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Male, US, born 1917-08-21, died 2004-04-28

Associated with the firms network

Lyerla and Peden, Structural Consulting Engineers; WMFL Architects; Walker McGough Foltz Lyerla, Architects

Professional History


Principal, Jack Lyerla, Structural Engineer, Spokane, WA, 1957-1959. Lyerla maintained an office in Room #709 of the Realty Building in Spokane in 1957. (See Spokane, Washington, City Directory, 1957, p. 140 andSpokane, Washington, City Directory, 1959, p. 475.)

Partner, Lyerla and {Lawrence H.] Peden, Structural Consulting Engineers, Spokane, WA, 1960. (See Spokane, Washington, City Directory, 1960, p. 501.)

Partner, Walker, McGough, and [Walter W.] Foltz, Architects and Lyerla and Peden, Engineers, 1969- 1974.

Partner, WMFL Architects, Spokane, WA, 1974-1991.



Willis Martin Lyerla was born in Hillsboro, IL.

He lived in Missoula, MT in 1935. He moved to Helena, MT, by 1940, while working for the Montana Highway Commission. He rented a room in the Capitol Auto Court in Helena, MT, according to the 1940 US Census. (See, Source Citation The National Archives in St. Louis, Missouri; St. Louis, Missouri; Record Group: Records of the Selective Service System, 147; Box: 30, accessed 08/09/2019.)

He and his wife, Ruth, lived at West 3116 Riverview Drive from at least 1958 until 1960. (See Spokane, Washington, City Directory, 1958, p. 469 and Spokane, Washington, City Directory, 1960, p. 501.)


His parents were Ralph Lyerla and Viola Fetz.


He married Ruth M. Cooley (born 12/01/1918-d. 11/15/1980 in Spokane, WA) on 08/31/1940 in Missoula, MT. (See, Source Information: Montana, County Marriage Records, 1865-1993 [database on-line]. Lehi, UT, USA: Operations, Inc., 2016, accessed 08/09/2019.)

After Ruth's death, he married Gloria June Anderson (born 07/09/1922 in CA-d. 12/18/1994 in Contra Costa County, CA) on 10/16/1982 in Contra Costa County, CA. (See, Source Information: California, Marriage Index, 1960-1985 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Operations Inc, 2007, accessed 08/09/2019.)

Biographical Notes

He went by the name "Jack" not "Willis."

Lyerla's date of birth has been subject to some disagreement. His World War II draft registration card said it was 09/21/1917. Find A stated it to have been 08/21/1917. The U.S. Public Records Index, 1950-1993, Volume 2,had it as 08/21/1919.

PCAD id: 2572