Terry Neil Tyler

Hesperus resident and longtime Durango psychiatrist Dr. Terry Neil Tyler died of respiratory and kidney failure Thursday, Jan. 3, 2013, in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico. He was 72.

Dr. Tyler was born to Vernal and Joy Tyler on Dec. 5, 1940, in Los Angeles. He took early entry to a University of Chicago program, then transferred to the University of California at Los Angeles, finishing both high school and college in three years each.

After moving to Denver to work as a computer programmer, Dr. Tyler decided to become an psychiatrist. While in medical school at the University of Colorado in Denver, he was a ski patrol volunteer and instructor with climbers groups.

He married Susie Wolcott during summer 1964 in Denver. They had two sons together before the marriage ended in divorce.

Dr. Tyler met his second wife, Ingrid Iversen, in Canada. They lived in Lummi Island, Wash., and Chimacum, Wash., until moving to Berkeley, Calif.

They married after an eight-year courtship on Aug. 16, 1985, in Berkeley.

While there, Dr. Tyler became interested in transpersonal psychology and “healing the healer,” gathering a support group of physicians from all over the Bay Area who called themselves “The Metaphysicians.”

The couple bought a seaside property, built a small cabin and learned to sea kayak on Lasqueti Island, British Columbia, Canada.

In 1992, they moved to Hesperus. Dr. Tyler worked as a psychiatrist in Durango as part of various groups and in private practice for nearly 20 years.

“Terry loved adventure in all forms, from getting his pilot’s license and owning his own airplane, to mountain climbing and skiing, traveling in foreign countries, especially Mexico, canoeing and kayaking,” his family said.

In his later years, Dr. Tyler became interested in philanthropy. Besides placing land in conservation easements and making micro-loans to struggling entrepreneurs, he supported a nonprofit in Mexico that uses earth blocks to produce sustainable, affordable housing.

“Terry thought uniquely, lived and loved well, shyly enjoyed making others laugh, and helped many people in both life-saving and life-enhancing ways,” his family said.

Dr. Tyler is survived by his wife, Ingrid Iversen, of Hesperus; sons Brian Tyler of Seattle and Warren Tyler of Tucson, Ariz.; mother, Joy Tyler, of Portland, Ore.; brother, Randy Tyler, of Lake Oswego, Ore.; and six grandchildren.

A gathering to celebrate his life will be held in August.