SANDPOINT, Idaho -- Airman and Sandpoint native David Lyon died in Afghanistan after his vehicle hit an improvised explosive device.
Hundreds of people in Sandpoint remembered Captain Lyon on Sunday. He left behind a grief-stricken community. He also left behind his wife who was a fellow athlete he met at the Air Force Academy.
“He was just the best person ever. Always willing to reach out and help people around him,” said a friend of Lyon.
Friends said he was known as David Lissy in high school. He changed his last name to Lyon after graduating to honor his adoptive parents, according to the Air force Academy.
Lyon’s wife, Dana Pounds-Lyon, was a standout track star like her husband and was a NCAA champion in the javelin throw.
A high school football teammate of Lyon said it made sense for him to join the military.
"And he cared enough about this country and about the people, his family friends and complete strangers that he would go out and sacrifice his life for the protection of others,” said his former teammate.
“He was like a son to everyone around here. He cared about other people,” said Sandpoint High School Assistant Vice Principal Tom Albertson.
A memorial service to honor Captain Lyon was being planned on Sunday.