William Lyle Hubbard
November 20, 1926 ~ January 26, 2018
William Lyle Hubbard, 91, passed away at his home in South Lake Tahoe January 26, in the company of family.
Lyle was born November 20, 1926, in Bolivar, Missouri, to Walter Ray (Pop) and Gladys Ruth (Taylor) Hubbard. Dorothy Mae (Blaylock) Hubbard, his high school sweetheart and companion for 60 years passed away in 2005. He was also preceded in death by his Daughter, Rebecca Ruth (Hubbard) Munn, and eight of his siblings. He is survived by his brother Carl Burke Hubbard of Sarasota, Florida, Daughters Jennie Hall of Arroyo Grande, Ca. and Cindy Beem of Ojai, California, son Roger Hubbard, of South Lake Tahoe, Ca., eight grandchildren, fifteen great grand-children, and two great-great grand-children. Those blessed to have known him, who also viewed him as “Dad” are innumerable.
Lyle’s family moved to Santa Paula, Ca. in the early 40’s where he attended high school before joining the Army and serving during WWII. After the war he found work at a Standard Oil Service Station on Oxnard Blvd., and pursued a 40 year career path from that gas station to Production Forman offshore in the Santa Barbara Channel. He and Dorothy raised four lucky children near Oxnard in a home that hosted many Blaylock and Hubbard family potlucks. While the men argued about cars and gas mileage, Lyle would be found playing and wrestling with the kids, or helping make ice cream, or making the kids make ice cream.
In 1989 Dorothy and Lyle moved to Tahoe and built a dream home on the river in Christmas Valley, which would host numerous family weddings, funerals, and reunions, and incubate more rich memories. In Tahoe Lyle worked with his family at Lakeside Glass, was active in Elks 2094, and volunteered at the Women’s Center.
His Kekin Street neighbors, his family, his co-workers, and anyone lucky enough to walk under his umbrella for a step or two would all say the same thing: He was the finest man I ever knew.