She has worked for the cause for decades. However, on this night the cause came to salute her. Willa Dean Lyon Willa Dean Lyon was recognized by a crowd of more than 400 guests who came to gave her a standing ovation for nearly 30 years of unwavering commitment to the Orangewood Children’s Foundation.
The recent evening at the majestic Lyon Air Museum adjacent to the grounds of the John Wayne Airport raised more than $500,000 for Orangewood programs. Willa Dean’s husband, Gen. William Lyon, welcomed the guests, informing them that this night was not about him, but rather about his wife, Willa Dean.
A humble tribute to Willa Dean from her highly visible husband set the tone for an evening filled with well-wishes and congratulations from friends, family members and many business associates.