William Lyon, whose homebuilding company was bought by Taylor Morrison this year, dies

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By Jeff Gifford | Phoenix Business Journal

Southern California residential real estate magnate William Lyon, the eponymous owner of William Lyon Homes — that was recently acquired by Scottsdale’s Taylor Morrison Home Corp. — died on Friday at age 97.

The Los Angeles times called Lyon — a former Air Force pilot and general who served during World War II and the Korean War — a pioneer in Southern California’s postwar housing boom. He started his career as a homebuilder in 1954 in Anaheim, and rode the region’s ups and downs through the decades.

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