Joe McClurg Lyon Jr., age 81, died December 22, 1990 at his home, of cancer.
He was born in the mining camp of Pearl, Idaho on February 25, 1909 the son of Joseph McClurg and Inga Johnson Lyon. Married Amanda Isabel Barr on February 22, 1947. She preceded him in death.Attended the University of Nevada 1927-1929. With his brother Arthur, drove first automobile from the U.S. to Nicaragua in 1930 over route of Pan American Highway. Engaged in engineering projects 1940-1956, including designing, drafting and supervising construction of pilot model of largest land-vehicle in use in World War II - the Army's only tank retriever at that time. Entered the Engineer Corps, U.S. Army in May 1944 and served as cartographer in 655th Topographic Battalion. He appeared in "Who's Who in the West" (1954-56). Member of ATO Fraternity and was a member of the Society of Automotive Engineers. Moved to Salt Lake City in 1956 and engaged in oil and gas ventures until his death.
Survived by his brother, Arthur Lyon of Boise, Idaho; and three nephews, David Lyon, Larry Joe Lyon, and Gary Lyon.
Funeral arrangements will be Private and no formal services will be held. It is requested that no flowers or donations be sent.
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