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Wednesday, November 19, 2014

DL pilot Michael C. Lydon

~ IN MEMORY ~
USAF veteran, DL pilot Michael C. Lydon
September 4, 1963 ~ November 7, 2014

Notification with the passing of Delta pilot Michael C. Lydon, age 51, his death due to a climbing accident in Bell Canyon, Utah. 
 
Following a 20-year military career, Michael joined Delta Air Lines 02-04-2000.  I wasn’t able to determine his current status with Delta. Michael is survived by his wife Jill and their children Sean and Caileigh. 
 
His obituary notes that services were held last Friday, November 14th in Park City.  
The last known address that I was able to locate shows the Lydon’s residence at  
6 Payday Drive , Park City  UT 84060-6701.
 
If anyone has more information, please advise and we will update our memorial site at http://pcnflightwest.blogspot.com/
Thank you,
        ~ Carol for the PCN
                Memorial blogspot   http://pcnflightwest.blogspot.com/
 
Obituary.................................................
Michael Lydon, age 51, of Park City, Utah, passed away Friday, Nov. 7, in a climbing accident in Bell Canyon, Utah. Adventure was in Mike's soul. He took every opportunity to climb, hike, backcountry ski, and travel around the world for work or with his family.
Mike was born in Massachusetts, and grew up in Spokane, Washington. He went to college in Seattle at the University of Washington where he studied aerospace engineering, and then went on to get his Masters at CU Boulder. He had a 20-year career in the military, including teaching at the Air Force Academy, working at the Pentagon, and flying a C-130 around the world. He also flew commercially with Delta Airlines.
But what meant the most to Mike was his family and close friends and spending time together. His community was widespread, and he took every opportunity to stay connected. He was a deeply engaged husband and father. He shared his love of the outdoors with his wife and kids, and regularly set aside time for travel and individual adventures with each member of his family.
He pushed everyone he knew to be their best and to use their minds to think critically. His daughter, Caleigh, published a piece about their family's dinnertime conversations, writing how Mike encouraged everyone to share their opinions with thoughtful reasoning and a sense of humor while "passing the salt."
He is survived by his wife of 19 years, Jill, his two children Sean (age 13) and Caileigh (age 15), parents Francis and Mary, sisters Cheryl, Lisa, and Patricia, and many friends and extended family in all corners of the world. He will be greatly missed but remembered by all whenever in the mountains. As one climbing buddy said, "I will listen for Mike's quiet demeanor on the other side of that ridgeline this winter."
Services are planned for Friday, Nov. 14, at 3 p.m. at the Park City Community Church, 4501 N. Highway 224, Park City, Utah 84098, with a celebration of Mike's life to follow. Instead of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to a college fund for Caleigh and Sean. Please send donations to Mountain America Credit Union at 1672 W. Newpark Blvd. Park City, Utah 84098, c/o the Lydon College Fund Trust #9959328. The family is collecting pictures and stories of Mike's adventures with his friends. If you have a photo you would like to contribute, please bring a copy with a brief description of your adventure with Mike written on the back to the memorial service or send an electronic version to Cheryl Lydon at scigal_sea@yahoo.com
 
  .Published in The Park Record from Nov. 12 to Nov. 19, 2014
 
Related news articles: 
 http://fox13now.com/2014/11/07/2-people-stranded-in-bell-canyon-1-believed-to-have-serious-injuries/     ....Police have identified a man who fell to his death in Bell Canyon Friday evening.  Police received a call from stranded hikers just before 5 p.m., and the men were in a portion of Bell Canyon with steep cliffs.  A hiker reported he and a friend had been rappelling when 50-year-old Michael Lydon of Park City fell and suffered a head injury. The hiker who called police was stranded on a rock face and he reported that his friend had been injured.  Crews searched for several hours and were able to locate the men, at which time it was determined that Lydon was deceased. Crews helped the other hiker to safety and recovered Lydon’s body......................
 
http://www.deseretnews.com/article/865615071/Park-City-man-dies-from-fall-in-Bells-Canyon.html?pg=all  ............................Lydon was one of two men climbing or rappelling on a remote rock face known as Bells Beast. Unified Police said the area is meant for experienced climbers.  It is believed that Lydon fell a "considerable distance," according to police, and his climbing partner, 33-year-old Chris Wood, of Midvale, was left hanging by ropes on the rock wall for several hours. Wood called for help at around 3:30 p.m. Friday and rescuers reached the duo at about 7 p.m., according to police............................
 
http://www.mountainproject.com/v/accident-in-bells-canyon/109684465     .....................He was leading easy terrain at the very top of the climb. He had not placed any protection after leaving the belay. It is unclear why he fell. He took a long factor two fall onto the belay. His climbing partner performed a very well executed self rescue in an attempt to render aid. Myself and another rescuer will be writing up a long accident report after we interview parties involved and examine the gear recovered.....................
 

http://www.rockclimbing.com/cgi-bin/forum/gforum.cgi?post=2647342;page=unread  ..................An old friend and climbing partner passed away Friday after he fell while leading the finishing pitch on Bells Beast in Bells Canyon, Utah. He was leading on easy terrain and fell................    http://www.deseretnews.com/...in-Bells-Canyon.html

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