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Richard David Hill

Died: Tue., Dec. 18, 2018


1:00 PM to 2:00 PM, Sat., Dec. 22, 2018
Location: First United Methodist Church

Funeral Service

2:00 PM Sat., Dec. 22, 2018
Location: First United Methodist Church

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Richard “Dick” David Hill, loving husband, father, grandfather, teacher, mentor, and friend, passed away Tuesday morning December 18, 2018 in Clinton, Utah.

Dick was born the only child of Hoyt Raymond Hill, III and Hazel Hess Hill in Bozeman, Montana on August 2, 1939.  He was raised and educated in Bozeman, graduating as valedictorian from Gallatin County High School.  He received his bachelor’s of science in mathematics from Montana State University (MSU).  During his years in high school and college he worked at Lurcine’s Ice Cream.  There he was able to earn money for his schooling and enjoy the benefit of limitless ice cream.

While teaching high school mathematics in Garden Grove, CA he met Willetta Day at a United Methodist Church singles group.  Soon after, they were married in Vancouver, WA on August 12, 1962.  They were married for over 46 years.

Dick earned his PhD in Mathematics from Oregon State University in 1967.  Later that year he began his 46-year tenure as a professor at Idaho State University.  He was an outstanding instructor – beloved by his students and deeply appreciated by his colleagues.  He was an outstanding researcher, publishing dozens upon dozens of peer-reviewed articles primarily with his doctoral students.  His work was recognized in 1990 when he was named the ISU distinguished researcher.

Dick loved sports.  He began playing tennis at the age of 12, was a varsity tennis player at MSU, and won numerous tennis tournaments throughout his life with his doubles partner, Don Cresswell.  As a young man he played basketball and baseball and throughout his adult life was a loyal Idaho State University Bengals football and basketball fan. 

The First United Methodist Church was extremely important in Dick’s life.  He sang in the chancel choir, played the trombone in the brass quartet, and held numerous leadership positions.  He had a strong Methodist heritage - both his grandfather and great-grandfather were Methodist Ministers - and he was proud to be called a Methodist.

Most importantly he was a loving father and grandfather.  He read and sang to his children nightly as they were growing up.  Because of the tremendous value he placed on higher education, he worked to ensure his children all obtained degrees.  Both his children and grandchildren were his highest priority.  He made it clear that they could not have been more loved.  

Dick is survived by his children Jennifer, Cindy (and husband Mike), Jeff and grandchildren Rachel, Rodney (and wife Taylor), Whitney, and Lindsay.

Services will be Saturday December 22, 2018 at 2:00 p.m. at the First United Methodist Church, 200 N. 15th Ave., Pocatello, ID with a viewing one hour prior to services.  In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the “Richard D. Hill Mathematics Scholarship Endowment” through the Idaho State University Foundation, 921 S. 8th Ave., Stop 8050, Pocatello, ID 83209.

Burial will follow in the Mountain View Cemetery. Condolences may be made online to the family at www.colonial-funeralhome.com


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Lisa Cresswell
   Posted Thu December 20, 2018
I'll always remember Dick's lovely singing voice and his gentle spirit. Our family is thinking of his family and wishing them peace~

Patrick Lang
   Posted Thu December 20, 2018
Dick was my first chair. In that position he helped my career develop. For that I am grateful. He was always nice, listened, and tried to be of help at all times. It is sad to here is no longer around. My best to his surviving family.

Dr. James 'Byrd' Yizar, Jr.
   Posted Fri December 21, 2018
To the family members of Dr. Richard Hill,
I pray that God puts his loving arms of comfort and understanding on the homegoing event for Dick. Sorry I won't be able to attend but I pray that God continue to bless the family. I had the opportunity to take math from Dr. Hill and he never let me slack off and I am so greatful to him for motivating to learn. Thank you Dr. Richard Hill.

Marcia Roberts-Consumer Care
   Posted Fri December 21, 2018
I'm sorry for your loss, it's difficult to miss those who have passed for such long periods of time. I am happy to know your father is now with his loving wife-what a reunion I'm sure they are having and with other loved ones who have passed. Thinking about your family at this time.

Sondra Dunkle & Mike Vaughn
   Posted Sun December 23, 2018
Cindy & Mike,
Our sympathy to you in the passing of Cindy's father. I didn't know him, but heard many good things about him at ISU. May God be with you and help you through this time of loss.

   Posted Mon December 24, 2018
I’m so sorry for your recent loss. My deepest condolences to your family. Death of a loved one is never easy to endure, but you don’t have to go through it alone. Continue looking to God and you will always find comfort in him (2 Cor 1:3,4). He will soon destroy the enemy of death (1 Cor 15:26), and He will soon return our loved ones to us through the resurrection (John 5:28,29). Please visit JW.org and search “When Someone You Love Dies”, it helped me through some difficult times and I hope you can find comfort in it also.

Robert Kalina
   Posted Thu January 03, 2019
Dear Family,
Dick and I did not see each other often because of distance but kept in touch. Our mothers were teachers and we both became university professors. We last met over dinner in Pocatello in 2010 and reminisced as only cousins can do.
My condolences to family and friends. Dick was an accomplished man and has left a lasting legacy of loving family and educated students.

Melanie Hill
   Posted Mon January 07, 2019
My prayers for and deepest sympathy to Dick's family. I so regret that we never met although our fathers were brothers, and am thankful that I finally came to enjoy knowing this cousin through email and Christmas cards, late in our lives.

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