Sidney Parker Worthington

July 8, 1946March 19, 2020

Sidney Parker Worthington, 73, passed away on Thursday, March 19, 2020, in Lansing, Michigan. Born in Jackson, Michigan on July 8, 1946 to Howard and Vivian Worthington, he grew up on Lansing's South Side and graduated from Lansing Everett High School. He received a B.S. from Michigan State University, and later went on to earn a J.D. from Thomas M. Cooley Law School, and an LL.M from King's College of London. Sid, as he was most commonly known, was a great believer in the power of civic involvement and the importance of taking an active role in one's community. Few life resumes have been more eclectic than Sid's. Lansing City Council member, State of Michigan legislative analyst, environmental lawyer, landscape company founder, girls softball coach, and gate keeper of obscure political facts of questionable usefulness. Sid performed all of these roles with great wit and panache. It was that humor and character that kept his wife, Lezlee, giggling for 30 years of marriage, and his four children rolling their eyes for most of their lives. The very cornerstone of Sid's resume, however, was his deep love and commitment to his family. A conversation with him could never be had without a beaming mention of one of the Worthington clan. No accomplishment was ever too small or of too little importance for him to share proudly with those around him. In the community, he was known as a man of loyalty and compassion with a great love for a well-timed and amusing turn of phrase. His impact will forever be felt by those who were blessed enough to have known him. He was preceded in death by his father, Howard Sidney Worthington and his sister, Kaygie Goggins. He will be lovingly remembered by his wife of 30 years, Lezlee Worthington; his children, Abigail (Alexander Hudson) Worthington, Iris (Erik) Hilsinger, Charles Worthington, and Suzanna Worthington; his grandchildren, Inara, Ragnar, and Teslin Hilsinger; his mother, Vivian Johnson; his brother, Bruce Worthington; his sister, Jane Worthington; and his best friend of 40 years Charlie Creamer. Public services to honor the life of Sidney Worthington will be planned at a later date. Until such time as a memorial is announced, the family encourages you to share your memories in the comments. In lieu of flowers, and in honor of his belief in the importance of civic education and engagement, memorial contributions in Sid's name may be made to the Michigan Center for Civic Education, 306 Townsend Street, Lansing, MI 48933 • (517) 367- 6422 •


  • Services will be held at a later date


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Sandra Christian

March 29, 2020

We send sincere condolences to Lezlee and the whole Worthington family. Sid was indeed a great wit and loads of fun to be around! Primarily in the 70s thru 90s he was a beloved member of a group called Friday Frolics. He was a prolific writer--and regaled us all with stories of his travels and acquaintances. He will be greatly missed! Sandy (Svec) Christian

Suzanne Moore

March 26, 2020

Sid always had a smile on his face as well as a kind word for everyone. May your cherished memories of this great man bring you comfort and may knowing that he is in God's loving embrace give you peace.

Sandy Draggoo

March 24, 2020

I had the privilege of working with Sid for several years. I would also see him with his beautiful flowers when I would go to Charlie Creamer’s office which was in Sid’s building. I didn’t drive down Cedar Street without admiring his flowers. They added to many people’s joy!

May Sid Rest In Peace!

Sandy Draggoo

Robyn Ball

March 23, 2020

As a young girl just beginning to learn to shave my legs, Sid gave the lesson of my life on the different grades of razors. He was just talking to a group of us in the Clifton Street family room about his tender face and why it was critical to him that he got the best razors out there. He spoke of jagged edges and why the cheaper razors were cheap. I listened intently.

Then, I was there when he discussed his razor revelations with his younger cousin Gregg Ball. Gregg's face was tender, too and he asked Sid about it. Sid piped right up.

One day I was in a store with Gregg and again I got Sid's man-to-man lesson on razors verbatim. It was great observing them.

Sid also opened my eyes to fast pitch softball when I was about 12. Man, he could throw that ball! I'd never seen anything like it!

I also remember Kaygie supporting her brother by helping him campaign for the state Senate.

Turney Gratz

March 22, 2020

Sid, a good, honorable and humble man. Willing to engage in discussions on all sorts of subjects. Always pleasant, even when disagreeing.
Took his public service very seriously.
Fond memories!
Sympathy and best wishes for his family and friends.