Mr. Eugene Peter Hildman

eugene hildman

July 30, 1942 ~ February 19, 2024

Born in: Algona, IA
Resided in: Arlington, TX

Gene Peter Hildman, a beloved husband, father, grandfather, brother, uncle, and friend, passed away peacefully on Monday, the 19th of February 2024, at the age of 81 after a courageous three-year battle with cancer.

Gene was a devout Christian who cherished his Catholic faith, his family and most of all his beloved wife of 57 years, Carmen. Born in Algona, Iowa on the 30th of July 1942 as the oldest of 7 children, Gene developed a remarkably strong work ethic at a very young age as he helped his father on the family’s dairy farm. This work ethic became the foundation on which he built his life. After graduating from Bishop Garrigan High School in Algona, IA, he joined the Army where he served as a Chaplain’s Assistant at Ft. Hood, TX. Following his military service, Gene met and later married the love of his life, Carmen Prado, during which time both worked at a Waco, TX retirement community. After the birth of their daughter, Jennifer, and while a student at Baylor University, Gene received a job offer he couldn’t refuse, which relocated the family to Temple, TX. It was here they made many lifelong friends, and Gene spent the next 15 years as the Chief Engineer at Scott & White Hospital. During this time, Gene and Carmen also launched a nursery, landscaping and floral business. In 1988, Gene joined HealthTrust/HCA Healthcare, and the family relocated to Arlington, TX. After 30+ years as a hospital engineer, he retired in 2007 from Triad Hospitals. Not one to sit around for long, he soon started a healthcare consulting business, which took him on travel adventures to South Africa, Ireland and Alaska. Gene was also actively involved in industry organizations throughout his career, serving as past president of the Texas Hospital Association and achieving the designation of Fellow with the American Society of Hospital Engineers (ASHE).

Gene lived out his Catholic faith with a servant’s heart. As a founding member of the Knights of Columbus at St. Luke’s Catholic Church in Temple, TX, he served as the council’s first Grand Knight. He was also a member of the Knights of the Holy Sepulcher, which assists Christians living in the Holy Land and the Serra Club of Arlington Metro, which promotes vocations to the Catholic priesthood.

Known for so many affable qualities, Gene loved being a Texan. He often joked that “I wasn’t born in Texas, but I got here as fast as I could!”. He never met a stranger and had a way of making every person he came in contact with feel special and important. He was well respected as a leader and expert in his industry, served as a mentor to many, and always showed a genuine interest in people’s personal lives outside of the work setting. To know him was to love him.

Many fun memories were made at the family’s lake cabin along the Pedernales River near Austin, TX, where Gene taught countless friends and family to water ski over the years. He was incredibly patient and encouraging and took great joy watching each new skier finally get up on the water or bouncing them off the tube amid big waves. If you ever tasted Gene’s legendary barbeque, you would know he was quite the pitmaster. He was also famous for making the world’s best peanut brittle every year at Christmas time, gifting it to friends, family and colleagues. He passed along this craft and his secret recipe to his granddaughter, Audrey, who was inspired to launch her own peanut brittle business to carry on his legacy. Some of Gene’s favorite pastimes also included attending his grandchildren’s countless sporting events and dance recitals, traveling with his wife, playing cards with family and maintaining an immaculate yard, growing the most beautiful flowers and plants in the neighborhood. Nathan Dains, a close family friend who was like a son to Gene & Carmen, enjoyed fishing with his “Dad”, always debating who was the better fisherman.

Gene was preceded in death by his parents, John Hildman and Florence Hilbert Hildman; and his sister, Roseanne Hildman Hernandez. He is survived by his beloved wife, Carmen Prado Hildman; his daughter, Jennifer Hildman Fitzgerald (Brian); his grandchildren, Blake and Audrey Fitzgerald; brothers Frank Hildman (Vicky) and Paul Hildman (Lois); sisters Mary Hildman, Esther Hildman Nece (Jay) and Dorie Hildman Waldschmidt (Dave); and numerous nieces and nephews.

The family would like to send a heartfelt thank you to the many friends who have offered prayers of love and support throughout Gene’s battle with cancer. We also extend our eternal gratitude to his caregivers at Green Oaks Nursing & Rehab for their dignified and compassionate love and care during his final weeks in hospice. Gene will be sorely missed, but his family takes comfort knowing that he is now in the arms of his Heavenly Father for eternity and that we will one day be joyfully reunited with him.

Funeral Services for Gene are as follows:
Visitation/Rosary – Friday, March 1, 5:00-8:00pm
Wade Funeral Home, 4140 W. Pioneer Pkwy, Arlington, TX 76013

Funeral Mass – Saturday March 2, 1:00pm
St. Maria Goretti Catholic Church, 1200 S. Davis Dr., Arlington, TX 76013

Burial – Tuesday, March 5, 10:00am
DFW National Cemetery, 2000 Mountain Creek Pkwy, Dallas, TX 75211

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in Gene’s name may be directed to Serra Club of Arlington Metro, Attn: Leslie Purcell, 3015 Wintersmith Dr., Arlington, TX 76014
Please visit Gene’s online guestbook at where fond memories and words of comfort may be shared electronically with his family.


Public Visitation: March 1, 2024 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Wade Chapel
4140 W Pioneer Pkwy
Arlington, TX 76013

(817) 274-9233

Rosary: March 1, 2024 7:00 pm

Wade Chapel
4140 W Pioneer Pkwy
Arlington, TX 76013

(817) 274-9233

Funeral Mass: March 2, 2024 1:00 pm

St. Maria Goretti Catholic Church
1200 South Davis Drive
Arlington, TX 76013

(817) 275-5081

Graveside Service: March 5, 2024 10:00 am

Dallas Fort Worth National Cemetery
2000 Mountain Creek Parkway
Dallas , TX 75211

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  1. I will always treasure the impact Gene made in my life as a young facility manager. He believed in me and inspired me to achieve far more than I could have dreamed. He and Mrs. Carmen have always been so kind to me and my family and treated us like people they genuinely cared about. I will miss his calls asking about me and my family and telling me he believes in me and is proud of me. He was always willing to share his expertise about work and advice about life. Our prayers are with Mrs. Carmen and the rest of his family.
    With deepest sympathy and respect.
    Shay Rankhorn

  2. Travels with Geno
    Wow so many memories of traveling with Gene! We traveled almost constantly and never went to the hotel before 8 pm because Gene loved doing his job and helping people advance in their careers.
    We got along like brothers and I was always playing practical jokes on him and he tolerated me ! I always told him he married UP with Carmen and he certainly agreed! Carmen always had his back and when would tell me that he hated leaving Carmen at home so much, she would say “Gene, you have a job and people are counting on you so you need to go and I’ll be fine!!! Gene affected so many lives in a positive way and was a delight to know and spend time with for all those years.
    Love and Respect
    Mike Locke

  3. Glen Jackson
    Gene was a shining light to everyone that knew him. Gene was a great mentor, friend, and coach to me. He was always willing to help anyone. He loved Hospital Engineering and talking shop. Gene genuinely cared for his people. You didn’t work for Gene, you worked with Gene. He loved to share his vast knowledge of engineering and industrial equipment. He also loved the camaraderie with all the engineering staff in the numerous hospitals that he was associated with. Gene loved Carmen and his family. I know he is in heaven and already working on his new assignment.

  4. Gene was one of the first who believed in me and helped me grow in my career. We worked many years together at Columbia/HCA and again when he worked with Triad and Lifepoint. He was not only a mentor but a friend. He always had a smile on his face and a hug that was as big as Texas! I regret letting so many years pass by without reaching out to him. He will forever be remembered and never forgotten. My thoughts and prayers are with his family along with all of his friends. He will be deeply missed.


    Debra Jodry

  5. I worked with Gene for many years at HealthTrust and then HCA. He was such a sweet kind soul. I always looked forward to him coming to the office in Nashville. I will never forget he and Carmen inviting us to their home for my first taste of fried Turkey. I will also remember how much he watched out for me when we were traveling together doing training classes while I was 7 months pregnant with my firstborn. He was a good man and a hard worker, and I know he will be dearly missed. My thoughts and prayers will be with his family in the days and weeks ahead. Rest in peace Gene…

  6. Sending our sincere condolences. Gene will be missed by so many. Thankful we had the opportunity to spend time with him.

  7. Dear Carmen, this is Mike Kuechenmeister, I worked with Gene at Triad Hospitals in Plano. Gene hired me to be his replacement but I don’t think Gene wanted to retire right then. Gene taught me so many things during my short stay at Triad as I moved back to Cincinnati to take care of my parents. Gene had me and my son over to your house for brisket one night. Everything that Gene did had to be a perfect as possible as Gene always had high expectations for himself and everyone around him. His catholic faith always preceded him.

  8. Carmen,
    We’re so sorry for your loss. Please accept our deepest sympathies and condolences 💐. We pray 🙏🏼 for Gene’s soul that it may rest in peace 🪦, (RIP). We pray 🙏🏼 that God blesses you and all your loved 🥰 ones with the strength, stamina, hope, and faith to make it through this trying time in your lives. I’m blessed 😇 that Gene accepted me for who I am and for inviting me into your home and the family💕😇🙏🏼. He’s in a better place and not suffering anymore, so we’re thankful and grateful to God for that. He’ll be truly missed. We can all cherish the memories he personally shared with each of us. Sending hugs 🤗, love 💕, and prayers 🙏🏼.


    Jesse and Dahlia Mandujano

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