduate and has been stationed at Peterson since January 2010.

Lyon, who was also known as David Lissy, was the 2008 Mountain West Conference indoor shot put champion. He also participated in the discus for the Air Force Academy.

He was one of 239 athletes from 165 colleges and universities named an All-American strength and conditioning athlete of the year by the National Strength and Conditioning Association that same year.

He served as co-captain for the Falcons' 2007-08 team. He was recipient of the team's Laura Piper Ironman award given to an individual who excels in and scores in multiple events.

Lyon is the son of Bob and Jeannie Lyon and has a younger brother Sean, according to the Air Force Academy athletics website. It said Lyon majored in biology and enjoyed hunting, fishing, snowboarding, water sports and other outdoor activities.

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