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Cecil Dorian Hilborn
After a lifetime of service to the Lord, Cecil Dorian Hilborn heard the call from his Lord to come home after a short battle with an incurable, untreatable lung disease. He always said that when God called his name, he would be ready; and so it was, on Tuesday, July 26, 2011, that God called him home and he Crossed the Bridge at Northern Inyo Hospital in Bishop, Calif.
Cecil Dorian Hilborn was born Nov. 3, 1936 in Los Angeles, Calif. to Leo Henry Hilborn and Cecil Ora Parks-Hilborn. The second of six children, Dorian, as he came to be known, was an active, inquisitive child and loved to tinker with things, taking them apart and putting them back together again.
Give him an automobile to tinker with and he was happy; always fixing, racing, rebuilding or just watching NASCAR. With his love of all things automobile, Dorian’s natural choice of a career was in the automotive repair field. It wasn’t long before he had his own popular business doing transmission repair and for 39 years he operated Hilborn Transmission in San Bernardino, Calif. For many years he was the California ATRA President and was highly respected for the work and changes he helped make. His love of automobiles kept him busy as he and his brothers spent many hours rebuilding and restoring vintage cars and staying involved in NASCAR activities. Rarely did you ever see Dorian without a tool in his hand, grease on his clothes or not at the wheel of some big piece of equipment.
He spent many years vacationing in the Owens Valley and visiting his brother and sister-in-law, Blair and Cheryl Hilborn, and their family. Dorian loved the outdoors and he spent many weekends camping out with his family and friends. He was devoted to his family and was active in their activities … “on the sidelines,” “cheering” or “on the road,” driving the teams to their next competition.
He lived in Green Valley Lake, Calif. in the San Bernardino Mountains for 35 years where he made many friends and was a prominent member of the community. He was assistant captain on the local volunteer fire department, ran a successful snow removal/trash hauling business and was an Elder in the Green Valley Community Church. He spent two weeks every spring camping out with the Rancheros Vistadores where he was on the “work crew.” He spent countless hours making coffee for their meals and became lovingly known as “The Coffee Guy.”
Four years ago, he moved to Benton, Calif. to be near his longtime friend, Nancee Crowell, and they married in October of 2010. This move to Benton was his final move and was where he spent his final years happy and content to be once again in the country and working around his beloved automobiles and animals.
Dorian was preceded in death by his parents, Leo and Cecil Ora Hilborn; stepfather, Frank Carney; wife of 34 years, Shirley; brothers, Wendell and Blair Hilborn; and grandson, Eric Blomdahl. He is survived by his loving wife, Nancee; brothers, Gareth (Carol) Hilborn of Pioneer, Calif. and Dale (Christy) Carney of Santee, Calif.; sister, Michelle Worely of Citrus Heights, Calif.; sisters-in-law, Cheryl Hilborn of Bishop and Roberta Turner of Scottsdale, Ariz.; children, Michele (Rick) Blomdahl of Portland, Ore., Kevin (Pam) Hilborn of Nuevo, Calif. and Darrell and Mindy Mayfield-Hilborn of San Bernardino; stepchildren, Jeff (Java) Thacker of Homeland, Calif., Ken (Mandy) Thacker of Charlotte, N.C., and Katie (Larry) Taylor of Carlin, Nev.; and 10 grandchildren, numerous cousins, nieces, nephews and a multitude of friends.
This man of many faces … who knew not one stranger in his life … will be missed by all who knew and loved him. Rest in Peace my dear husband and friend. You have “Crossed the Bridge” are now Home with your beloved Lord and Savior.
The family invites you to join them in celebrating Dorian’s life at memorial services held at 1 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 11 at White Mountain Bible Chapel in Benton. It will be a potluck lunch to celebrate Dorian’s wonderful life. The final Celebration of Life for Dorian Hilborn will be held at 1 p.m. on Oct. 1 at Green Valley Lake Community Church in Green Lake Valley, in Southern California.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made in his name to the American Lung Association for research and treatment of lung diseases, or the animal rescue of your choice.