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Lyon, David R. (David Ross), 1864-1940



  • Existence: 1864 - 1940

biographical statement

David R. Lyon (1864-1940) was a printer and print company manager in Utah.

David R. Lyon, son of pioneer poet John Lyon and Caroline Holland, was born in Salt Lake City on August 16, 1864. He was educated in the Twentieth Ward school by Karl G. Maeser. He married Mary Cairns Lyon in the Logan Temple on September 30, 1885 and raised ten children with her (one son died in infancy). His life's work, a 63-year career, was in the printing business, which he began at age 12 by working as a typesetter at the old Salt Lake Herald. He was also President of the Magazine Printing Company and member of the Printer Managers' Association.

David was an active member of The Church of Jesus Chris of Latter-day Saints, serving at different times as first assistant in the Salt Lake Stake Sunday School superintendency (1886-1891), president of the Twentieth Ward Mutual Improvement Association (twelve years), bishop of the Twentieth Ward, bishop of the Ensign Ward (1913-1926); and, at the time of his death, he was serving as patriarch of the Ensign Stake (1926-1940). He died of a heart attack at a daughter's home in Temple City, California on June 4, 1940.

Citation:, via WWW, Nov. 5, 2013 (David R. Lyon; David Ross Lyon; b. Aug. 16, 1864 in Salt Lake City, Utah; parents: John Lyon and Caroline Holland; m. Sept. 30, 1885 in Logan, Utah to Mary C. Cairns, eleven children; d. June 4, 1940 in Los Angeles, Calif.; printer, printing company manager)

Lyon Family collection, October 8, 2012 (David Ross Lyon; b. Aug. 16, 1864, in Salt Lake City, Utah, to John and Caroline Holland Lyon; educated in Twentieth Ward school by Karl G. Maeser; married Mary Cairns in Logan Temple on Sept. 30, 1885; had ten children; career in printing business; worked at Salt Lake Herald; President of Magazine Printing Company; member of Printer Manager's Association; church service as first assistant in Salt Lake Stake Sunday School superintendency; president of Twentieth Ward Mutual Improvement Association; bishop of Twentieth Ward; bishop of the Ensign Ward; patriarch of the Ensign Stake; d. June 4, 1940, in Temple City, California, of a heart attack)

Found in 2 Collections and/or Records:

David R. Lyon papers, 1839-1978

 Series — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSS 7955 Series 3
Scope and Contents

Contains diaries, personal and family memorabilia, pamphlet library, writings, and correspondence. Dated 1839-1978 (bulk 1877-1965).

Dates: 1839-1978

David Ross Lyon papers

 Collection — Box 1: [Barcode: 31197232480829]
Identifier: MSS 2370

Contains letters, biographies, genealogical information, church certificates, and miscellaneous papers belonging to David Ross Lyon.

Dates: 1885-1964

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Archival Object 1
Collection 1
Certificates 1
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints 1
Clippings (Books, newspapers, etc.) 1
Diaries 1
Ensign (Utah) 1