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Darlene C. Heyn

January 10, 1936May 12, 2020

Darlene “Dee” Heyn, aged 84, passed away in the early morning hours of May 12, 2020 following a days long fight against Covid-19.

Dee was born in January 1936 in Hardin, MT to Charlotte and Theodore Dumler; sister to Sally, Caroline (deceased) and Ted (deceased). She was raised in the Hardin area, graduating from Hardin High School in 1953. She then moved to Billings to attend Billings Business College, earning an Associate's degree.

It was in Billings she met the love of her life, Alexander (Al) Heyn, marrying in July 1956, who preceded her in death November 1991.

She was a loving Mother to two sons, Harlan and Clint. As a family they moved and saw many places in the US, spending time in Billings, Tulsa, Littleton, Chicago, Houston, and finally settling down in Littleton, CO.

Dee loved to travel and play golf. She had a very active social life, going to the movies, taking friends to Clint’s plays, playing bridge, visiting and catching up with family and friends. She would drive an hour just to have lunch or cheer at the numerous sporting events with her grandchildren, Kendra, Erick, Jordyn and Kanon, and Great-Grandchildren Riley and Graham.

Dee was also a faithful Christian, keeping involved by working as a secretary at St. Martin’s Lutheran Church and later with Saint Philip Lutheran Church.

She loved talking about the Broncos and Rockies, often traveling with friends to Spring training in Arizona to enjoy the warm weather after a cold Colorado winter, and play golf.

Dee was the fun cousin and Aunt to Don, Greg & Harold, Scott & Ted, and Bonnie & Sharon (deceased), Chuck (deceased), Barb, Joy, Claire, Robin, Guy (deceased) Trudi, Stan, Shawnee & Rick. She loved meeting at family reunions or for shorter visits, reminiscing and having a few good laughs, and playing golf.

Dee filled many roles in her time on Earth. Daughter, Sister, Wife, Mother, Grandmother, Great-Grandmother, Aunt, Cousin, Friend, Confidant. She will be remembered as a kind woman, someone who enjoyed life and the relationships she forged. Someone who always lent an ear, some advice, food from the garden, or in many cases a place to stay for the night or longer. Her presence on earth was a blessing and she will be missed.

In lieu of flowers the family asks that you donate to St Philip Lutheran Church or The Denver Actors Fund (see below).

Celebration information will be announced at a later date when it is safe for all to travel and be social, not distant.


No public services are scheduled at this time. Receive a notification when services are updated.


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Jo Ann Bickham

May 21, 2020

My sympathy to Clint, Harlan and family. Dee and I have enjoyed a long-time friendship and enjoyed a conversation only a few days before her death, remembering all the good and ornery times we shared. We were neighbors for many years, and continued our friendship even though I moved away from the neighborhood. She was there for me when I became a widow, and I for her when Al died. Our burial plots are so near that we always said "we'd be neighbors forever." Dee was a kind, loving Christian woman who loved her family deeply and enjoyed sharing pictures of those great-grandsons. She will be missed by many - I already do! Love and God's blessings to the family.

Barbara Teyler

May 18, 2020

I am Dee's niece, the daughter of uncle Al's oldest brother Chuck Heyn. I have such fold memories of Dee as she was always so special to me. Al and Dee would come out to the farm northeast of Billings where I was raised and after they moved to Tulsa I was just sure our family life was over as we always spent Christmases and Thanksgivings at Grandma Heyn's on Wicks Lane in Billings Heights. I will always remember her infectious laugh and quick witt. She was special. My condolences to her kids and their families. She will be greatly missed!

Chris Harrison

May 17, 2020

Harlan & Clint,

I am Guy’s ex-wife and was truly saddened to hear of your Mom’s passing. I adored her and have many fond memories of our family gatherings. I’m sorry for your loss.


May 16, 2020

Dear Harlan and Clint,
Your mother was very dear to me, and I can't remember a time in my life when she wasn't there for me (Billings to Tulsa to Houston). She was always kind and loving. She never judged and always encouraged. Besides her generous love and laughter, she was an amazing cook. As youth, we shared many good meals together. Just recently your mom and I spoke on the phone, and she sent me my favorite recipies: Kartoffel Fuelda, Kraut Bebook, and of course the Blarney Stones. These will always be made in her memory. My love and prayers are with you both.

With Love,

Carrie York

May 16, 2020

I have so many memories of Dee and so happy she was my friend for 30 years! She would be pleased with her nicely written obituary, I am so sorry for her loss to the whole family and as Harlan said so well she always ran into people she knew whenever we were out to lunch, movies, golfing, and plays. Truly a wonderful, strong and caring woman.

Denise Samuels

May 16, 2020

Hey Clint so sorry to hear about your mom prayers for comfort me oh God in heaven you and your family would comfort at this difficult time❤🙏🏾

Anna Lamm Jones

May 15, 2020

Deepest condolences to Clint, Harlan and your families. I have great memories of your family from our shared years at St. Martin’s. My parents were very fond of your parents. Dee left a beautiful legacy in all she did, and you two sons are proof of that!

Doris Pesko

May 15, 2020

My condolences to the family. I never met Dee in person, but I spoke to her on the phone several times. She was always very friendly. I just recently sent her the Heyn reunion invitation and added a little note to show her sons in case they did not know about our reunions. Unfortunately, we MAY have to cancel for this year, just waiting to see what happens by Aug 2. So sorry for your loss.

Doris Pesko, Secretary

Sandra Conroy

May 15, 2020

Dee was a very special person, who had a great attitude on life. I worked with Dee for over 20 years as her financial advisor and she quickly became my friend. We would have many great talks about her family and politics, not to mention golfing. I will miss her zucchini bread and will especially miss her laughter!
Rest in peace my friend.

Sally Meloy Clesi

May 15, 2020

I will always remember her cheery smile when I saw her at St. Martin’s. I know my parents enjoyed Dee and Al when they were at the different services/activities/parties/get togethers at the church. I send my sincerest condolences to Clint and the family and friends. May she Rest In Peace and eternal glory with God our Father and her beloved husband and all who she has now joined.


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