Family of couple killed in East Troublesome Fire builds pavilion to honor them
The pavilion is built on the land where Lyle and Marylin Hileman died. It was something the couple hoped to build before the fire destroyed everything.
GRAND COUNTY, Colo. — It’s hard to measure loss. That’s why Glenn Hileman focuses on building.
“For whatever reason, my way of grieving was focusing my energy and focus on the vision of their property still continuing,” Glenn said. “That legacy is continuing.”
The memory of Glenn’s parents who died in the East Troublesome Fire last year is being kept alive as Grand County continues to rebuild.
Lyle and Marylin Hileman were killed the night the wildfire grew more than 100,000 acres in one day.
Nearly a year later, their family and friends are coming together to honor one of their final wishes.
“Right before we left she handed me a piece of paper and suggested that she had named the park and also the pavilion,” Glenn said. “We’re hoping to have it ready by Monday, the anniversary of the day she told us about her dream for this park coming to fruition.”
There’s no hiding the burned trees and memories of the East Troublesome Fire. Yet the growth is impossible to miss.
The last time Glenn saw his parents was the weekend of October 4, 2020. Marylin gave her son instructions for the pavilion she wanted to build. Then the fire came three weeks later.