Eli & Jacob Lyons Memorial Scholarship Fund
Eli Lyons was a native of Arcata. A quiet young man with a lifelong love of the outdoors, Eli loved to fish and spent his happiest hours on the local rivers. An exemplary student, Eli planned on pursuing a career in the field of marine biology. He was active in sports, lettering in football and basketball at Arcata High School and receiving All-County honors for football in 1993. This fund was established in Eli's name for scholar-athletes graduating from Arcata High School who are planning to attend a four-year college or university and major in the biological sciences.
Eli's brother Jacob passed away in 2008 just before his 24th birthday. Jacob was a kind and gentle young man who struggled as a young adult to make sense of his brother's death. He discovered an interest and talent for woodworking in high school, going on to work in local woodworking shops after his high school graduation. Memorial gifts in Jacob's name have been used to purchase a bench for the Arcata Community Forest and to plant a tree at the Humboldt Botanical Garden. A scholarship was established to help Arcata High School graduates pursue ongoing education in the area of industrial technology. (1995)