Demaine Funeral Home


Lyle Chester McLaren Jr.

July 6, 1922August 31, 2020

This morning another member of The Greatest Generation slipped into history when my Dad, Lyle "Chet" McLaren quietly passed away at home surrounded by family, at the age of 98. The epitome of The American Citizen, Dad served with honor in the European Theater in WW2. He completed his degrees at The Ohio State University, from which he graduated in 1950, went to Washington DC to work for the government, married my Mom (Fran) and raised three boys. He was active in our lives in sports, Boy Scouts and school, while also serving as a church Deacon at Grace Presbyterian Church in Springfield, Va. He worked tirelessly in civic associations, the park authority and more fighting for environmental and human causes. His services and accomplishments were far too numerous to list here, but he served his community up to his 90's, and his contributions were legion. Few remain of that generation of citizen-warriors who fought to destroy evil forces in faraway lands and then came home to build a nation of enviable character and quality, but he was a paragon of patriotism, of love for his God, and of love for his family throughout his life. We are much the poorer for our loss. Rest In Peace and Honor, Dad. We love you.


  • Visitation

    Friday, September 4, 2020

  • Funeral Service

    Saturday, September 5, 2020

  • Committal Service

    Thursday, January 14, 2021


Lyle Chester McLaren Jr.

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Judy and Doug Groters

September 8, 2020

Our family was across- the-street neighbors with Chet and Fran, moving to Bellington Court shortly after they did. We shared many a cup of coffee and a loaf of bread over the years.
We moved to Chicago in '03 and have missed them ever since, missing them still. Fran, Chet was an amazing and wonderful man who will be missed in this world by all of us. We share your grief, and celebrate a life so spectacularly lived.

Mikes Holtzman

September 5, 2020

I have very fond memories of all the Mclaren clan, from North Springfield Elementary School through Poe intermediate school and then onto Thomas Jefferson High School. When John and I graduated from TJHS, my parents thought my aunt and uncle were taking me home and my aunt and uncle thought my parents were taking me home. As it turns out no one was! Fortunately, Mr. and Mrs. McLean give me a ride. They were always there for me!

Kirk Kincannon

September 4, 2020

I have great memories of Chet helping us stock trout in Accotink Creek at Lake Accotink Park in the early 1990's. At that time I was the manager of the park and he was a great supporter of the new trout fishing program . I left in 1995 to accept a director position in Southwest VA. and Chet and others had a farewell cook out for me on my last week at the park. He told me then that he new I would be back as the Director some day and he was adamant of that fact. I came back as the Executive Director of the Fairfax County Park Authority in January of 2014 after being away for 18 years. I have always held those memories close to my heart. May you rest in peace Chet. Kirk

Eleanor Quigley

September 3, 2020

It was a privilege and pleasure to serve on the Fairfax County Tree Commission with Chet for over 10 years. Chet was a warm, helpful, and knowledgeable colleague, committed to Fairfax County being an environmentally healthy place for all of us. Fran was a pleasure to know and I send my condolences to her and their family. May Chet rest in peace.


September 3, 2020

Mr. and Mrs. McLaren were incredible influences in my teen years, when I would visit John (who I went to high school with). Mr. McLaren always had a smile and a kind word. He was someone that you could look to and trust for advice. The world was a better place for his presence and I count myself fortunate for having known him. Our love and condolences to Mrs. McLaren and Lyle, Rob and John as you get through this time.

Janine Taylor

September 2, 2020

The Taylor family send our condolence to Fran and Family. We were backyard neighbors for over 10 years. We enjoyed our conversations over the fence and waving to him on his back deck. Bellington Ct will not be the same without him. Rest in Peace Chet, We will miss you. Sending our Love to you Fran.

Kathy Trainor

September 2, 2020

Every time I played bridge at the McLaren's home, I got to see Chet and his warm and welcoming smile. I think he enjoyed seeing us play bridge because he knew we were having fun. He was a true gentleman, always gracious to his dear wife's guests. We took over the living room, dining room, and kitchen, and he took it all in stride. I will miss seeing him. My deepest sympathy to Fran, his three sons, their wives, children, grandchildren, and great grandchildren. He was a beacon of strength and light for all, and his influence will continue to glow in the hearts of all those who loved him. Rest in peace, Chet.