is located 2 miles (4 km) North of Kamas and
3 miles (5 km) South of Oakley on State
Route 32. Earlier names of the town include Morrell after an early settler
in the area and Boulderville. The current name is in honor of an LDS
Church Apostle by the name of Francis
Marion Lyman. A second town, Francis, just 5 miles (7 km) south
also carries his name.
is a small rural farming community of the Kamas Valley that became notorious
during the State of Utah's dispute with John
Singer, the polygamist who refused to allow the State to educate
his children, and who was killed by Utah Law Enforcement Officers on
the morning of 18 January 1979. Later a member of the Singer Family, Adam Swapp, in retaliation detonated explosives which damaged a nearby
LDS Chapel in Marion. John's wife Vicky and Swapp, who had married two
of the Singer daughters, were later convicted of the crime and sent
Today, the church since repaired, the peaceful valley includes an old co-op store and
a snowmobile dealership.
John W. Van Cott, Utah Place Names; Kelsey Weinriter, John Singer; Linda
Bishop Christensen, Francis Marion Lyman.