A Sacred Moment


Dr. Edwin Leroy Lyle

February 08, 2011

He left us with memories that make us burst into laughter often...

Dr. Edwin Leroy Lyle, 84, went to be with the Lord on Feb. 8, 2011. He is survived by his children and grand children and he will be deeply missed. Kathrynn Lyle, Peggy Lyle Azaryoun, Asgar Azaryoun Edwin Lyle Jr., Robin Lyle and Lisa Williams. His grandchildren, Karl Azaryoun, Laura Azaryoun, Brennan Williams, Jacob Williams, Edward Lyle and Sarah Lyle. He was married to the love of his life, Jean Long Lyle for 49 years. He resided on Queen Anne Hill from 1964-2004. He moved to Brittney Park Retirement Home in Woodinville Washington from 2004 – 2006, and finally he moved to Warm Beach Senior Community Center and lived there from 2006 until 2011.

Edwin was born and raised in Piedmont Oklahoma and he grew up on a farm. After graduating high school in 1943 he joined the navy and served two years during World War II. He then set out to pursue his education. He received his AA in Arts in 1947 from Central College Kansas, and continued with his studies and earned a BA in music at Seattle Pacific College in 1949. Ed went on to get a Master’s and Doctorate degree in Education and Psychology of Education from the University of Oklahoma in 1956. Ed also completed a very prestigious, advanced Master’s Degree in Education from Harvard University in 1954.

Ed began his career teaching music at Central College, then teaching in Greenville Ill. and Western Oregon University in Oregon. He took the position of Dean of the School of Education at Seattle Pacific College in 1964 until 1972 when he took the position of Associate Superintendent of Public Instruction for the State of Washington. He retired in 1992.

Edwin was consistently strong and quiet, always observing. He was not a man of many words, but when he spoke, it was with words of great wisdom and comfort. With his family he was often humorous. He left us with memories that make us burst into laughter often. He was happiest when surrounded by his family. He was deeply devoted to his wife and children, spending Friday evenings snow skiing and Saturdays taking his children to swimming lessons and off for treats after. He was committed to supplying his children with a good college education along with Art and Music lessons and athletic events. His daughter Lisa asked him after the birth of her 1st child, “Dad, do you have as much love for your grandchildren as you do for your children?’ He thought for a moment with a pleasant smile on his face and replied, “Probably more.”

He had a great compassion for animals, often getting up in the middle of the night make sure the puppies were fed.

Edwin’s passions in life were his deep faith, his family, music and exercise. He also loved the reward of sweets after the exercise. He enjoyed traveling and he has left his children with wonderful memories of those experiences as they were growing up. One example was of his sabbatical in 1971 when he loaded up a camping trailer, pulled by a gold Cadillac, his wife and four children and the family dog and spent three months on the road touring Colleges and Universities circling around the United States.

We are so very proud of our father. He accomplished a lot in this life and he will be greatly missed.


Services were held on February 13, 2011 at Warm Beach Senior Community in Stanwood, Washington.


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