- June 28, 1932 - November 30, 2012
- Orem, Utah
of H. Gill's Passing
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“I just found out about President Hilton's passing. He taught me many things while being my Mission President from Dec. 1980 to Dec. 1982. The...Read More »
1 of 18 | Posted by: Paul A. Beatty - Snowflake, AZ
“I am sorry to hear that President passed away. He was a great man. I really enjoyed having him as my Mission President. He taught me many things. I...Read More »
2 of 18 | Posted by: Norman W. Scott - Kirtland, NM
“Dear Colleen and family,
We were sorry to hear of Pres. Hilton's passing. I well remember serving as Young Women's President while he was Bishop. I...Read More »
3 of 18 | Posted by: Emilee Oveson - Bountiful, UT
“Dear Sister Hilton and Family,
It was with great sadness that I heard the news today of President Hilton's passing. I want you and your family to...Read More »
4 of 18 | Posted by: Kib Pearson - San Juan Capistrano, CA
I was a room mate of Bruce at BYU. Carol and I became acquainted with all of the Hilton family and with you and Gill through Bruce...Read More »
5 of 18 | Posted by: Bruce and Carol Peterson - UT
“Dear Colleen and Family,
Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this time. We are so thankful to have known Gill and to have been a beneficiary of...Read More »
6 of 18 | Posted by: Neil and Tisha Woolf
“I knew Gil first first as a student and then as a faculty member in the Department of Statistics. In large measure, I attribute the direction I took...Read More »
7 of 18 | Posted by: Howard Christensen - Payson, UT
“My thoughts and prayers go out to the family of Brother Hilton. What a great and beloved man. He was my teacher, mentor and friend. He will be...Read More »
8 of 18 | Posted by: Dana Nickens - San Diego, CA
“Such fond memories of President Hilton. We are all better for having known President and Sister Hilton. Love to you and the Family.
9 of 18 | Posted by: Ron Winterton - Draper, UT
“Dear Coleen and family,
An icon has left us--but for a short while and then we go where he is. As I read the obituary I reminissed on school days...Read More »
10 of 18 | Posted by: B John and Carol
“Uncle Gill was always an important part of our family. He was someone you could always count on. I can't ever remember anytime in my life that he...Read More »
11 of 18 | Posted by: Cindy Shewell - Mesquite - Niece
“Thank you so much!!! I was so blessed to be able to know my dear friend President H. Gill Hilton! November 27th I feed the missionaries here in West...Read More »
12 of 18 | Posted by: Janice Wilkinson Rymer - WV
“What a great man he is and always will be! I am sure he just had a change in assignment. He was a bishop when I was a student at BYU in the 60's, ...Read More »
13 of 18 | Posted by: Treena Bolingbroke - UT
“Dear Hilton Family:
As I ponder my thought today and remember the great man your dad was and still is, I wanted to write you and express my feelings....Read More »
14 of 18 | Posted by: Richard Hassell - Summerville, SC
“Dear Hilton Family,
It has been many years since I last saw your father but I still have vivid memories of his goodness and strength. I appreciated...Read More »
15 of 18 | Posted by: Tara Swain Walker
“Laurie, I am so sorry for you and your whole family. I remember when you all lived in Roanoke and how your Dad would decorate the biggest Christmas...Read More »
16 of 18 | Posted by: Carla Bream - Roanoke, VA
“Martha and I learned of Gill's passing in a telephone call from our daughter Ann Louise. We have such great memories of Ward parties, service...Read More »
17 of 18 | Posted by: Paul Wayne Carroll - Richfield, UT
“Living with Grandpa and Grandma while I went to school left me with great memories of Grandpa. He always gave good advice, even if you didn't want to...Read More »
18 of 18 | Posted by: Duane H Hilton - Aurora, IL
H. Gill Hilton
1932 – 2012
"As a man thinketh, so is he"
Having lived a lifetime of service to his family, church and community, Horace Gill Hilton of Orem, Utah, passed away peacefully at his home on November 30, 2012. He was eighty years old.
Born June 28, 1932 in Delta, Millard County, Utah, Gill was the third of three sons and the sixth of seven children of Wilford 'B' and Vera Snow Hilton. He grew up working with his father and brothers on the family farm. He served as a missionary for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints from January 1954 to February 1956 in the Western States Mission. While serving his mission he met the love of his life, Colleen Kirgan. They were sealed for time and eternity on March 9, 1956, in the Salt Lake Temple. They have ten children, forty-six grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren.
Gill graduated with a BS from Brigham Young University in 1957 and with a PhD from North Carolina State University in 1962. He taught at BYU in the Statistics Department for 34 years and while there served as chair for 11 years. He was a gifted educator who loved interacting with students. He retired from BYU in 1996.
Gill enjoyed church service and felt privileged to serve as a mission president (Virginia Roanoke), stake president, stake president's counselor, high councilor, bishop and temple worker. He was well-versed in church doctrine and policy. When he spoke, he did so directly and as one having authority, and many were blessed by his teaching and testimony.
Gill is survived by his wife, Colleen Kirgan; nine children Hugh (Nalene) Logandale, NV; Duane (Alysia) Glenview, IL; Kathryn Chlarson (Keith) Wales, UT; Laurie Scott (Neill) Orem, UT; Sterling (Heidi) Orem, UT; Mariann Hilton (Bruce) Idaho Falls, ID; Nancy Hilton (Gary) Orem, UT and Huntingtown, MD; John (Tiffany) South Jordan, UT; and Stephen (Michelle) Pleasanton, CA; 44 grandchildren and 9 great-grandchildren; siblings Lora Whiting (Mapleton, UT), Carol Prusse (Littleton, CO), Dawn Porter (Maeser, UT), Bruce Hilton (Saratoga, CA), Clesse Hilton (Kaysville, UT) and Lael Lovell (St. George, UT). He was preceded in death by son Dallin and granddaughters Brooke Hilton and Brittany Chlarson.
Funeral Services will be held 11:00am Thursday, December 6, 2012, at the LDS Chapel located at 900 South 50 West, Orem, UT. Viewings will be held Wednesday, December 5, 2012, 6:00 – 8:00pm at Walker Sanderson Funeral Home, 646 East 800 North, Orem, UT, and prior to the funeral service at the chapel beginning at 9:30am. Interment is at Orem Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, please make donations to the LDS Church Missionary Fund.