Lyle A. Moritz, 47-year resident of Azusa, CA, passed away Saturday at his home with his family by his side. Lyle and his wife Anne, both originally from Vermillion, relocated to Azusa in 1962. Lyle joined the Azusa Police Department where he was a patrolman, dispatcher and detective for 14 years.
During his law enforcement career he enjoyed buying real estate "fixer uppers." Lyle designed and built their family home and after his departure from the police department he began a 32-year career in the building industry.
Lyle obtained his General & Engineering Contractors License and went on to build homes in Azusa and the surrounding communities in addition to designing and building homes for his three children.
Lyle was honorably discharged from the U. S. Army after serving his country in the Korean War. He continued to serve as an Azusa Planning Commissioner, Golden Days Parade Chairman, Honored Citizen, President of the Azusa City Employees Federal Credit Union and a member of the Azusa Lions Club. His generosity also extended to the Azusa Chamber of Commerce, the Kids Come First Golf Tournaments and St. Frances of Rome Parish and School.
Family time was important to Lyle. The family always gathered for dinner every night to talk about their day. Often times this included planning the next fishing, boating, camping or hunting trip. Several friends have said what an impact Lyle had on them. His simple approach to life, the value of working hard and building character is what made them what they are today.
Lyle's family includes his wife, Anne of 47 years; daughter, Diane and husband Keith Chagnon; sons, David and Douglas; and grandson, Brian Chagnon.
The family requests in lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the St. Frances of Rome Library (C/O Diane Chagnon, 409 E. 10th St., Azusa, CA 91702). We have all learned something from Lyle and this is our way of paying tribute to him for all he taught us.