Howard Lisle Billman
Howard, our beloved father, grandfather and friend, embraced life with grace, optimism, humor and a sense of adventure.
Declining pressure to attend Dartmouth College as had both his father and grandfather, Howard elected to pursue a BA in illustrative design and photography at the Art Center College of Design, Pasadena. Howard admired, created and pursued beauty by: capturing exquisite photo images; playing the clarinet and cello; turning out a fine oil painting; building or enhancing an elegant property; designing a flourishing garden; reveling in cloud and land formations when flying his beloved plane over sea and land; reaching a glorious summit when hiking; and winning his lovely wife.
Howard met his wife Iran while in college, after 3 years of aerial photography and mapping for the Navy. For 54 years, they engaged fully in life, raising three daughters in San Francisco: Azita, Sheila and Desiree. Eventually, they gained two sons, Farzin and Paul, and five granddaughters, Kimia, Niki, Skylar Lisle, Kayla & Kiana.
A competitive athlete, many thought Howard would play major league baseball. He ran 2 SF Marathons, golfed from Lincoln Park to Pebble Beach, played tennis at the SF Tennis Club, mountain biked, & hiked.
Howard spent the bulk of his professional life building and developing real estate. In later years, he made time to serve on the board of the California Heritage Council, and support nonprofits, including those dedicated to the environment and the arts. He and Iran traveled the world and entertained often. When plans to fly his plane around the world coincided with Iran’s health decline, he canceled his dream trip, and prioritized her. Howard’s kindheartedness, intellectual curiosity, authenticity and warmth will be dearly missed. A Memorial Service will be held September 24, 2017.