Jennifer Jane "Jenn" Lyon was a contestant from Survivor: Palau.
During her time in the game, Jenn was known for her unwavering positivity, and for her budding showmance with Gregg Carey. She was also the first contestant to be eliminated by a fire-making tiebreaker at the final four.
Jenn died of breast cancer in 2010, five years after her appearance on Survivor, becoming the first former Survivor contestant to pass away.
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Born in Nevada, Jennifer Lyon grew up in Washington and Oregon. She spent one year in Spain as a foreign exchange student and two years in London working as a nanny. While in Oregon, she attended Portland State University for approximately one year. She then attended Western Oregon State College before transferring to Oregon State University, where she received a Bachelor of Science degree in nutrition and food management. She is currently pursuing her master's degree in the school of family consumer sciences at California State University, Northridge.
Lyon continues to work as a nanny in the Los Angeles area and is a photographer part time. She has previously worked as a nutrition counselor, preschool teacher and photographer's assistant. She describes herself as good-natured, easy-going and opinionated. She enjoys hiking, soccer and photography. She is very proud of learning Spanish while participating in the foreign exchange program when she was 18 years old.
Lyon, currently single, resides in Encino, California. Her birth date is February 27, 1972.
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|Jenn's Voting History|
| Voted Against|
|1||Koror Tribe Immune|
|2||Koror Tribe Immune|
|3||Koror Tribe Immune|
|4||Koror Tribe Immune|
|6||Koror Tribe Immune|
|7||Koror Tribe Immune|
|8||Koror Tribe Immune|
| Ian, Katie;|
|Voted Out, Day 37|
| Voted for|
^1 In The Ultimate Shock, the vote ended with a 2-2 tie between Jenn and Ian, forcing a revote. Nobody changed their vote on the revote, forcing a firemaking tiebreaker. Jenn was eliminated at the tiebreaker.
- Jenn appeared in the 2007 movie, Daddy Day Camp, as Mrs. Simmons.
- On January 9, 2010, despite her health, Jenn was able to attend Survivor's 10-year anniversary party.
- On January 19, 2010, 10 days after attending the anniversary party, Lyon passed away from breast cancer, which had come back from remission and had metastasized to the bone. She was thus the first cast member of Survivor to pass away. The special Surviving Survivor, which aired Thursday, February 4, 2010, just over two weeks after her passing, was dedicated to her memory. At the Survivor: Heroes vs. Villains live Reunion Show, Lyon was further remembered, showing a montage of Jenn's Survivor experience. She is the first of five deceased former Survivor contestants, the others being B.B. Andersen (2013), Caleb Bankston (2014), Dan Kay (2016), and Ashley Massaro (2019).
- Jenn and Ian are the first contestants to partake in a final four fire making challenge due to a deadlocked vote.
- Because Palau was the first season with 20 contestants, Jenn was the first castaway to be the 17th person to be eliminated in a season.
- In their profiles for Survivor: Heroes vs. Villains, both Stephenie LaGrossa and Tom Westman have stated that Jenn is the past Survivor castaway that they respected the most.
- Jenn was good friends with Jeff Probst, and he would sometimes drive her to the hospital.
|Survivor: Palau Castaways|