Kyle Patrick Kilman
Jan. 1, 1964 - July 26, 2015
Kyle Patrick Kilman, 51, from Fairfield, Texas, died on Sunday, July 26, 2015, in the Pickens Cancer Hospital in Dallas, Texas, from complications due to cancer. Coach Kilman's funeral services will be 10 a.m., Wednesday, July 29, at Teague First Baptist Church in Teague, Texas, with a graveside service at 2 p.m. in the afternoon at Malakoff Cemetery. The visitation will take place at First Baptist Church in Teague from 6 to 8 p.m., Tuesday, July 28. Kyle's Pastor Steve Cowart and Pastor Jerry Johnson will officiate the services, and Kim Harris will deliver the eulogy.
Born on January 1, 1964 in West Monroe, Louisiana, to Dr. and Mrs. PT Kilman. Kyle grew up in Malakoff, Texas, attending school there until his graduation from Malakoff High School in 1982. Always concerned with academics, Kyle attended Baylor University and University of Texas at Tyler where he graduated with a degree in history and education, and later earned his Masters in Civil War Studies at the American Military University. Blending his love of education and sports, Kyle began his career at Crossroads High School and moved on to Lancaster, Groesbeck, and Manor High Schools and Navarro College before finishing his career in Teague High School.
Throughout his career, Kyle was well known for developing a foundation that quickly evolved into an incomparable baseball program. His baseball career resulted in over 300 wins with the 2015 season ending at the Regional Finals against West High School, a record for Coach Kilman and the Teague Lions. Likewise, his passion for football could be felt in the heart of every athlete he ever coached, and his love for coaching was proven through the 24-hour a day dedication to the defensive strategies, football fodder and hours upon hours of opponent film watching. Kyle was not just a coach; he was highly celebrated for his success in the classroom as well.
For a quarter of a century, students have gained a curious love for the study of the past in a way that is unparalleled, for Coach Kilman, the history teacher, was truly a remarkable storyteller. No one has left his classroom unchanged; through his eyes they were made to "see" and "feel" history as real and not just empty words in a textbook. His career has brought many awards including several Teacher of the Year awards, a State All-Star Coach award, Who's Who Among High School Teachers, and countless District Coach of the Year awards through several baseball districts. More than that is the impression that Coach Kilman has made on the lives of students, coaches, teachers, parents, family and friends everywhere.
Personally, Kyle's other passions included traveling and exploring historical settings, hunting of all sorts, fishing, reading non-fiction, supporting the military, watching and attending sporting events, and spending time with his family especially on his beautiful back porch.
Kyle was as passionate about his faith as he was every other aspect of his life. At age 16, Kyle knew he would follow Christ, and he would prove his faith through study and his Christian character. It was amazingly evident on Thursday, July 16, 2015, when over a hundred visitors sat in his hospital room listening to his testimony and prayer. Even after, his servant's heart continued to touch the lives of the last of his visitors and hospital staff.
Kyle was preceded in death by his father and mother, PT and Helen Kilman; his aunt; and his mother's twin sister, Hazel, to whom he was very close.
Kyle is survived by his wife, Lynne, and their daughter, Abigail; two sons, Lt. Patrick Kilman and Broc and wife, Brooke, and children, Caden, Addyson and Casen Kyle Kilman. He is also survived by his brother, Kevin Kilman; a nephew, Augustus Kilman, along with many loving and close cousins including, Wayne and Linda Clark, Ann and Jim Stevens, and Bob and Gale Dosser; as well, he leaves behind a chocolate lab, Bailey, and a German Shepherd, Trigger; both playful additions to his home.
Pallbearers are Larry Adair, Luke Allison, Jeff Callahan, Richie Cutrer, Darrell Evans, Randy Rush, Chris Skinner, and Larry Sloan.
The Kilmans want to thank everyone for their support, kindness, and prayers through his battle with cancer, but especially Eighth Avenue Baptist Church, Teague ISD and High School, Dr. Cowey, nurse Kathy Coleman, Betty and Kent Henry, Melanie and Dileep Bhateley and Clay Crane.
In lieu of flowers, the Kilman family asks for donations to continuing a scholarship in Kyle's memory.
Donations can be made to Kyle Kilman Scholarship, Alliance Bank, 4721 Bosque Blvd, Waco, TX, 76710. As well, donations can be dropped off at the high school. Call Melanie Bhateley at 254-741-8090 for more information. Education was a priority in Kyle's life, and he would wish to continue helping students' lives.
"My religious belief teaches me to feel as safe in battle as in bed. God has fixed the time for my death. I do not concern myself about that, but to be always ready, no matter when it may overtake me. That is the way all men should live, and then all would be equally brave."–General Thomas "Stonewall"
JacksonGriffin-Roughton Funeral Home in Fairfield, Texas, is in charge of arrangements for Mr. Kilman.
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