An hour before sunset, January 4, 2014, Craig Steven Lyle said goodbye to family and friends at an outdoor gathering on the mountain. Craig pointed his bicycle down a familiar trail and did what he had done all his life...he rode like the wind. On this day, amidst the shadows of twilight in the 54th year of his life, his ride ended with his passing. His lonely bike stood nearby...like a saddled horse standing over a fallen rider after a long journey.
Craig Lyle was born October 3, 1959 in Millington, Tenn. the first child of Marine Corp Flight Radar Operator Gerald Lyle and Adele Lyle. Gerald raised his family while serving a long career as a Marine and held the rank of Master Gunnery Sergeant at retirement. Adele worked for the city of Orange, Calif. and also participated in a family business called Lyle Industries.
The Lyle family moved to Orange, Calif. in 1959. Craig graduated from Villa Park High School in 1977. He continued his education at the University of California Fullerton. He earned a B.A. Degree in Finance in 1982 and followed with an M.B.A. Degree in Finance in 1983.
Craig married the love of his life, Karla Mitchell, September 1, 1991. They began to build their dream home in the west hills of Central Point, Ore. in 1992. They have two beautiful children. Their son, Rawly Lyle, 18, is a 2013 graduate of St Mary's High School in Medford, Ore. and is presently serving a mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Cali, Colombia. Their daughter, Aven Lyle, 17, is a student at St. Mary's High School.
Following two decades of work in the retail and wholesale mortgage industry, Craig joined the CMG Mortgage Insurance Company in 2007 as Account Executive for the Northwest Territory. His work required frequent travel in Alaska, Idaho, Montana, Oregon, and Washington.
Craig was gifted with a robust athletic ability, which combined with a strong and disciplined tolerance for arduous physical training to make him a successful competitor in any sporting endeavor he chose to try. He was a road bike racer for 20 years and after retiring from competitive bike racing he continued to ride and challenge himself on a bicycle on trails and roads throughout the western United States.
Craig also had a lifelong passion for alpine skiing. He seemed to have a powerful innate connection with the mountains. On snow was where his smile was the brightest. A perfect day for Craig was any day on the mountain with blue skies, crisp groomed snow, and the company of family and friends.
Craig is survived by his wife, Karla Joanne; his two children, Rawlings Everett and Aven Elizabeth; and his father and mother, Gerald and Adele Lyle. He is also survived by his younger brother, Brian (Carol) Lyle of Encinitas, Calif.; and nephews and nieces, Ryan, Christina, and Kevin Lyle, along with Tanner, Tarren, and Tallen Mitchell.
Memorial services for Craig Lyle will be held Friday January 10, 2014 at 11:00 a.m. The services will be held at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints located a 3456 Bellinger Lane