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Obituary (WA): Lyell Foster Harris '56

Posted on 08/15/2018

Lyell Foster Harris was born to Elwyn and Evalyn Harris on January 14, 1934 in Madison, Wisconsin. He attended East High School and accepted an appointment to the United States Naval Academy in 1952. He graduated with the Class of 1956. He was commissioned a 2nd Lieutenant in the United States Air Force and was stationed at Dover AFB in Delaware. In 1959, Lyell married Patricia Ann Johnson from Madison, Wisconsin in Dover. In 1960 he was accepted for a new Air Force Institute of Technology program at Wright Patterson AFB in Dayton, Ohio and earned a Masters' Degree in Aeronautical Engineering in 1961. In 1965, the family was stationed at Hickam AFB in Honolulu, Hawaii. Lyell served in Vietnam at Cam Ranh Bay from 1968 – 1969. He finished his 20-year US Air Force career at McChord AFB in Tacoma, Washington. His next career was as a flight test engineer for the Boeing Co. , retiring for the second time in 1995. Lyell enjoyed fishing, building remote control model airplanes, but he LOVED fast cars. He raced a 356 red Porsche Speedster at Mid-Ohio Raceway while stationed at Wright Pat. Family and friends agree that Lyell was funny, generous, friendly, helpful and most of all smart. He will be deeply missed and is survived by his wife, Patricia, 3 children, Melissa, Michael & Timothy, 12 grandchildren and 2 older brothers. The memorial service will be 2 PM Saturday, August 11th at The Oasis Church at Lakewood, 7912 Lakewood Ave. W., Lakewood, WA. The service will be live streamed and will be available to view at a later date using this link: In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Sister Schools.