Lyman Bruce Sergeant, “Bruce” as he prefers, died unexpectedly from Covid-19 at the age of 73. Bruce took his last breath on February 7, 2021. Bruce was living in Sahuarita, AZ, spending summers in the foothills outside Boulder CO.
Bruce was born on May 2nd, 1947 to Lyman Byron Sergeant and Ferne F Jacoba Sergeant. He was the first of their 3 boys (Alan & Jeff) born in Burlington, Iowa. Growing up in rural Pleasant Grove, Bruce attended a one-room schoolhouse before transferring to the public school in Mediapolis where he graduated in 1965. (As soon as he got his driver’s license, he drove a school bus transporting many other rural students.) Bruce graduated with his Bachelor of Science degree in Math/Computer Science from the University of Iowa.
The army was quick to draft Bruce upon his graduation in 1969. Through a twist of fate, he was stationed in Germany, where the army utilized his computer skills in Army Intelligence. While in Europe, Bruce acquired a love for downhill skiing. After an honorable discharge from the service, Bruce moved to Denver CO to pursue that.
Bruce spent his career in Computer-Systems Engineering in Denver and Boulder Colorado. He met his wife, Maureen Rita Blackford, at his first job at Mountain States Bankcard – Master Card. The two of them quit their jobs and traveled the US and Canada for 3 months. This was the beginning of their adventurous life together.
As many will attest, Bruce was a bit of a wild man in his younger years. Life was never boring when around him. Bruce had a great sense of humor and was fun to be with. Bruce and Maureen spent much of their summers camping and boating with family and friends, which often brought out his wild side. They rode ATVs, shot potato guns, played horseshoes, and enjoyed a good campfire. They also enjoyed canoeing and golfing.
Having spent most of his youth on the Mississippi river, Bruce developed a love of water. This took the couple to island vacations; snorkeling and scuba diving, sailing and boating through most of the Caribbean and some of the Pacific. He was currently planning their next scuba diving trip to Bonaire, Nederland Antilles.
Bruce’s life was cut short. He leaves behind his grieving wife Maureen, brother Jeff (Connie), family and friends. He is preceded in death by his parents, brother Al and most recently brother-in-law David Black.
According to Bruce’s wishes, memorial donations may be made to his high school, Mediapolis Education Foundation http://mepoedfoundation.org/donate-form/ . Select “Donate” and include on the form “This donation is in honor of L. Bruce Sergeant – Class of 1965”.