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Doran Lyman

ESCALANTE – Doran Lyman, 60, passed away in his home on February 20, 2022, in Escalante, Utah. He was born December 11, 1961, in Panguitch, Utah, to Mason Dale Lyman and Lillian Christiansen Lyman.


Doran grew up in Escalante and spent most of his life there except for the few years he lived in St. George. He graduated from Escalante High School, and then, went to work. He had many jobs. Doran worked in the oil fields, before working many years for the Coughlin Company, running a shovel and heavy equipment. Doran then worked for ranchers and farmers in the Boulder-Escalante area. He worked for Alfred Jepson for many years before working for Ben and Karen Blaugrund during his last four years. At the Blaugrund’s farm, Doran found purpose and a family in which he felt loved and appreciated for his intelligence, strong work ethic and ingenuity.

Doran had a little bit of a gruff exterior but was always willing to help if he could. Doran also had a wicked sense of humor; his wit and one-line zingers may not have been always appropriate for children, but they sure made you laugh.

In his spare time, Doran enjoyed looking for treasured rocks and hiking. In recent years, his favorite hobby was driving his kids around town or out Smokey Mountain road on the 4-wheeler. Doran was an animal lover, and among his loved survivors are his dogs, including Rottweilers and the famous terrier, Toughy, who went everywhere with Doran. Doran loved hunting and could skin a deer as fast and well as anyone. Doran also enjoyed showing others how to do things he loved such as fixing things in unconventional, resourceful ways.

He is survived by his children: Brandy (Aaron) Christensen, Mesquite, NV; Lonnie Lyman, and Willo Lyman, both of Escalante; grandchildren: Alijah Christensen and Orion Arcane Christensen; siblings: Wendy (David) Meisenbach, Anaheim, CA; Troy (Brenda) Lyman, Escalante; companion, Patricia Barney, and her son, Braxton Barney, both of Escalante.

Doran was preceded in death by his parents; sisters: Starla Lyman, Lorane Reyes, and Marion “Donnie” Randell; and brothers: Stacey Lyman and Mason F. Lyman.

Cremation services will be held at the Magleby Mortuary Crematory. Memorial services and interment were held Saturday, March 5, 2022 at 1:00 p.m. in the Escalante Cemetery. Funeral Directors: Magleby Mortuary, Richfield, Salina and Manti.

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