Dave attended the United States Air Force Academy (USAFA) Preparatory School and graduated from USAFA in 2008. As a standout track and field athlete, he was a Mountain West Conference champion, team captain, and Strength and Conditioning All-American. Dave set athletic records at USAFA and in his hometown, where his athletic success positioned him to become the first football player from Idaho to play for USAFA.
He is survived by his beloved wife, Captain Dana (Pounds) Lyon of Lexington, KY, a 2006 USAFA graduate; his canine, “Colt .45”; parents, Bob and Jeannie Lyon and brother, Sean Lyon, all of Sandpoint, ID; mother and father-in-law, Rick and Nancy Pounds of Lexington, KY; grandfather and grandmother, Ray and Imogene Davis; step-grandmother, Beth Davis; and brothers-in-law, Eric and Darren Pounds.
Dave was known as a tender warrior. He was lighthearted and a gentle giant. Kind and compassionate to everyone he met, Dave’s smile would light up a room. He was a silent leader who earned the respect of his authority and peers. He and his wife Dana had an inspiring marriage, where together they coached and mentored young athletes, sponsored USAFA cadets, and volunteered with the Air Force Wounded Warrior program. They were actively involved in their local church, where Dave served on the security detail. Their hobbies included camping, hiking, lifting, and listening to country music with the windows down.
Dave took joy in serving his county, and has been awarded the Bronze Star, Purple Heart, and Combat Action Medal. He was also a committed follower of the Lord Jesus Christ, in whom our hope lies for seeing Dave again. Please join us in celebrating the life of Dave and honoring a true American hero.
A memorial service will be held at 1 p.m. on Wednesday, January 8, at New Life Church, 11025 Voyager Parkway, Colorado Springs, CO. Interment with full military honors will follow at the USAFA Cemetery. The family will receive those who would like to honor Dave at a viewing from 3 to 7 p.m. Tuesday, January 7, at New Life Church. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the “David Lyon Memorial Fund,” care of New Horizons Foundation; 4570 Hilton Parkway, Suite 203 Colorado Springs, CO 80907; or online at https://newhorizonsfoundation.net