Kay Perkins Lyman, 95, passed away Wednesday, Sept. 15,
2010, in Blackfoot.
Kay was a long-time resident of Blanding, Utah, but had come to live with his daughter, Deana Day, and be near his other children in Blackfoot after the death of his wife in December of last year. Since June he had been living at the Renaissance Assisted Living Center in Blackfoot.
He was born May 18, 1915, in Blanding, Utah, to Edward P. and Irene Perkins Lyman. He was a graduate of San Juan High School and attended Brigham Young University for three years. Although he was not able to complete his degree because of health problems, he continued to have a lifelong love for learning and encouraged his children to get an education, making many personal sacrifices to ensure that.
Kay learned and practiced auto mechanics and then he and his brother, DeAlton, trained and worked together installing heating systems, which led him to his lifelong vocation as a heating and sheet metal contractor. He was considered a master craftsman by those he worked with.
Kay served a mission for the LDS Church in Northern California from 1940 to 1942, where he met his future wife, Velma Hansen. By the time Velma returned from her mission, Kay had entered the service, so their courtship consisted mainly of correspondence while he was stationed in France and Germany during World War II. They were married in the Manti LDS Temple on May 10, 1946, just 10 days after he returned home. In time they welcomed eight children to their home.
Even with the demands of his vocation, Kay had a way of always putting his family and the church first. He involved his children in his business, and they worked side-by-side through the years. He always took time to support his children in their activities. Kay also found great joy in his church service. He spent many years serving as a stake missionary and stake mission president, and served for over 30 years as a stake patriarch, welcoming many young people into his home and enjoying his association with them.
Kay is survived by eight children: Charles Lyman of Blanding, Utah; MaryKay (J. Michael) McGrew of Muncie, Ind.; SueZan (Merlin) Morgan of Blackfoot; Velyn (Robert) Corbett of Spring City, Utah; Deana (Paul) Day of Blackfoot; Grant (Barbara) Lyman of Hesperia, Calif.; Platte (Leah) Lyman of Blackfoot and Ben (Lolly) Lyman of San Antonio, Texas; 42 grandchildren and 60 great-grandchildren. He is also survived by a sister, Rene (Art) Morin of Mapleton, Utah.
He was preceded in death by his wife, parents, three brothers and one sister, three grandchildren and one great-grandchild.
As Kay’s family, we want to especially thank the wonderful staff at the Renaissance Center for your kind and loving care of our father. You made his last days as comfortable as possible and were so good to him. Thank you.
A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 25, 2010, at the Blanding LDS Stake Center in Blanding, Utah. Family is under the care of Hawker Funeral Home in Blackfoot. Condolences may be sent to the family at firstname.lastname@example.org .