Marilyn June Hawley was the wife of American business magnate and philanthropist Barron Hilton. She was born on February 11, 1928, to George and Della Hawley in Los Angeles, California, United States of America. Marylin June Hawley married Barron Hilton, and they had eight children, Richard, Steven, Daniel, Ronald, Hawley Ann, Sharon, David, and Barron Jr.
Education and Philanthropic Work
Marily June Hawley spent most of her lifetime in Los Angeles. She attended St Monica’s High School in Los Angeles, California. She was a businesswoman and used some of her money to help in charity events. Marilyn June Hawley was active in several charitable organizations, including the Pacific Multiple Sclerosis Research Foundation Assistance League of California.
Additionally, Marilyn June Hawley founded the Marilyn Hilton Multiple Sclerosis Center at the University of California, Los Angeles, to curb the disease.
When Marilyn’s husband was young, he was interested in aviation; soon after completing his stint with the US Navy, he learned how to fly and attended Aeronautical School at the University of Southern California. After college, Marilyn’s husband ventured into different businesses; he founded Air Finance Corporation, and MacDonald Oil Company, among other businesses.
Marilyn’s husband started the Los Angeles Chargers team in 1959, and they played at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum before moving to Balboa Stadium because of fans. Barron served in the American Football League as president and helped in the coming up with Super Bowl after a collaboration between NFL and AFL.
Marilyn’s husband liked flying aircraft, and he got his license when he was 17. He had tow planes, restored planes, and aerobatic aircraft at the Flying M Ranch; he liked flying all his aircraft until he retired in 2012. Due to Marilyn’s husband’s love and support of aviation, he was inducted into the International Air & Space Hall of Fame in 2012.
Marilyn’s husband died on September 19, 2019, at his Los Angeles home aged 91. He died as a result of natural causes.
Her Family’s Fortune
Upon the death of Marilyn’s father-in-law, her husband took control of the family’s businesses and fortune. Barron’s father left over 13 million shares in the Conrad N. Hilton Foundation, which Barrow could purchase and continue controlling their family company. However, when Marilyn wanted to purchase the shares, he was challenged by the Foundation in court.
It took over a decade to solve the issue of the shares. After the issue was resolved, the shares were shared three-way, some going to Marilyn’s husband, others to the W. Baron Hilton Charitable remainder trust, with others remaining with the Conrad Foundation. In 2007, Marilyn’s husband announced that 97 percent of his estate would go to the Conrad Foundation.
The rest of Barron’s wealth was shared among his children, with some of the children using their inheritance to continue with their businesses.
Marilyn June Hawley died on March 11, 2004, due to a disease she had been fighting for a long time. She was 76 at the time of her death; her body was buried at Holy Cross Cemetery in Culver City, Los Angeles, California.