Longtime pillar of the community Chris Hilgers passes on Dec. 8

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Wendy and Chris Hilgers in 2016.


Ojai lost one of its most valued stakeholders early Sunday morning, as longtime resident and pillar of the community Chris Hilgers passed away quietly among family at Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital. Hilgers was 86. 
He was seen at almost every Ojai City Council meeting, actively participating in our local governance. 
Among Hilgers’ community recognitions are a Citizen of the Year award and a selection as grand marshal of the Ojai Independence Day Parade in 2016.
Hilgers was also instrumental in getting the Ojai Skate Park up and running, along with his wife, Wendy.
Chris is survived by Wendy, daughter Heidi and son Chet, who will also continue to own and operate Hilgers Grading and Excavating. The company has often lended a helping hand to the community as well.