I used this tool to pry the door panel away from the door. This is 1 of 6 plastic clips that hold the panel to the door.
Here's the location of the 6 clips as seen on the rear of the door panel:
And here's the holes they snap into in the door:
Once all 6 snaps are pulled free the panel should be able to be pulled away from the door. But first this plug behind the panel needs to be disconnected:
Also, This is the door lever as seen from behind the door panel. The small connector (yellow arrow) needs to be disconnected. The red arrows are pointing to some hooks that need to pushed in so you can pull the entire lever assembly out. I just left it dangling against the door panel as it wasn't in my way.