Patricia Ann Prescott-Lyman is the oldest of five children born to Thomas Prescott and Marjorie Geneva DeMoss-Prescott.
Her siblings include Gene Prescott (Augusta), Ed Prescott (Linda), Roy Prescott (Judy) and Connie Prescott-Kelly (Steve).
“Pat” grew up in Jerome, ID, where she graduated from Jerome High School in 1959.
In high school she was active in music as a vocal soloist from her youth, through high school and college and most all her married life. She was invited to sing at many community and church events.
She began college in 1959 at BYU, majoring in Elementary Education. In the spring of 1960, she was introduced to Clayson Wells “Chris” Lyman.
Seven months later, after many rose bouquets, they became engaged at Shoshone Falls on the Snake River on Christmas day, 1960.
They were married on September 1, 1961 at the Idaho Falls Temple of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
They honeymooned in Jackson Hole, WY where they later returned to celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary in 2011.
In Jackson Hole they enjoyed “western music” by the Bar J Wrangleers, a favorite of both of them.
As they began married life, they loved to dance to the music of the “Big Bands” and often went dancing both Friday and Saturday nights at places like Elich Gardens in Denver and Disneyland in Anaheim, CA.
They also attended rodeos together, each loving the sport and the great horses – both having been raised in beef cattle environments. Pat loved to ride, especially her favorite Arabian, Lady Jane, as she worked with her father at the family purebred Charlois cattle ranch.
As newlyweds, Pat and Clayson started their Junior year at BYU in 1961, where they paid $55 per month for a one-bedroom apartment close to campus.
They graduated together in May, 1963 and moved to Glendale, AZ, where Pat got her first teaching job at Glendale Elementary School with 41 first graders. Clayson received his Master’s Degree at Thunderbird School of Global Management in International Commerce.
Upon graduation, they moved to Los Angeles, CA where Clayson worked in the Export Department at Carnation International in charge of Central and South America and the Caribbean, while Pat taught first grade in Brea, CA.
With Clayson traveling extensively overseas, Pat managed their affairs while living in Fullerton, CA.
She loved her teaching job and was recognized by the schools in Glendale and Brea for her teaching excellence. Pat touched the lives of many students – a lot of them have stayed in touch with her over the years.
In 1966, Clayson was assigned to work for Carnation International’s Brazilian subsidiary in Rio de Janeiro.
Pat and Clayson had many adventures there for two years during which Pat taught fourth grade at The American School in Rio attended by children of ambassadors from many countries and leading American businessmen and women working in Rio.
Pat learned some Portuguese, and both she and Clayson traveled extensively throughout Brazil.
One memorable trip for Pat was to Manaus, Brazil on the Amazon River where she took tours into the Amazon jungle.
Returning to the “States”, they moved to New York City, where Pat worked on Wall Street while Clayson attended New York University. They traveled extensively in Manhattan and saw most all the shows on Broadway while living in Hoboken, NJ, riding the “tubes” to Manhattan each day.
Upon graduation, they moved to Denver, CO, where Pat taught first grade in the Cherry Creek School District. After two years in Denver, Clayson was hired by Gerber International headquartered in Fremont, MI to head their world-wide exports.
Pat again taught first grade in Grant, MI. Driving her Volkswagen to work eleven miles in the heavy Michigan snow was a challenge for Pat, but she loved her first grade teaching and again was honored for her professionalism by the Grant School District.
Their next adventure began when Clayson was hired by Carnation International as world-wide Export Director. Pat and Clayson moved to Los Angeles, where he traveled overseas extensively while Pat stayed home with their firstborn son, Christopher Todd, born at Cedars of Lebanon Hospital on September 24, 1972.
In 1974, Clayson left Carnation to become a Realtor/Broker in Glendora, CA because the international travel took him away from home too much.
They lived in the Glendora area for 35 years and welcomed two daughters into their family: Cali Ann, born in 1977, and Heidi Kay, born in 1982.
During these 35 years, Pat was very active in school PTA and in Glendora organizations. She co-founded the Glendora Education Foundation which raised thousands of dollars for Glendora schools.
She also became a Rotarian with numerous leadership roles and filled many church assignments.
She always said her best church assignments were serving in the youth programs and as primary chorister – she got every child to sing with gusto and love it.
Pat used her musical talents to not only sing solos, but also participate in choirs through the years.
In the 1980s she teamed up with Alan Schlutsmeyer to produce five musical plays for the Glendora California LDS Stake. Each play had eight performances with 400 people attending each night.
These musicals included “Wizard of Oz”, “Music Man”, “Hello Dolly”, “My Fair Lady”, and “Oklahoma”, and each included a cast and crew of well over 200 people.
Everyone loved Pat and marveled at her leadership as Producer while Alan was the Director.
They brought in professional lighting and sound and proved capable of producing musicals to rival Broadway – so stated many attendees.
With their family growing, Pat and Clayson decided to move to Orem, UT in 2006 in order to live closer to their children and grandchildren. Pat enjoyed many new adventures in Utah with her grandchildren whom she adored.
By 2008, it was evident that Pat had something wrong with her cognition. Finally after seeing many doctors and having many tests, Pat was diagnosed on September 24, 2012 at the University of Utah Medical Center with advanced FTD (frontotemporal degeneration) a serious and debilitating form of dementia.
As her capabilities decreased, Pat was unable to communicate logically, and the last five years was unable to care for herself, requiring the 24/7 care of Clayson.
Deciding to move to Matthews, NC where daughter Cali Ann could help care for Pat, Clayson sold their home in Orem, UT. During the trip to North Carolina, Pat had a life ending accident and was immediately put on hospice care.
Clayson and their three children were blessed to spend eight days in the hospital with her, where she passed to Paradise on Sunday, May 7.
Pat is survived by all four of her siblings; her three children and their spouses: Todd and Megan Lyman, Cali and Casey Stott, Heidi and Tyler Jewkes; along with nine grandchildren: Morgan, Ellie and Cole Lyman, Emma, Hailey and Cameron Stott, Brage, Mason and Porter Jewkes.
A memorial service for Pat is scheduled for Saturday, June 3 at 11 a.m. at the Glendora, CA LDS Stake Center (2121 East Route 66 in Glendora). Visitation with Family from 9:30 to 10:45 a.m.
A graveside service and interment of the urn will be held at 11 a.m. on Tuesday, June 6 at the Monticello UT Cemetery – Clayson and Patricia Lyman monument.
Card of thanks
The family thanks Aspen Senior Center’s Manager Gary Staples and Staff: Pam, Julie, Andrea and Fredericka, plus Mountainland Area Agency on Aging in Orem, UT: Vicky Erickson and Maple Creek Hospice Care, as well as all the neighbor’s, friends and relatives who have been so caring and responsive to Pat since 2008.
Pat lives on in Paradise with her parents and many loved relatives and friends. How grateful we are knowing we will see her again one day soon and be able to communicate with her like in days of yore.