Memorial service honored fallen Sandpoint airman Wednesday

Memorial service honored fallen Sandpoint airman Wednesday

Memorial service honored fallen Sandpoint airman Wednesday

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by KREM.com

KREM.com

Posted on January 8, 2014 at 12:49 PM

Updated Thursday, Jan 9 at 3:11 AM

COLORADO—Family, friends, and service members honored a fallen Sandpoint airman Wednesday at 12:00 p.m. at New Life Church in Colorado Springs. Capt. David(Lissy) Lyon graduated from Sandpoint High School. He later changed his last name from Lissy to Lyon.


Lyon served with the 21st Logistics Readiness Squadron.

His body was brought back to Peterson Air Force Base in Colorado on January 6.

The Sandpoint native died December 27, 2013 while serving in Afghanistan. Military leaders said his convoy was attacked. Lyon, 28,  was working with Combined Joint Special Operations Task Force-Afghanistan during a one-year-long deployment.

READ: Sandpoint airman killed in Afghanistan


"Our thoughts and prayers are with the family and friends of Capt. Lyon during this difficult time," said Col. John Shaw, 21st Space Wing commander. "The Air Force and our Nation lost one of our very best. We will never forget him or his sacrifice."

During his time in the 21st LRS, Lyon served as the Director of Operations as well as the 21st Mission Support Group executive officer.

WATCH: Sandpoint community remembers Captain David Lyon

"Capt. Lyon was a model officer and exemplary young leader," said Col. Chuck Arnold, 21st MSG commander. "Dave was special -- he was an intelligent, charismatic, natural leader who was widely respected by senior leaders, his peers and the Airmen he led."

Lyon, a 2008 graduate from the U.S. Air Force Academy.  Lyon competed in track and field for the Air Force Academy, setting an Academy record for a discus throw during a competition in 2006, according to Air Force Academy Athletics.

WATCH: Friends remember fallen Sandpoint airman


Lyon, a five-year veteran of the Air Force, was an Air Force Academy graduate and had been stationed at Peterson since January 2010.

Lyon will be interred at the USAFA cemetery.

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