John L. Harmer, former lieutenant governor of California, has purchased Eyring Research Inc. a high- tech communication, software products and custom computer system engineering company based in Provo.

Harmer, who now lives in Bountiful, acquired the outstanding stock and assumes the position of board chairman and chief executive officer. Bruce R. Lloyd continues as president and chief operating officer while Mark G. Dixon, Thomas W. Macdonald and George H. Day will continue as vice presidents in charge of computer services, finance and high tech communications, respectively.

Although based in Provo, Eyring maintains offices for 34 of its 150 employees in Midvale and another 35 employees work in Riverdale to service Eyring's Hill Air Force Base contracts.