Jack Thomas Lilly was born Dec. 8, 1948, in Hannibal, Mo., one of two children born to Margaret and Charles Lilly.
Described as an adventurous and playful child. He graduated from Fox High School in Arnold, Mo. Soon after, Jack enlisted in the United States Coast Guard.
He spent four years in the service and was stationed in various parts of the world. He was decorated several times for his bravery and given an honorable discharge.
Jack joined the San Diego Police Department in early 1970 and served for 33 years. He worked various areas of command, mostly enjoying positions that were highly sought after. One can say he had a colorful career. Again, he was decorated for his bravery and dedication to duty.
Jack spent many years traveling out to the Colorado Rockies — hunting, fishing and vacationing. So, when it came time for retiring, he chose the Colorado Rockies. He moved to Pagosa Springs in 2003 and began his new life as a retiree.
Jack wasn’t satisfied being idle, so he volunteered with the sheriff’s department, organizing the sheriff’s volunteer program. He was seen behind the scenes with other different volunteer groups offering up his help for free.
He was a kind and generous man. Jack’s interest also lay in water sports, whether it was in the ocean, on the river or on some peaceful lake.
Jack was preceded in death by his father, Charles W. Lilly, and survived by his mother, Margaret Ann Lilly, sister Joyce Ann Boss and his son, Charles William Borden.
Jack left us on Sept. 6, 2010, in the early morning hours. It is believed he suffered a massive heart attack. It can be said Jack got his wish, to go quickly and before the snow.
His family, close friends and everyone who he touched during his life will sorely miss him. His ashes will be spread in his beloved Rocky Mountains.