(1955-) is a native of St. George, Utah.
grew up on the southern edge of what was then a small town and as a boy developed a strong sense of place roaming the broken landscape and listening to the stories his
became a horseman on the family ranch in Clover Valley, Nevada, and was the 1973 Utah State High School Rodeo All Around Champion.
He graduated from Dixie High School in 1973, and Dixie College, where he was also a member of the rodeo team, in 1977.
served an LDS mission in Argentina from 1974-76.
Lyman graduated from Brigham Young University with a bachelor's degree in Communications in 1979.
Since 1980, he has been a writer, editor, publisher, and active volunteer in community, state and national organizations.
He was co-founder of St. George Magazine in 1983, and was its editor for 16 years.
continues to write a monthly column for the magazine chronicling the history, culture and personality of his
has written twelve books of fiction and nonfiction and his
writing has been honored on several occasions by the Utah Arts Council
was appointed by Governor Jon Huntsman to the board of directors of the Utah Arts Council
Over the years he
has written numerous articles for regional and national publications, and has served as publisher of important books including Portraits of Loss - Stories of Hope, which sparked the multi-million-dollar fundraising effort for victims of the 2005 Santa Clara-Virgin River Flood.
Since 1998 he has served as executive director of Zion Natural History Association in Zion National Park.
He founded the Zion Canyon Field Institute in 2003, and the Zion National Park Foundation in 2007.
Lyman looks back at his
time at Dixie College
as a turning point in his