Matthew Michael Lyon, In Memoriam

Be strong and of a good courage; be not afraid, neither be thou dismayed: for the Lord thy God is with thee whithersoever thou goest. {Joshua 1:9}


Our good friend, loving husband and devoted father, Matthew M. Lyon, passed away Friday, July 27, 2012 on his way to meet Boy Scouts from Troop 820 as they completed a 30-mile backpacking trip on the Pacific Crest Trail.

Matt is survived by his wife, Eleanor and their four children, ages 4 through 12.

Matt served as Bishop of the Walnut Creek 2 Ward for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.


Funeral services were held Saturday, August 4 at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 2369 Overlook Drive in Walnut Creek.

We express our gratitude to all those in attendance at the funeral. The Spirit of the Lord was present and great conform has felt.

We are further indebted to all those who assisted with parking, setup/take-down and other arrangements, to the Boy Scouts of Troop 820 for ushering, and for the preparation of and service during the family luncheon.

A Message From Eleanor
"Between stimulus and response there is a space..."

- Dr. Viktor Frankl

Eleanor spoke recently at the Oakland Stake Conference held Sunday, September 9, 2012.  The following is a small snippet from the introduction of her talk.

Whenever I heard stories in lessons or talks of people triumphing over tragedy, I wondered whether I had the strength to do the same. We hear of pioneers crossing the planes in the snow, burying their loved ones along the way, of cancer survivors who beat the odds, of parents who lovingly care for a little child with a debilitating illness. Years ago, I even learned of a young mother of three whose husband unexpectedly died of a heart attack.

As I would hear of these stories of courage, resilience, and determination, I would take mental inventory of my own strengths, outweigh them with my weaknesses and shortcomings, and end the exercise knowing that I could not do what these people did. I do not have what it takes. I do not have sufficient strength to face great adversity or tragedy.

We invite all to ponder the rest of her message.  A copy of her talk can be found at the link below:

2012.09.09 Stake Conference Talk of Eleanor V. Lyon


Thank you for your inquiries about how to help the Lyon family. An account for the benefit of Eleanor and her children has been established at Bank of America.

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How Can I Help?

If you are wondering what you can do to support Eleanor and the children, below click on 'Help Now' button for more information.

All Hands on Deck -
Service Project for Lyon's
Oct. 26th, 27th, Nov. 10th

Donate here for the Lyon Family Landscaping Fund

an amazing last 2 months it has been. I feel like a different person having gone through the tragedy of Matt's death. And yet as low as my spirit has been, how quickly it was lifted by Eleanor's amazing strength and the actions of all of you.
So now is our chance to give a little back. As many of you know, Matt had been working on his backyard for a looooooong time. One of the things that was immediately clear after Matt died was that I wanted to finish that yard. To finish it so that the kids can enjoy it, so that one of Matt's long standing projects gets completed, and so that Eleanor's life can be a little more "maintenance free".
On our list. We will need to replace one length of fence (78 feet), remove some dirt and get it ready for sod, plant trees, bushes and period appropriate shrubs, build some garden boxes and eventually build a tree house.
Here's the plan:
I would like to work on this on Oct 26 and 27th. We need a smaller crew on Friday to take down the old fence, and place the new fence posts. Then Saturday we could use a larger crew to build the new fence and get the grounds ready. Then we will need one more Saturday to finish the plantings. This would likely be a couple weeks later, I am looking at Nov 10th.
So let me know if you can help - If the dates work for you, if you have skills with power-tools, if you would like to donate money for supplies or plants. Everyone can pitch in.  You can bring over goodies for the work crew if you've retired from manual labor or lend some tools if you can't make it.
Dr. Alph Wise

Memorial Scrapbook - Collecting Submissions Now!!!

A scrapbook is being created from your memories of Matt Lyon. We intend on presenting this scrapbook to his family. Please submit any memories, notes, stories, digital photos, and the like to: