COVID EVENT UPDATE: The Long Peak Council has chosen Lyons Gaddis's Richard "Dick" Lyons as its Distinguished Citizen Honoree for its Longmont Distinguished Citizen Dinner 2020! This dinner benefits the local Longs Peak Council, Boy Scouts of America serving the St. Vrain Valley School District and Northern Colorado. The dinner will be held on Wednesday, August 5, 2020, from 7:00 pm with a movie to follow at 8:30 pm at the D-Barn 136 Main Street, Longmont, Colorado. For more information on the event click here.
Dick was chosen for his longtime commitment to the Longmont community:
Raised in Estes Park and Boulder, Richard (“Dick”) Lyons graduated from the University of Colorado-Boulder with a B.A. degree in Political Science and was in business in Estes Park until 1971 when he was drafted into the U.S. Army. Commissioned as an intelligence officer in 1972, Dick was stationed at Fort Riley, Kansas. Upon discharge, he and his wife, Jody, moved to Kansas City where Dick entered law school and graduated in 1977 with distinction from the University of Missouri-Kansas City with a Juris Doctorate degree. He served as a law clerk for the Hon. Russell G. Clark of the U. S. District Court in Kansas City, Missouri for two years.
Dick and Jody moved to Longmont in 1979 when Dick joined the law firm of Hough, Grant, McCarren & Bernard as an associate to assist Mr. Bernard in his state-wide practice representing school districts and other local governments. In 1983, Mr. Lyons became a partner in the firm that is now known as Lyons Gaddis. In 2014, Mr. Lyons became Senior Counsel to the firm with a reduced practice.
During his 40 years in Longmont, Dick has served on numerous civic, social, religious, and professional boards and commissions, including the City of Longmont’s Charter Review Committee, the Vestry of St. Stephen’s Church, Longmont Landmark Designation Committee, St. Vrain Valley School District’s Facilities Assessment Committee, the University of Colorado Alumni Association Board of Directors, Longmont Rotary Club and Board of Directors, Boulder County Bar Foundation Board of Trustees, Boulder County Election Review Committee, Board of Governors of the Colorado Bar Association, Longmont United Hospital Board of Directors, Longmont United Hospital Foundation Board of Trustees. He conducted the Longmont Symphony Orchestra as its Super Conductor during its annual fundraiser.
He has also served as a U.S. State Department volunteer for the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe observing 14 parliamentary and presidential elections in developing democracies in Serbia, Tajikistan, Belarus, Ukraine, Moldova, Kyrgyzstan, the Republic of Georgia. In 2018, he also observed Mr. Putin’s re-election in Russia.
In 2017, Dick received the Ron Porter Award of Merit from the Boulder County Bar Association for “outstanding achievements, dedication to the legal profession, and generous service to the community.”
Dick and Jody (a retired St. Vrain District teacher) have two children and three grandchildren.
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