Arthur Edward Lyttle passed away peacefully in his sleep May 8, 2023 in St. George Utah at the age of 94.
Ed was born to Arthur Lewis and Dorothy Graham Lyttle August 20 1929 in Los Angeles, California. In 1933 Art and Dot had a second son, Frank Lewis Lyttle. They moved to Wisconsin where Art worked for the Paul Revere Company. By 1940 the family was back in California where Art was promoted. Ed and Frank did well in school and excelled in outdoor activities, like horseback riding, snow and water skiing. After finishing High School, Ed met and married Joyce Meyer Long in 1951. That year he joined the Navy and flew Corsairs in the Korean conflict. In 1952 Joyce and Ed had a son, Arthur Jeffrey Lyttle. By 1954 Ed had completed his Navy service. The family moved from San Diego to Pomona where they had a daughter, Denise Glen Lyttle. Ed had grown to love flying, and as a civilian he found work as a crop duster. The family moved to Indio, CA where he managed a ranch and a crop-dusting business, and Joyce taught second grade. Ed was always working on a plane or car engine, determined to get their highest possible performance. He developed friendships with pioneers in engine design, like Holman & Moody/Stroppe, who balanced and blueprinted a Bronco engine that he raced in the Baja 500. Ed and Joyce also participated in ralleys in their classic MG and Thunderbird, meeting exacting check in points on time with limited fuel stops long before there was any support from navigation systems and GPS coordinates. Ed loved to go fast, even on the water. The first time he entered a water ski race it was the 100-mile Salton Sea Marathon, and he won it! By 1968 the family had built a home in their favorite summer vacation spot, Ketchum Idaho. Jeff and Denise learned to ski on Baldy and graduated from Wood River High while Ed sold insurance, went fly fishing, planted huge evergreen trees around their home, and enjoyed bird hunting with their yellow labs. In retirement Ed and Joyce moved back to the desert in Nevada, and took several international trips for Ed’s new passion, scuba diving and underwater photography. They enjoyed spending time with family in California and in Idaho. Ed lived a very full life and will be missed.
Ed is survived by his daughter Denise Glen Lyttle Kauffman with her husband, Neil, their daughters Amy Erixson in Moscow Idaho, daughter Kira Cheldelin in Boise, Idaho, Daughter in Law Karin Lyttle and her children Amy Rivkin and Jed in Hailey Idaho, and great grandchildren as well as several nieces and nephews.
Ed was proceeded in death by his wife Joyce in 2019, their son Jeff in 1992, and his brother Frank in 2018.
The family would like to thank the staff at Integrated Hospice and The Meadows Memory Care for the compassion they demonstrated in Ed’s care.
Cremation is planned. A joint Celebration of Life for Ed and Joyce is planned for later this summer in Hailey, Idaho. Star Mortuary is in charge of arrangements. The family invites you to leave a message or memory in their Guest Book at www.starmortuary.com.