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Dwight C. Hullm

12/22/1950 - 02/12/2021

Dwight C. Hullm was born on Friday, December 22, 1950 to Helen and Wellington (Pete) Hullm in Detroit, Michigan.  Weighing in at only two pounds at birth, he was considered a miracle baby.

Dwight grew up in Farmington Township (now Farmington Hills) with sisters, Adrian and Tracey.  He was a bright and very active child with a vivid imagination and a smile ready for everyone. And he loved every sport he met.  Whether it was hockey on the neighborhood pond, biking, kickball in the front yard, softball on St. Paul’s Lutheran team or flashlight tag in the woods, he played with great enthusiasm-and always to win. He brought the same attitude to nearly everything. He was a devoted friend, a fun brother, a fierce competitor when he played board games and a storehouse of sports and historical trivia.  He made friends easily and often.  He was small but mighty.

He attended Middlebelt and Beechview Elementary and East Junior High.  While he was in Junior High, he was confirmed at St Paul’s. And when he started Farmington High School, he also started to grow taller, much to everyone’s delight.

He thrived in high school.  He joined the football team, basketball team and on the Cross-Country team he developed what would become a lifelong passion for running.  He was an Eagle Scout and was invited to attend Boys/Girls State summer leadership and citizenship program for High School Juniors. And he presided over Farmington High’s graduating Class of 1969 as the Senior Class President.

Dwight attended University of Detroit and joined the Detroit Mercy Titans Cross Country team. He made more friends who he recalled fondly for the rest of his life.  In 1970, he had an all-time victory against Lawrence Tech, running 4.5 miles in 26:27.

Dwight moved to Arizona with his friend Pete Sevin in 1973.  He held several jobs until he found his niche in 1974, working at the Arizona Training Program at Phoenix. He had great compassion for the children he met there, children with developmental disabilities.  He worked there tirelessly until the mid-80s. In 1986, he started at Chandler Gilbert ARC and for 35 years he devoted himself to the social and medical well-being of all his clients.  He spoke of each client with affection, deep insight and respect.  He held various positions at The Arc, including manager, director and his final position, Interim Community Living Director.  But most importantly, it was there that he met the love of his life.

Dwight met Marjie Hanna in 1997 and his whole world changed. On May 25, 2003, they married and he happily became a husband and father of three.  As usual, he embraced both roles wholeheartedly.  A consummate storyteller, he always had a funny story to share about his adventures hiking, fishing or just hanging out with one of the kids. And he adored his wife.  It was rare that he would be long away from her side.  They were a special couple that found great joy in one another.

Dwight loved his family deeply.  He would drop everything to help anyone, especially Marjie and the kids.  He loved being surrounded by friends and family, just as he did in his youth.  He kept in contact and would check in if he thought too much time had passed.  He treasured each moment and enjoyed life to the fullest. And when the grandchildren started to arrive, he became the proudest and most loving Papa on earth.  He would think of ways to spend time with them and, of course, make it a learning opportunity as well. His father-in-law once said that he wanted to come back as Dwight’s grandchild in his next life!  Such was Dwight’s love for them. He ran with them in races and took them on adventures every chance he had.  They were his greatest delight. And they felt the same for him.

Dwight continued to run to the very end.  He kept meticulous notes of his daily running and races in his race book.  He ran the Boston Marathon, the SF Marathon, Rock the Bay, PF Chang’s Rock & Roll, San Jose Turkey Trot, Fontana Days Run, Huntsman World Senior Games 10k.  He ran his last race, Pat’s Run, in April 2017.  But he ran his last three miles on Monday, February 1, 2021.

Dwight died on Friday, February 12, 2021.  We will miss him more than words can express. He was preceded in death by his parents, his niece Kayla and his father-in-law Don (Red) MacAfee. He left behind his loving wife, Marjie; dear step-children, Stephanie Hanna, Jason (Kaleen) Hanna, and Jaime (Jonathan) Carden; beloved grandchildren, Hailey, Nathan, Raelyn, Stryder, Alina, Kylee, and Sammy; cherished sisters, Adrian and Tracey and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, family and friends.  We will always remember him as a wonderful friend, a man of commitment and honor with a great sense of humor, a wealth of compassion, a wonderful laugh and an insatiable joy for life.

 

 

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  • It is with great sadness I offer my sympathy to Dwight’s family. I am sorry for your loss, and mine. Yes, Dwight loved to tell stories. Please accept my condolences.

  • We had such fun with him and the girls, their friends in Farmington. It was a delightful time in my life and Dwight was such a big part of that. I always felt like a little sister to him and he always made me laugh. I miss my cuz and thanks for being a special part of my childhood…and my life.

  • Cheryl Y. P. Grigsby

    Sending condolences to you and your family Tracey. So sorry about your loss. Sending prayers, hugs, and love. Cheryl, Calvin, and kids.

  • Marjie, Tracey, Adrian, and all the many members of Dwight’s family; As both co-worker and friend of Dwight, I share my deepest condolences and may the strength of Dwight’s love for all of you carry you forward.

  • For as long as I remember myself I remember Dwight As part of that life All of my childhood memories are field with images of Farmington and fishing with my father and Uncle Pete. And add Helen and my mom making picnic baskets for our family outing. I remember family dinners out in Farmington holiday dinners. I will miss you my cousin my family my best buddy and my prom date. We have the best time.. I love you Dwight and miss you.

  • I will miss you Dwight. I am remembering all the good times we had growing up..you were the best prom date..we had so much fun that night..you were such a good sport..I will miss u buddy..love always an forever

  • Dwight’s caring spirit will live on with those he loved and cared for in his remarkable life.

  • I was saddened to hear of Dwight’s passing. He was always a bundle of energy. He loved to joke and tease, just so he could use those comical faces of his. My condolences to Marjie and family.

  • My dearest family Tracey, Adrian and Margie,
    I’m so saddened by another passing of one of our beloved family but reading through these heartfelt comments about crazy Dwight, he has continued to bring me joy. He certainly touched every soul he encountered along his miraculous and epic life. I’m so thankful for the picture of us at Oak Island, NC. and all the memories we made there. I’ll never forget it…May the peace of God always be your comfort. Love, P

  • Beautifully written tribute about Dwight and his wonderful life. So much I didn’t know.

  • Tracey, Sheila and family – Sorry to hear about the passing of your loved one! Know that you will see your dearest Dwight again! I’ll be praying for you all! God bless!

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