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Local football legend Mike Tilleman passes away at age 76

The field at Lights Stadium named in Tilleman's honor days before he died


Last updated 9/21/2020 at 11:52am

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Mike Tilleman poses in a photograph in June 2019 under a Tilleman Motor Co. sign with his son Craig. Mike Tilleman, for whom the Montana Board of Regents of Higher Education approved last week naming the playing field at Montana State University-Northern's new football stadium, died Friday at age 76. Craig Tilleman, right, stands with his father Mike Tilleman in front of a Tilleman Motor Company sign Wednesday, June 26, 2019 in Havre, Mont.

Legends aren't born, they're made. That's cliche, but it's also so true. And it certainly was the case for the Hi-Line's own Mike Tilleman.

A star at every level of football, as well as an impeccable member of the Hi-Line and Havre communities for years, Tilleman died at the age of 76 on Friday morning.

Tilleman died just days after the Montana Board of Regents approved Montana State University-Northern's request to name the field at the brand-new Lights Stadium in his honor. So, when the Lights play their first game their this spring, the field will bear, and forever bear Tilleman's name...

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