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Lyle & Marylin Hileman

Lyle Wayne and Marylin Mildred Novakovich Hileman passed away together on the evening of October 21, 2020, at peace and in each other’s arms at the height of the East Troublesome wildfire.

Lyle was born in Denver, Colorado on March 18, 1934, the fifth child of Glenn L. and Lillian R. Gustin Hileman. He grew up in Lakewood, Colorado near 6th Ave., which at the time was a dirt road. His influence in the community began at an early age when a pneumatic vehicle counter was laid across the road; he added hundreds of hits with his father’s hammer, thus helping to establish West 6th Avenue as a major Denver thoroughfare.

Marylin was born on June 9, 1936 in Murray, Utah. Her family later moved to Wheat Ridge, Colorado. She was the second of five children born to Stephen and Amy Cleo Jenkins Novakovich. She had an adventurous, fun-loving, and independent spirit.

Lyle and Marylin met while attending Wheat Ridge High School. Their first date was at the Elitch Gardens amusement park. Lyle knew from the start that she was the one for him, and his persistence in courting her is part of the family legend. Marylin took some convincing, but not for too long. They were married in Georgetown, Colorado when he was eighteen and she was sixteen years old. From that point on they never looked back, only forward. It was the beginning of their 68-year love story.

Lyle was a building and concrete contractor, and a career Denver firefighter. He LOVED to work and demanded excellence of himself and others. He detested “burning daylight” and insisted on an early start to each day. Said one subcontractor, “a lot of wives in Granby will be glad when this building is finished…Hileman calls at four in the morning and wakes up the whole family!” He brought out the best in others. As soon as her five children were all in school, Marylin got her GED and then attended Metro State College in Denver; she graduated summa cum laude. She went on to become a mental health worker at Fort Logan Mental Health Center for 26 years. She dearly loved the patients there, and often took them out shopping on her days off. Marylin was the consummate homemaker. Her greatest joy was giving love and extending hospitality to friends and family. And there were lots and lots of friends and family. Marylin’s meals and candy counter were legendary, and she was a prolific hiker!

Lyle and Marylin’s home in Grand Lake was the “go-to” spot for family and friends for over thirty years. Their children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren visited as often as possible. Lyle and Marylin’s love and kindness was a magnet that drew people in. Each visit touched their hearts, and each visitor left a piece of their own heart behind. Grand Lake was and will remain a special family gathering place.

Lyle and Marylin were faithful, dedicated members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Lyle was instrumental in the construction of their beloved Granby congregation’s church building. They dedicated their lives to church activity and service, each serving in many church positions over the years. They especially enjoyed their weekly church work in the L.D.S. Denver Temple.

The wildfire that took their lives left nothing behind but treasured memories and a heritage of Christ-like love and service. That, in the end, was their greatest gift to all who knew them.

Lyle and Marylin were predeceased by Lyle’s siblings Jack, Glenrose Hileman Heckel, Dick, and Dale; also by Marylin’s sibling Annetta Novakovich Mortensen. They are survived by Marylin’s brothers Steve (Roma) and Mike (Linda) Novakovich, and her sister Amy (Jack) Holler; their children Lyle S (Brenda) Hileman, Cherie (Joseph Kim) Wilsted, Kim Higgins, Glenn (Michelle) Hileman, and Wayne (Terri) Hileman; also 25 grandchildren and 31 great grandchildren. Each of them were Lyle and Marylin’s pride and joy.

A virtual memorial service is being planned for November 21, 2020 at 11:00am by Grand County Mortuary, Hot Sulphur Springs, Colorado.

The family suggests that charitable donations in Lyle and Marylin’s memory can be made to the GoFundMe page that has been set up to assist the seven Grand Lake first responders who lost their homes to the East Troublesome fire while they were serving to save others’ homes and lives. The link for this website is https://www.gofundme.com/f/firefighter-who-lost-th...

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Dear Family,
I just came across the news about Lyle and Marylin and would like to extend my deepest sympathies. I was so sadden to hear of their passing. I have many fond memories of Lyle and Marylin when we took family vacations to visit. We will keep you in our thoughts and prayers.

With deepest sympathy,
Lester Dick Hileman 

Lester D Hileman Jan 19 2021 12:00 AM

Dear Hileman Family,
We have had the pleasure to interact with Lyle and Marylin for the past several falls. Each year we have the same conversation on what wonderful people they are. The last couple of years Lyle had been working on project on the ranch. This fall when I asked him who it was for?  He replied " the boy scouts... and whoever wants to use it"  it seemed like a typical response Lyle who spent countless hours working for others. We had a got a small bull last year and shared the news with Marylin. My lasting memory will be the excitement she showed in our success. We consider ourselves lucky to met such wonderful people.   We are so sorry for your loss. 
Sincerely, Scott Bakken and the Minnesota guys

Scott Bakken Nov 14 2020 12:00 AM

Sincere condolences to the entire Hileman family at the devastating loss. We at Newgrange Construction all the way in New York State offer our thoughts and prayers to the Hileman Family. We weren't fortunate to meet this remarkable couple  but it is obvious that their imprint has been sewn. Rest in peace. We know you are in good hands.
Henry Mack

Henry Mack Nov 8 2020 12:00 AM

The summer of 1995 my family drove from Utah to Grand Lake, Colorado to camp and visit Rocky Mountain National Park.  We attended church at the branch in Grand Lake.  After the services, my dad was visiting with a member of the branch presidency, Lyle Hileman.  Lyle invited us to visit he and his wife, Marylin at their home that afternoon.  Marylin shared candy with us.  Lyle took us on horse rides.  My sister remembers paddling in the water out front of the house.  I remember thinking how neat it was that this couple would share their home, time and love with complete strangers.  In talking with them, their love for the property was evident.  That Sunday afternoon has stuck with me for the last 26 years:  the beauty of that spot, the cutest farmhouse with its expansive porch, the evergreen forest surrounding it. To me it was the most beautiful, idyllic spot I had ever experienced and have yet to experience.  My husband and I moved to Arvada, Colorado 11 years ago and I saw the news article last week with a picture of the home and Lyle and Marylin. I recognized the home immediately.  It was evident all those years ago, that Lyle and Marylin loved their community, loved the beauties of the world and loved God and His children.  I can only imagine how many other lives they touched.

Heather Stratton Oct 30 2020 12:00 AM

Although I never had the pleasure of meeting Lyle and Marylin, I was fortunate enough to meet their son Glenn. He is one of the kindest, most hard working and caring men I have had the opportunity to meet. Thank you both for raising such a fine young man. Rest in peace Mr. and Mrs. Hileman.

Swen Anderson Oct 30 2020 12:00 AM

My fond memories of Lyle and Marylin started with company events that were hosted at their home, along with two of their neighbors.  Our Highmark family enjoyed their meadow, did a little shooting, ATV'ing, eating, meetings, eating, campfire, more eating.  Lyle was always willing to give somebody a hair-raising ride, cheer others on or let us know where to find some wildlife. He really enjoyed giving my husband and I grief as he attempted to navigate his road with our Harley and Indian motorcyles.  Many hours spent trying to tame that drive in!   Marilyn was always the hostess with the mostest - anybody who put their feet under her table was treated like family.  I have the pleasure of working with and for their son Glenn.  The integrity, honor and god-loving qualities in their son directly reflect on them as parents.  I pray for healing, not only for the family but that of their church family, and greater community that enjoyed Lyle and Marylin.  May comfort be found in celebrating their legacy and their home going. 

Tammy Sweeis Oct 30 2020 12:00 AM

I had the joy of working with Lyle on any occasions in my duties at Mountain Parks Electric.  What a wonderful endearing man.  He was one of the most meticulous and fine craftsmen I ever worked around. I only had the pleasure of spending a couple of minutes around Marylin on a few trips to their home, Lyle was always chomping at the bit to get the work done. My heart shattered when the word came of their passing. Rest in peace dear friends.

Scott Powers Oct 29 2020 12:00 AM

The night of the big one, I watched from Granby in horror as the flames moved North-East from where we first saw them near C-Lazy-U.  We thought, this is impossible, there's no way it moved that fast!  I could see Table Mountain in the distance, back lit by the fire, and I just knew it was total devastation.  As I listened to the scanner, I heard, "elderly couple trapped in basement", and I could bare it no more, I had to turn it off.  Days later, when I heard it was Lyle and Marylin, my heart sank.  I worked for Lyle for two summers in the late 90's, and only stopped working for him after he had a stroke.  My brother, working for Greg Miyachi, and I was working with Lyle.  We would often work on the same jobs around the area, and the most memorable was the Pitcher's barn. The barn dances were an amazing sight, friends and families gathering over dance and music, and there were smiles all around, I never left there feeling unhappy or unwelcome.  Lyle was the epitome of a family man, they were and still are his everything.  My words cannot describe my admiration of Lyle, he had integrity, strength and kindness.  My heart goes out to all the Lyle's family, and all of his non-related family in the area.  The ravaged valley will never look the same, but the memories and stories from there will live in our hearts and minds for eternity.  His legacy will live on, and his family, friends and the community, will be forever lucky to have such a man to look up to in life.  

Tyson Oct 29 2020 12:00 AM