Michael Raymond Lyon, 77, of Ft. Lauderdale, FL; Tiburon, CA; Santa Barbara, CA; passed away on Friday, October 9, 2020. He was born July 29, 1943 in South Hampton, England, to Alfred “Leo” Lyon and Myvanny “Babs” Symond. He attended Glenn Lyon in Victoria, BC, Carpinteria High School in Carpinteria, CA, and in 1963 graduated with a bachelor’s degree in economics from UCLA.
Throughout the years, Michael worked in both commercial and residential real estate, and in retirement became a U.S.C.G licensed Captain with a 100-ton endorsement. Michael’s passion for sailing began in his early 20s. Highlights of his 50 years in boats included two transpacific crossings in the 60’s, racing of P-Cats in Southern California, crewing on numerous 30-50 ft. yachts on the S.F. Bay and numerous charters around the globe including Portugal, Dubrovnik, the BVIs, Grenadines, San Juan Islands in the Pacific Northwest, Tahiti, and the Bahamas on his own beloved Lagoon 42 – Bossa Nova that became his home. He was an active member of the Hillsboro Inlet Sailing Club and the RC Laser Sabal Pines Model Sailing Club.
Michael had classic good looks and a dashing smile, but was best known for his quick wit, wicked sense of humor, everlasting charm, and kind soul. He was the life of the party and his Caesar salads, Old Bay shrimp, Ramos gin fizzes, and legendary one-eyed iguana chili were the hit of every gathering. He was a jazz enthusiast (Blame It on the Bossa Nova), loved skiing, and had a great passion for cars and airplanes, but most his treasured pastime was engaging in good conversation. He was a true gentleman, great friend, loving partner, cherished father and grandfather. He will always be remembered for how he lived, how he loved, and how he made us all feel – like this world is a beautiful place and time is best spent enjoying each other’s company.
He is survived by his partner Kendall Marcelle, son Ashley Lyon, daughter-in-law Jennifer Lyon, grandchildren Callan and Camden Lyon, brother John Floyd and sister Vanna Machado.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Hillsboro Inlet Sailing Club’s Youth Sailing Program in Michael’s honor, visit https://www.hisc.org/content/michaellyon.
A petition to reduce excessive speeding on E. Las Olas Blvd. will be forthcoming. Our wish is to prevent auto accidents like the one that so tragically took Michael’s life.
“We may not be able to direct the winds, but we can adjust our sails.” Rest easy, Poppa. We love you always and raise a final-final in your honor.