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Sandpoint community remembers fallen airman

SANDPOINT, Idaho - Sandpoint community remembers fallen airman

The Sandpoint community is remembering the remarkable life of a fallen hometown hero.

28-year-old Air Force Captain David Lyon died on Friday when his vehicle was hit by an improvised explosive device in Afghanistan.

Lyon grew up in Sandpoint but was stationed at Peterson Air Force Base in Colorado. He used to be known as David Lissy but changed his last name to Lyon to honor his stepdad.

"We lost one of our very best," former high school coach Satini Puailoa said.

10 years have past since Lyon graduated from Sandpoint High School but his legacy continues to live on.

Last year he was inducted into the high school's Hall of Fame. He also holds a school record in shot put.

"He was a very unselfish person, he was always looking out for other people," Puailoa said.

Puailoa said Lyon was a leader, an overachiever and role model.

"He was a person that everybody else looked up to. He was the guy that if you walked into the locker room he would help a younger kid put on his equipment," Puailoa said.

Lyon won two state championships in high school, one in shot put and the other in discus.

He then went on to study at the Air Force Academy where he excelled in track and field. He served as the team captain his senior year and also won a conference title in shot put, but the accolades don't tell the whole story.

"His biggest legacy was what kind of person he was," former coach David DeMers said.

Lyons was not just an athlete but he was a genuine man who was loved by all. He was a five-year veteran of the Air Force who was serving a year-long deployment to Afghanistan. He was supposed to come home in February.

"He was doing what he wanted to do and that was protecting our freedom and looking out for other people. That's what David always did when he was here and that's what he continued to do when he was serving the country," Puailoa said.

Lyon leaves behind his wife, Dana, who also graduated from the Academy.