Lyle died Oct. 2, 2012, in Eagle River, Alaska. He joined the Army after graduating from high school and was stationed in Europe. Lyle studied in Spain before jumping from North Cascades during the 1960-62 seasons; he jumped from Fairbanks in the 1964-66 seasons and again in 1968-69. He earned degrees in Spanish and Philosophy from the University of the Americas in Mexico City, which he attended between fire seasons. Lyle joined the Alaska State Troopers in 1970 and had a 24-year career with that organization.
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