Long-Time Councilmember Daryl Hickman Passes Away at Age 81
Councilmember Hickman Served the Residents of Lake Elsinore from 2001 to 2018
This weekend, the City was notified about the passing of its former Councilmember, Daryl Hickman, who passed away peacefully at his home on Saturday, February 12, 2022.
Councilmember Hickman was first elected to the City Council on November 6, 2001 and served on the City Council for 17 years until 2018. He also served as Mayor from 2007 to 2008. When he left public office in December 2018, he described his time on the City Council as one of the most rewarding experiences of his life.
“We are deeply saddened to learn about the passing of Mr. Hickman, who faithfully served our community for nearly two decades,” said Mayor Timothy J. Sheridan. “Daryl was a respected and dedicated public servant. He was also a very nice man and he will be truly missed.”
During his time on the City Council, Hickman represented the City on several regional and local boards including the California Joint Powers Insurance Authority, the Riverside Transit Agency, the Southwest Cities Coalition, Northwest Mosquito and Vector Control District, and the Lake Elsinore/San Jacinto Watershed Authority. At the end of his last term, he served as Lake Elsinore’s International Mayor, engaging in foreign business relations to encourage new investment in the community and region.
“Daryl was a loving husband and friend, whose extreme passion and love for the City of Lake Elsinore remained steadfast until the end,” said Hickman’s wife, Amy Hickman. “He took pride in this community and was honored he was able to serve the residents alongside so many other talented and esteemed leaders.”
Hickman was known for his positive outlook and his commitment to helping our local youth. He was actively involved in many local community groups and events. His service included an annual holiday toy drive and Santa visits at the Heads Start programs in the Lake Elsinore Unified School District. He also actively participated in the Lake Elsinore Valley Chamber of Commerce, Downtown Merchants Association, United Way, Lake Elsinore Valley Education Foundation and supported his wife in her role with the Elsinore Woman’s Club.
Hickman began his public service when he was 18 years old and enlisted in the US Air Force. He served from 1958 to 1963, then decided to pursue a master’s in business administration (MBA) with an emphasis in Finance. Professionally, he was an international businessman and was a substitute teacher for the Lake Elsinore Unified School District during his retirement.
Hickman’s official cause of death is currently unknown. He was born on June 3, 1940. He is survived by his beloved wife of 26 years, Amy, his sons Todd and Will, daughter-in-law Jennifer, and two grandsons, Julian and Noah.
Hickman will be cremated and laid to rest at Riverside National Cemetery. Funeral services have not been determined at this time; however, the family is planning a Celebration of Life in the coming months.
The City Council will be honoring Council Member Hickman at its next Council Meeting on Tuesday, February 22 at 7 p.m. at the Lake Elsinore Cultural Center.