Howard Lisle Bill­man


San Francisco Chronicle Late Edition - - LIFE TRIBUTES -

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.

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