Olinger Crown Hill Mortuary & Cemetery

7777 West 29Th Ave, Wheat Ridge, CO


Les Hydle

April 6, 1951June 10, 2012

Leslie Kenneth Hydle (herein referred to as Les, Dad, Big Papa or simply “the man”) was born in Los Angeles, California on April 6, 1951. He was one of 6 kids (R.T., Shirley, Craig, Suzanne and Lanette) born to Ralph and Nan Hydle.

Growing up Les, always had a love of music. He played in bands as a teenager, and continued to communicate with friends who he used to play with. He always wanted to be a radio DJ, and never passed up an opportunity to have a conversation about music with anyone who would listen. He related to the world through music, everything was filtered through a familiar song and he played it continually.

Les found a love of the Rocky Mountains at a young age and moved to Colorado. Here he was married to Susan for 34 years and discovered his passion for the mountains and of skiing. Not only did he teach all his kids how to ski, he volunteered for the National Sports Center for the Disabled for over 30 years. He used this program to inspire in young kids the excitement for skiing, so they could experience the same joy he had for the mountains.

His last love was a passion for riding his motorcycle. Les starting riding again about 30 years ago and used to take his kids for rides on the back of his bike. Although his grandkids were still too young, Big Papa would let them sit on his bike – one could see that rides were going to be in their future too.

Les’s final day was Saturday, June 9th. It was a gorgeous, hot, blue bird Colorado day and he was out riding his brand new, to him, 2008 Yamaha Venture. He spent the morning introducing his youngest grandchild, Rylan, to his very first sit on a motorcycle. He was showing off the stereo system on the bike to his daughter and even joking how all the radio stations were programmed in Spanish, from the previous owner, and he just couldn't figure out how to reprogram them. After taking some pictures with Rylan and Keeghan, another grandson, he rode off to visit Greg and show him his (in the words of Greg) "Sexy" new bike.

He was so excited to be riding and spending some overdue time with his son. They had a wonderful visit listening to music, swapping stories, and catching up. Sadly after revving his engine one last time and saying goodbye to his son, he rode only 2 blocks from Greg's house before a car going the other direction made a left hand turn across his lane in front of him. Les did everything he could to slow down and avoid the collision, but it was not enough. He suffered a devastating, traumatic brain injury and while the surgeons tried to save his life, the damage was too pervasive and just too severe. His children followed his wishes and removed him from life support on Sunday, June 10th. He died peacefully at 10:00 pm, surrounded by his family and joined on the phone by his sisters and brother.

Les is survived by his children; Sheila, Jeremy, his wife Mary, Jessica, her husband Jimmy, and Greg. Grandchildren; Daniel, Keller, Keeghan and Rylan. His siblings; R.T., Shirley, Suzanne and Lanette. More friends than can be counted.

A Celebration of Les's life will be held on Friday, June 15th, 4pm, in the Pavilion of Reflection located on the grounds of Olinger Crown Hill Mortuary & Cemetery, 7777 W. 29th Ave., Wheat Ridge, CO 80033.

In lieu of flowers, please feel free to make donations in the name of Les Hydle to one (or both!) of the following non-profit charities:

Abate of Colorado: www.abateofcolo.org Randy Run Grant: This is a fund that supports fallen or injured bikers and their families. The organization also sponsors the “Look Twice and Save a Life” effort as well as many other motorcycle education and safety movements.

National Sports Center for the Disabled: www.nscd.org


  • Memorial Service Friday, June 15, 2012


Les Hydle

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July 18, 2012

You never said I'm leaving, you never said goodbye.
You were gone before I knew it, and only God knew why.
A million times I needed you, a million times I cried.
If love alone could have saved you, you never would have died.
In life I loved you dearly, in death I love you still;
In my heart you hold a place, that no one could ever fill.
It broke my heart to lose you, but you didn't go alone.
For part of me went with you, the day God took you home.
You will always be my love; I will never be alone because you stand beside me each and every day. I love my Big Man

Kathleen Voss

July 12, 2012

My deepest and most sincere sympathy to the Hydle family. The therapy world has missed Les since he retired but he was always still phone available for problem solving. He will be missed by myself and the Colorado therapy community. Blessings and love to all of you.

james hafey

July 10, 2012

Les the great inventer, and me the test pilot. A lot of great times. Thanks for all you have done.

Claire Silk

June 25, 2012

Dear Hydle Family, My husband and I send our sincere condolences. We shared the same love of the mountains and motorcycles as Les did. Long may he run...Claire Silk and Ron (Fleetwood) Van Vleet.

Jackie Selby

June 20, 2012

My heart goes with you to this familiar place of losing your Dad at such a vibrant time in his life. It aches.

Lee & Aurora Duncan

June 17, 2012

Our heartfelt thoughts of sympathy during this difficult time. May your hearts be filled with warm thoughts and treasured moments of your dearly departed. We knew Les for about 25+ years. He worked on my husband's wheel-chair when it needed repair. Les was always professional and friendly. He was very knowledgeable and answered our questions and was always very helpful. You are all in our thoughts and prayers.

Becky Jordan

June 16, 2012

Rest in Peace Lester (always my nickname for you).

June 15, 2012

to Suzie, Jessica, and Greg, remembering the times when we were all very young the kids all at Ruth"s and Les And Suz always there to make it ok for us all. Our prayers are with you and yours. Marci, Zach, And Ben from years ago.

Doug & Janet Johnson

June 15, 2012

Dear Hydle Family, Our love and prayers go out to each and everyone of you in this time of sorrow. May God Bless Les and he rest in peace!

June 15, 2012

Our thoughts and prayers are with your entire family, Susie....we remember well always passing by your house and seeing Les working on his motorcycle, riding around and just talking whenever he saw us. We wish great memories of and for your family, and will think of you whenever we pass by or ride our cycle. love, Allen and Patty Snyder, Heather Snyder Todd, and Ryan Snyder