Eric Robert Lyons was born on February 15‚ 1970‚ in San Fernando‚ California. He grew up in Southern California‚ where he lived in North Hills until age 7‚ and then moved to Canyon Country. He is survived by his mother and father‚ Carola Barbara and Roland Arthur of Spokane‚ his older brother‚ Roland Edward of Los Angeles‚ his Grandfather Robert Lee of Spokane‚ and several aunts‚ uncles‚ and cousins.
While living in Canyon Country‚ Eric developed his passion for sports and competition. In 1987‚ he moved with his family to Spokane‚ Washington‚ where he attended Ferris High School and graduated in 1988. While living in Wenatchee‚ Eric started working as a volunteer firefighter for Douglas County Fire District #2‚ and he attended college‚ working towards his Associate’s Degree in Fire Science. He completed this degree upon his return to Spokane‚ where he started working as a resident firefighter for Spokane Fire District #8. In April 1994‚ he married Becky McNamara‚ who was his wife for 12 years.
In October 1993‚ Eric began his career with the Kennewick Fire Department‚ in Kennewick‚ Washington. Eric faithfully served his community for over 13 years as a Firefighter/EMT. He was an extremely fun-loving and outgoing individual who made his friends and family laugh with his witty stories and his quirky take on everyday events. He was very much a people person‚ and he loved sharing his time with others. Eric was passionate about film‚ and he often enjoyed rating movies into different categories‚ such as ‘best-made movies‚ best movies with one-liners‚ best comedies’. He also enjoyed critiquing movies. While living and working in Kennewick‚ Eric developed an obsession for the game of golf. He became a Men’s Club member at Canyon Lakes Golf Course‚ where he played in multiple tournaments. Eric was a devoted fan of all major league sports‚ with a special love for the Anaheim Angels.
In addition to carrying out his duties as a public servant‚ Eric was also eager to go out to local schools and educate the students about fire safety. He regularly provided tours of the fire station for local children’s clubs and organizations. Although Eric never had any children of his own‚ he adored mentoring and tutoring youth and teaching them how to play sports.
Eric made a lasting impression at the Kennewick Fire Department through his dedicated service and numerous friendships. He is truly missed by all who knew and worked with him.