On March 21, 2012, Jerry Lee Hylton, originally of Lyle, Wash., lost his five-year battle with kidney cancer at the age of 61. He was born June 21, 1950, the third child of Audrey and Stanley Hylton, and spent his formative years in Lyle.
After graduating in 1968 from Lyle High School, he continued to live most of his life in or near the Columbia River Gorge area. Jerry lived life freely and would often throw caution to the wind and jump into new life experiences.
His fondest memory of these adventures was his time spent driving for the Philadelphia Phillies baseball team. He continued to wear a Phillies jacket the rest of his life in support of the team, no matter how good or how badly they were playing.
His learned skills as a union carpenter provided a reasonable living and allowed him the chance to practice his entrepreneurial interests including owning his own restaurant and trying his hand as a bakery/convenience store purveyor. His true passion, however, was the fine art of bartering and exchanging goods.
He is survived by his three brothers, Dwaine, of Chehalis, Wash., Bruce (Beth), of Toledo, Wash., and Craig, of Lyle, Wash.; his one sister, Kay (Judd) Parks, of Vancouver, Wash.; his son, Jonas (Kelly), and grandson, Rowan, of Scottsdale, Ariz.; and many beloved cousins, nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews.
A remembrance of his life will be held at the Lyle Celebration Center in Lyle, Wash., on March 31 at 1:30 in the afternoon with a potluck gathering immediately following.
Arrangements are under the direction of Gardner Funeral Home, 1270 N. Main, White Salmon, Wash.; 509-493-1323.
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