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Wednesday, September 21, 2016


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Celebration of Life for Attorney Lyden Set for Oct. 8


By a MetNews Staff Writer


A celebration of the life of attorney D. Michael “Mike” Lyden has been scheduled for Oct. 8.

Lyden, who was 75, died Friday of cancer, Cowboy Lawyers Association President Don Forgey said. Lyden was a founding member of the association—he was issued Buckle No. 31, Forgey noted, and was also a longtime member of the American Board of Trial Advocates.

Forgey described him as “a gentleman and a very good lawyer, and a good friend to the end.”

A graduate of Southwestern Law School, he practiced for 45 years, the past 17 with Valencia attorney Scott Haith. He had partnered with Michael Byers for the previous 20 years.

Haith said he had known Lyden for over 30 years.

“He made me a better lawyer and a better person,” Haith said. “He was just that kind of guy.”

Haith noted that horseback riding was a great passion of Lyden’s, and that he was part of the Cowboy Lawyers Association’s first ride in 1989. But he had to give up riding five years ago because of a combination of physical ailments, his friend explained.

He continued to practice law until the middle of July of this year, when he reported he had “no energy left,” Haith explained.

The Oct. 8 event will take place from 1 to 5 p.m. at the Rose Family Mortuary in Simi Valley. 


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