Tuesday, April 9, 2013

Obituary: Arland D. Hillyard

Arland Duce Hillyard
March 3, 1932 - March 9, 2013

Arland Duce Hillyard, 81, died Saturday, March 9, 2013, in Modesto, California. Arland was born March 3, 1932 in Richmond, Utah to Lucile Duce and Neal Jacobsen Hillyard.

Arland joined the Air Force during the Korean War. While stationed in Texas he met his bride, Mary Louise Smith. They were married September 22, 1953, and would have been married 60 years this fall.

He worked for Lockheed for thirty years and retired as a satellite engineer from Sunnyvale, California. They moved from San Jose, California to Los Banos, California in 1991 where they lived until recently.

He was an active member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and was the former director of the Los Banos Family History Center. He knowledge of and love for genealogy made him a popular lecturer at various venues in the county.

Arland and his wife have lived all over the world, from Texas to Japan, to Maryland and California. His love of people and curiosity about life took him all over the United States and to Norway and England as well. He was a loving husband, father and friend and will be missed by all who knew him.

Arland is survived by his loving wife, Mary Louise Hillyard; daughter Maureen Lee Mullis (Stanley) and sons Arland and Kevin; daughter Cheryl Anne Stejskal (Don) and children Neal Christiansen Meldrim (Linsey), Eric Christiansen (Amber, daughter Cassie), Andrew Stejskal (Dayna) and Natalie Smith (Damien, children Jacob and Angelina).

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