Well known Topeka attorney and philanthropist loses three-year battle with cancer

Dan Lykins (left), and his wife Judy (right) pose for a photo at Bill Snyder Family Stadium...
Dan Lykins (left), and his wife Judy (right) pose for a photo at Bill Snyder Family Stadium during a KSU football game.(Submitted)
Published: Nov. 26, 2021 at 12:52 PM CST
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TOPEKA, Kan. (WIBW) - Dan Lykins, a well-known Topeka attorney and philanthropist lost his three-year battle with cancer Thanksgiving night.

He was 75 years-old.

Lykins’ daughter Danya tells 13 NEWS her father endured a total of 107 chemotherapy treatments after his diagnosis and worked as a personal injury attorney up to the time of his death.

In 2002, Lykins ran to represent Kansas’ Second Congressional District as a Democrat, but fell short to Republican Jim Ryun. He also mounted an unsuccessful bid to become Kansas Attorney General.

Lykins served as a member of the Kansas Board of Regents, and used his personal success as a lawyer to contribute to several non-profit and charitable causes across Northeast Kansas.

Lykins was an active supporter of the Topeka Rescue Mission, Maur Hill/Mount St. Scholastica, Sisters of St. Benedict of Ferdinand Children’s Emergency Fund, Skyline Schools Foundation, Washburn Law School, KSU Foundation, TARC, and partnered with WIBW’s Chris Fisher in his annual “Just a Buck” campaign for Big Brothers Big Sisters.

According to Lykins’ obituary, Visitation will be 5-7 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 2, at Kevin Brennan Family Funeral home at 2801 SW Urish in Topeka. A Rosary and memorial service will be held the following day, beginning at 11 a.m. at the funeral home.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial contributions be made to Kansas State University Foundation, fund M47379, 1800 Kimball Ave. Ste 200, Manhattan, KS, 66502.

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