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.