Mitchel Oliver Hill, born in Tremonton, Utah on Oct. 10, 1948, passed away peacefully on the morning of Feb. 8, 2011. He spent the previous evening doing what had become his favorite pastime, watching over his youngest granddaughter, Mazy Rose, with his best friend and wife, Penny, at his side.
Born just ahead of twin brother Mike, Mitch was the eldest son of Eugene and Marjorie Hill, who preceded him in death. He is survived by his wife, Penny, and three children, Dixie Irene Hill, Jeff Hill and wife, Katherine, and Natalie Hill, and her partner, Mike Tantaros. His oldest son, Shawn Kelly Hill, died as an infant. Mitch had seven grandchildren and two great-grandchildren; they were the light of his life. He also leaves behind brothers, Mike and Wesley, sisters, Margene, Sabera and LaRene, and numerous aunts, uncles, nephews, nieces, cousins and friends – all of whom will miss him deeply.
Mitch lived the first few years of his life in Tremonton, where he was loved and adored by his grandparents, aunts, uncles and extended family before moving to Moab at age 7. In Moab, he grew to become a legend in his own time. His independent nature, dry sense of humor, refusal to back down from defending what he knew was right, and a true sense of compassion for those less fortunate, made him a rare and powerful man. He was a true gentleman and was never judgmental of others; to really know him was to love and respect him.
Mitch was an expert woodsman when it came to hunting, fishing and the outdoors. He was also known for coming out on top of more than one scrap in his time. While serving his country in Vietnam, Mitch received two purple hearts and an oak leaf cluster. He was commended for actions that saved the lives of many.
Mitch will always be remembered for his unconditional love of his family and friends, his love of life, the joy he received from his grandbabies and for the happiness he found with his lucky Penny.