Hylan Franklin Kirkland

Hylan Franklin Kirkland, our beloved husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather, brother, and uncle, passed away peacefully on December 16, 2020 due to complications resulting from Covid19. Hylan was born on September 16th, 1945 in Saint George, UT to Steven Emerson Kirkland and Mary Evelyn Temples. Hylan grew up working many hours on the family farm and graduated from Dixie High School in 1963. He spent many of his teenage and adult years romping around Southern Utah with many of his brothers and creating quite a ruckus. He married Nina Isom on March 11, 1967 in Hurricane, UT and they built their family of four daughters and two sons. Hylan served six years in the Army National Guard and qualified as an expert marksman with the rifle. He received his automotive repair certificate and attended two years of schooling at Dixie College.

Hylan was a hard worker. He worked as an automobile mechanic for a majority of his life, and he always had a vehicle he would be working on as a project. Even after retirement, he never stopped working. Hylan was an avid outdoorsman. He loved to travel, camp, hike, fish, and hunt, and he was always on the move. He especially loved to share his wealth of knowledge and he served as a Cub Scout Master for 12 years. Hylan loved people and was an avid talker, quick to smile and telling jokes and stories. He was comfortable talking with lifelong friends and new strangers alike, and he opened his home to everyone.

Hylan dedicated his life to his family and was proud of his heritage. Nothing was more important to him than his children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren. He was constantly serving his fellow man and he left an impression on everyone he met. He exhibited Christlike qualities more than anyone we know in his words, actions, and deeds. In his later years, he could be found each morning at First Stop and each afternoon at Bishop’s Café to make sure he got his coffee and his daily dose of dirty jokes.

Words cannot express how much Hylan will be missed by those he left behind, but he is now reunited with his loved ones who proceeded him in death and wrapped joyfully in the merciful arms of God. Hylan is preceded in death by his son, Dirk Herbert Kirkland, his parents, two sisters, one brother, and several nieces and nephews. He is survived by his wife, Nina Isom Kirkland; his children, Neidra Merrill, Lonnie (Mark) Braby, Hylan (Elizabeth) Kirkland II, Amanda (Anthony) Young, and Kassie (Bryan) Pitts; as well as 14 grandchildren, 4 great-grandchildren, and a plethora of brothers, sisters, nieces, and nephews.

Funeral services are limited to family & close friends on Monday, December 21, 2020 at 11:00am at Spilsbury Mortuary, 110 S. Bluff St, St. George, UT. Viewing will be held Sunday, December 20, 2020 5-7pm, and Monday, December 21, 2020 9:30-10:30 also at Spilsbury Mortuary. Face coverings are required. The services will be broadcast for others interested in celebrating his life, please log in to webcast.funeralrecording.com. Type in the event number 43131 and password HFK2020. Interment will be at Hurricane City Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Lonnie Braby via venmo @Lonniebraby, a gofundme at https://bit.ly/2LMUQZR, or mailed to 365 North 500 West Saint George, UT 84770.

The family wishes to express their heartfelt thanks to the ICU and staff at Dixie Regional Medical Center for their special care and helpful assistance in accommodating the family in regard to the extra restrictions at this time, especially nurses Troy and Tyler.

Arrangements are made under the direction of Spilsbury Mortuary, 110 S Bluff St, St. George, Utah. Friends and family are invited to sign his online guestbook at www.spilsburymortuary.com




5:00 – 7:00 p.m.

Second Visitation

9:30 – 10:30 a.m.


11:00 a.m.


Spilsbury Mortuary Chapel
110 S. Bluff
St. George, UT


12:00 p.m.
Hurricane City Cemetery
225 E 600 N, Hurricane, UT 84737

Guest Book

21 Responses

  1. He was a great 1st cousin, a personal friend, and a terrific role model!! You will be missed my friend. Skip Smith

  2. As I have gone through life I’ve have traveled from coast to coast, I’ve even been to Europe. I have had the pleasure of sharing the acquaintance of man, many people. There are a handful that touch your life in such a way you can say you are truly a better person for having known them. Hylan is one of those people in my life.
    Honest, caring,, hardworking, a man of his word, a true gentleman.
    I can only hope and strive to be half the man Hylan was. I’m honored to have called him a true friend. I’m stunned by his passing but comforted in knowing he is in our Heavenly Father’s fold now.
    Thank you Nina and family for sharing him with me and Zenoch.

  3. Bishop’s won’t be the same without Hylan! We’ll miss his smile, his jokes and his friendship. He made the world a brighter place and will never be forgotten. Our hearts go out to his wife Nina, his children and all of his family. ❤️

  4. Dear Family, We know that words can not express to you how we feel, let alone what you must be feeling at this time. To say, we are sorry for your loss, is not enough. So all we can say is, We will miss Hylan too. May you know that your family is in our prayers, and the memories of Hylan will be forever in our hearts. In this life we make many friends, and one day we shall see them again. To close friends, we place a gold star, so for me, beside Hylan Kirkland there will be two stars.** Rocky and Sherry Schmalz

  5. To my dear friends Nina and family,
    What a special group you are to me and my family. Having lived around the corner from you for many years, I remember so much about Hylan’s scouting years and the good honest person he was. You children, I remember everyone of you growing up In the Tenth Ward and some of you are our children’s closest friends and those are fond memories. Nina is my dear friend, and my heart weeps for you sweet Nina. Young Hylan worked for us at Andrus Trucking and oh how happy we were when he got married. That was a very happy time for him. We love all of you and pray for peace to be in your hearts.
    God bless you always,
    Clo Ella Andrus and family

  6. Dear Nina, my heart aches for you and your beautiful family. You are in my prayers many times a day. I love reading about Hylan’s life. I didn’t know him well, but I’ve talked to him enough to know that he adores you and he always will. I pray that you will feel his love and the love of our Savior and Heavenly Father. I’m thankful you have such a wonderful family. I love you!

  7. May your family be blessed as we who knew Hyland were It was pleasure to work with him at Bradshaw Ford and to get to know him
    I will never forget the experiences we had together

  8. Hyland was one of the few Kirkland children we Temples descendants got to see in Georgia fairly regularly. We always looked forward to seeing him. Mama always loved to have him stay at the farm when he came. He will be missed.

  9. My heart ❤ goes out to you all. Mr. Kirkland was indeed a doer of good and a hard worker. He will be incredibly missed by family and friends. May you all find peace in this hard time of mortal loss. 🥰

  10. My heartfelt condolences to your family. May you find some peace at this time of the end of his mortal journey. Mr. Hylan Kirkland was an incredible person who cherished his family. He was very friendly and talkative, and nice. He will definitely be missed by many. 💞

  11. Nina and family, a truly excellent example of life’s mission has graduated, from this mortal existence. He will be missed. He was a blessings to all who knew him.

  12. I moved away right after graduation but got to know your Father planning our classes last reunion. He was a joy to work with and get to know again. He always seemed so happy and so thoughtful. He will be missed by his classmates and I’m sure you as his family. There is no replacement for a good Father. Sending you love and prayers during this time.

  13. I will truly miss my my favorite uncle. He has always gone above and beyond for family. I refer to him as the glue to the Kirkland family. @

  14. Nina and family,
    I was sad to hear of Hylan’s passing. He was always my favorite of the Kirklands. It meant so much to me when he stopped in Idaho Falls and visited a few (maybe several) years ago. May you all find comfort in knowing and remembering him as one of the good guys.
    Bless you all, Sincerely,

  15. I’m so sorry , I just heard from a mutual patient that Hylan had died. I still hard to comprehend. We had lots of conversations when he was here about solving the problems of the world and lots of other issues. Nina , James, Cassie I don’t know what to say but I’m sorry for lost. The man upstairs better be ready for Hylan

  16. I was sorry to hear of your loss! It has been about four years since my husband passed away! It is a great loss but it is also hard to see them in pain! I send my love and sympathy! Emily Cook

  17. All of you are in our thoughts and wishes for comfort, while you grieve. Steve really enjoyed Hylan calling him to chat about different things, and he has expressed that these calls will be greatly missed. Hylan helped Steve out in numerous ways, which were appreciated very much and will never be forgotten. Hylan obviously accomplished a life well-lived and enjoyed. God Bless all of you, and we hope the sadness becomes less poignant and replaced by a mellow consciousness of having had a good husband, father, grandfather, and great-grandfather here on Earth.

  18. I met Hylan thru Nina – He was a sweet and special man. He always Welcomed me to their home when I came to visit.
    Love you Lots Nina and family,
    Deana Wright.

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