At their meeting on June 17, 2013, the Watertown Charter Township Board of Trustees presented Reverend Lyle Heaton with the 2013 Citizen of the Year Award.
The following tribute was presented to Reverend Heaton:
L-R: Trustee Ken Mitchell, Clerk Melissa Freeman, Trustee Maridean DeLong, Supervisor John Maahs, Citizen of the Year Reverend Lyle Heaton, Trustee Ron Overton, Treasurer Janice Thelen, and Trustee George Weitzel.
Special Tribute to Reverend Lyle Heaton
2013 Citizen of the Year
Let it be known that it is an honor and a privilege to extend our sincerest praise and commendation to Reverend Lyle Heaton in acknowledgement of his attaining the distinct honor of being named “2013 CITIZEN OF THE YEAR” for the Charter Township of Watertown.
Throughout his years in the ministry, Reverend Heaton has been an asset to the community as he has nurtured Christian values, offered leadership and guidance, and performed with true compassion the many and varied spiritual and temporal duties that his vocation requires. In the true spirit of his profession, he has been most concerned with those that are least able to care for themselves, the children, the aged and the needy.
Ability, commitment and integrity have been reflected in all Reverend Heaton’s endeavors and his consistent dedication to excellence. He has made many sacrifices on behalf of the community, willingly and unselfishly and is always ready to shoulder a little extra responsibility or lend a helping hand in any circumstance. His tireless and thorough approach to helping others has earned him the respect of his congregation and the residents of the community.
Son of a United Methodist Minister and a resident of Michigan for most of his life, he was ordained in 1979. Reverend Heaton was joined in matrimony with his wife Sylvia 31 years ago and they have two children, Zach, 30, and Emily, 23. He has been pastor of the Wacousta Community United Methodist Church for the past fourteen and half years and will be missed by many as he starts his new appointment at Christ United Methodist Church in Lansing.
Reverend Heaton has enriched the community with the generous use of his time and effort, and over the years has proven to be a great friend to the community and a concerned citizen. His enthusiasm, keen sense of humor and inspirational demeanor has brightened our community and will undoubtedly enhance countless lives as he continues to seek the blessings that come from helping others. He merits our highest praise.