Michael Stanley Lyman, 70, passed away Tuesday July 17, 2019 at Sanford Medical Center under the care of Ethos Hospice.
Mike Lyman, son of Stanley and Marian (Smerdahl) Lyman, was born July 26, 1948 in Fargo, ND and was raised on a farm near Lisbon, ND until his family moved to West Fargo in the early 1960’s. Mike graduated from West Fargo High School in 1966 and attended North Dakota State University and Mankato State University before enlisting with the U.S. Navy in 1968. From 1971-1979, Mike served as a Deputy with the Cass County Sherriff’s Department in Fargo. Mike was involved in several high profile homicide cases in the F-M area and received national recognition for his investigative work in the 2009 Robert Dodge true crime novel, Prairie Murders. In the 1970’s Mike was also the sports editor of the West Fargo Pioneer newspaper. From 1979-2012, Mike worked as a legal investigator at Vogel Law Firm.
On September 6, 1969, Mike was united in marriage to Linda Noyes in Baker, MN. The couple made their home in West Fargo where they raised their two sons, Michael Jr. (Kristin Leadbetter) Lyman, West Fargo and Christopher (Christi) Lyman, Firestone, CO and three grandsons, Hunter, Anthony, and Alex. He is also survived by a brother, Dr. Douglas Lyman of Spencer, WI and his children, Jessica (Jason) Gorst, Pam (Dr. Ateet) Patel and William (fiancé, Trista Reddy) Lyman. He was preceded in death by his parents and brother, Terry “Mel” Lyman.
Mike was active in his community serving as the President of the church council at Maple Sheyenne Lutheran Church, President of the F-M Cass Clay Security Society, and on the National Association of Legal Investigators Executive Council. In 1989, Mike received the highest award from the association.
In 2010, Mike was inducted into the North Dakota Amateur Softball Association Hall of Fame and served on the selection committee for future inductees. This honor was the culmination of 40 years of dedication to the sport as a player, manager, umpire, organizer, sponsor, and league representative. Mike played at the local, state, regional, and national level. Mike shared his love of sports with his sons and three grandsons. One of the highlights of his time playing was in Fargo leagues and tournaments with his two sons.
Memorials are preferred to the Alzheimer’s Association and Ethos Hospice.
Funeral: Monday, July 22, 2019 at 3 PM at Faith Journey Lutheran Church, 2nd Ave Campus in West Fargo. West Funeral Home & Life Tribute Center Westfuneralhome.com