Lyle Howard Sweeten
1923 ~ 2016

On December 23, 1923 Lyle was born to Warren and Lila Sweeten in Twin Falls, Idaho. His early years were spent on the Sweeten Ranch in Holbrook, Idaho as the youngest boy together with his five brothers Hugh, Bob, Dewey, Gee & Hagle and his four sisters Genevieve, Claudia, Bonnie and Cherry.

When Lyle was only six years old tragedy struck when his brother and best pal Hagle died, followed three months later by his father. Being the middle of the depression, and without a father, they lost the farm and moved briefly to Logan, Utah and finally settled in Salt Lake City. His mother never remarried and supported the family by doing laundry and taking in borders.

The life of the Sweeten family changed dramatically on December 7, 1941 with the bombing of Pearl Harbor. Lyle and 3 of his older brothers joined in the fight to defend their country. Lyle became a B-25 bomber pilot in the US Army Air Corps (US Air Force), where he served throughout World War II and the Korean War. Towards the end of his service he met and married Carole Glazier. Together they raised six children; Mark, Sheryl, Cindee, Tori, Dustin & Chris. As their children married the family grew to include; Linda Walker (Mark), Milton Steed (Cindee), Dave Spainhower (Tori), & Darlene Erickson (Dustin), 32 grandchildren and 30 great grandchildren followed.

Lyle worked at many vocations after retiring from the military. When gold mining didn’t pan out he worked at selling everything from cars to suits. In the 60’s he went to work as the Western States Sales Manager for Rupp Industries, and along with his brother and nephews introduced snowmobiling to the state of Utah. His passion for riding and racing snowmobiles was passed down to his children, grandchildren and great grandchildren.

Most of Lyle’s joy came through loving and supporting his posterity. He never missed a ball game or activity if he could help it. He loved golf and BYU sports. Lyle had a great love for the gospel and church history to which he had close ties. His grandfather, Robert Sweeten, at the age of 7, walked across the plains arriving in Utah with the early pioneers in 1847. He later, at age 93, dedicated the original “This is the Place” monument as the last surviving pioneer from 1847. As a young boy Lyle would sit on Robert’s knee and listen to stories of Brigham Young and the trek west.

As his days wound down Lyle was visited by family members who waited to take him home as only he and his sister Bonnie remained on this side of the veil. It was fitting that on May 4th his brother and best friend Dewey, finally grasped him by the hand and pulled him from his frail aged body and together they joined a great reunion of family and friends in a place where aches and pains are forgotten and only joy and love exist.

We will celebrate his life on Saturday, May 14, 2016 at 11:00 am at the Lindon West LDS Stake Center Chapel, 1030 West 1600 North, Orem, Utah. Family and friends may call Friday evening from 7:00 to 9:00 pm at the Lindon West Stake Center Chapel, and again on Saturday morning from 9:30 to 10:30 am prior to services at the church. He will be laid to rest in the Lindon City Cemetery.

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