Lyman was born May 23, 1939 to Lorin Elmo and Mildred Grace (Hoffman) McNitt in Newhall, CA. He was the youngest of five children. Lyman attended grade school, Junior High and William S. Hart High in Newhall. After High School he joined the United States Army and was initially stationed in Germany, where he met his future wife.
He married Elvira (Elvy) Maier in Germany and together they had six sons and two daughters. After various assignments and locations over 7 years he left the Army and they returned to Newhall to make their home. In California Lyman was employed by Thatcher Glass and Kaiser Records in Saugus before moving his family to Idaho.
In Idaho he was employed by Les Bois Park and Coors Distributing before beginning his almost 40 year career with Idaho Power, serving in a variety of positions most notably as a lineman and later in dispatch before retiring in October 2014.
He was a talented jack-of-all-trades and had mastered many. He was a quiet man when the time called for it but knew when to step up. He did not know the meaning of the words “I can’t”. When someone was in need, he was there. He enjoyed dancing, old classic cars, classic rock and roll, vintage country music, Bronco football and could spin a witty and sarcastic tale over a frosty, cold beverage.
On July 4, 1992 he married Connie Hickey. Lyman is survived by his wife of 26 years, Connie, one brother Jim (Shirley) McNitt, 5 sons; Mike (Lori), Steve (Tracy), Daniel (Carol), John (Sherri) and Tim (Jen), 2 daughters; Diana (Jerry) DeWeerd and Connie (Brock) Condie and 1 step-daughter Denae (Olaf) Swanson, 17 grandchildren; Joshua, Halle, Kayla, Cody, Jakob, Amanda, Alexis, Rhyan and Taylor McNitt, Kenneth Gibson, Jacob and Carter Segali, Gunnar, Gatlin and Makenna Condie, Magnus and Kjara Swanson and his Grand-dog, Nova DeWeerd, 5 great-grandsons and 8 great-granddaughters, and numerous nieces and nephews that loved him dearly. Lyman was preceded in death by his son, James Loren, his parents, 1 brother, Hurshal McNitt, and 2 sisters, Albia Jean Honeyball and Dorothy Mitchell.