By Jill Richardson
Lynette Hilton threw the first pitch out this season just as she has every year in recent memory in honor of her husband Robert “Bob” Hilton.
Bob and his family are from Melba and Lynette shares many great stories of his fondness for the community. Lynette married Robert and lived in Washington with him until he passed away in 2003 at the age of 67. Despite never living in Melba herself, Lynette knew that after Bob passed away she wanted to honor the life of her beloved husband and knew he would want it to be in Melba.
She flew to Melba and began talking with then principal Dick Davis about planting a tree in memory of Bob. By the time Lynette and Mr. Davis finished touring the grounds and talking about dreams and visions, Mr. Davis had laid out a plan to build a new baseball field for the Melba High School. Lynette loved the idea and responded with “Now we’re talking!” And so the Robert Hilton Field of Dream Foundation was formed.
The process of building the field began in 2004. As of this year they have a full pristine field, scoreboard, batting cages, outfield fence, parking lot, flag pole, backstop and a concession stand with announcers booth and bathrooms dedicated to his memory. But Ms. Hilton is not done yet. Her plans are to rebuild the bullpens in the next phase of construction.
Ms. Hilton wants to put a face to the man that started it all and beliexves as long as she is coming out to Melba the kids can see the personal side
of Bob’s life and legacy.