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Darwin Lyons

1940 - 2020


Darwin Keith Lyons, 80, of Burlington, died at 2:19 PM Monday, November 16, 2020.

Born March 8, 1940, in Rolla, MO, he was the son of William Carl and Verda Lorraine Rubin Lyons. On August 8, 1998, he married Claudia Jane Arnold in Burlington, IA. 

Darwin was a payroll accountant for Ideal Ready Mix and JJ Steel

He was a 1958 graduate of Clear Lake High School in Clear Lake, IA. He graduated from Buena Vista University in Mason City, IA with an Associates...

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Adam Creager

November 22, 2020 7:00 PM

I am so thankful to have known Darwin and played in many groups with him over the years, but especially in his group ClasSax. He was a great mentor and friend. Performing in that group and with him was a very formative experience for me and I am honored to continue the tradition with many friends and students to this day, playing many of the same arrangements he orchestrated and purchased. His memory and legacy lives on through the lives he touched his music. Thank you Darwin. You will be greatly missed. 

Jim Priebe

November 20, 2020 10:20 AM

Darwin was one of those people who made others happier for having known him.  We enjoyed his talent as a saxophone player whether we were listening to him or performing with him in a group.  And when he was no longer able to play he turned to arranging and continued to bring us joy through his talents.  His life made the world a better place.

Derrick Murphy

November 19, 2020 11:59 AM

I loved playing in Big Bands with Darwin (and the other ensembles we were a part of). He was a talented man and will be missed.

Wendy Zick

November 18, 2020 6:53 PM

I thank Darwin for many shared musical experiences.  He was a wonderful person, and I was so fortunate to know him  through ClasSax.  It was such a loss when he was no longer able to play.  He will not be forgotten.  

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