Paul Arthur Lyons (also known as Papa, Dad, Uncle Paul, Pop and many other nicknames) was a resident of Livermore for the past 23 years.
Paul was born on Dec. 17, 1948, at St. Luke’s Hospital in the City of San Francisco to his loving parents Edythe (Simmons) and Eric Lyons Sr. He passed away on May 14, 2020, after a year-long courageous and strong-willed battle with cancer.
Paul was raised in the city where he graduated from Balboa High School in 1967. In his younger years, Paul enjoyed working on cars with his brother-in-law, Nick; hanging out with his buddies at the Mel’s Drive-In on South Van Ness, showing off their hot rods; and spending his summers with his parents and family at their cabin in Pine Grove and Hoberg’s resort in Cobb, California. Throughout those years, he built the family’s cabin with his father and Nick, making it a peaceful and beautiful place for the family to make memories for eternity.
Paul worked in San Francisco grocery stores during and after graduating high school where his father Eric Sr. was a business agent of the Local 648 Grocery Workers Union. He graduated from JetMa Technical Institute in South San Francisco, earning his certifications in Gas Turbine studies in 1970. However, instead of pursuing a career in that field, Paul joined the IBEW Local 6 as an electrician in 1974 and retired in March 2004. During his time with the union he loved spending his lunches at Red’s Java House on Pier 30 for their $3 cheeseburger and a cold beer.
After retirement, Paul and his adoring wife, Pat, spent time remodeling their home in the Sunset West neighborhood of Livermore. Paul had a heart of gold and was an amazingly talented and smart man with skills in any trade. A talented craftsman, carpenter, electrician, mechanic, plumber, chef, and so much more. He would lend a hand to anyone who needed it and spread his knowledge to everyone around him. If it wasn’t working right, he would fix it. He spent much time in his garage working with family and neighbors on projects, doing woodworking and fixing cars, oftentimes alongside his cherished grandson, Joshua, who had the privilege of being raised by Paul. When not working on a project or making a repair, Paul loved spending time at his beloved cabin with his family and never missing an NHRA funny car or monster jam race on TV.
Paul is predeceased by his mother and father, Edythe (Simmons) and Eric Lyons Sr.; his brother, Eric Jr.; his brother-in-law, Nick Vallindras; and his mother-in-law, Jean Mullin. Paul is survived by the love of his life, Patricia Ann (Mullin) Lyons; his three daughters and two sons-in-law, Heather Lyons, Elizabeth and Eric Gillihan, Rebecca and T.J. Deniz; Pat’s children, Michelle, Michael and Mark Funk; sister, Saundra (Lyons) Vallindras, and nieces, Christina Maillet and Katherine Tappen; sister-in-law, Jan Attaway, and nephews, Greg and James Lyons; sisters-in-law, Nancy and Sandy Mullin; brother-in-law, Brian Mullin; and seven grandchildren, Joshua, Vanessa, Myah, Brooke, Brody, Carsen and Brayden.
Per Paul’s wishes, no services will be held. However, charitable contributions can be made to the UC Davis body donation program in his honor at bit.ly/US_Davis_Foundation or Send a check made out to the UC Davis Foundation, to:
UC Davis Gift Administration
1460 Drew Avenue, Suite 100
Davis, CA 95618