US Air Force

Don Melvin Hill

September 20, 1945 ~ July 7, 2020 (age 74)


Don Hill,74, passed away unexpectedly in his home on July 7th, 2020. Born September 20th, 1945 to long time Alpine residents Zola Johnson and Archie Hill. Don spent his early life on the banks of the Snake River, later the shores of Palisades Lake. He graduated SVHS in 1964, and joined the USAF in 1965. He discharged in 1971 having completed a 13-month tour in Vietnam. Don’s war stories were not like many others. His always ended with everyone laughing. We either heard about him shooting monkeys out of trees or using his rifle as a pry bar. We are pretty sure he did the entire tour with no weapon.

When he returned home, he joined William G. Miller construction. During his time with Miller construction he met and married the love of his life MaryAnn Galt in Missoula, Montana in 1972. In 1973 he joined Continental Construction on the North slope of Alaska. For many years this was where he worked all winter. In 1977 the family relocated to Thayne, WY and he began summer employment with J.P Robinson, a life long friend.

Later years found him logging with Crit Dory, another dear friend. Then over the road truck driving for Fred and Francis with CBS. When Don and CBS ended at the same time Don attempted retirement. Realizing he was going to have to learn to vacuum, run the dishwasher, and sweep he approached Kevin Kilroy for a trade he understood. Kevin was sympathetic and Don worked for Kilroy along side a crew that included Kit Long and Les Penfeild, until the day he died.

He was proceeded in death by his parents, sister Carol, and nephew Curtis. He is survived by his wife of 48 years MaryAnn, brothers Glayde (Kayleen), Vern (Peggy). Sons Tyson (Tanya) WSS, MT. Wylie (Amber) Alpine daughter Brynn (Teddy) and his 7 beloved grandchildren: Korey, Justyce, Paul, John, Liam (“Chaos”), Alice, and Cali. Three aunts and many nieces and nephews also survive him. His puppies Eddy, Scout and Ellie who will miss treat time with Papa.

There will be a celebration of life at a later date. The family is very Covid aware and will schedule a time when it is safe.


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