Melvin Ray Hill

May 17, 1930 ~ July 14, 2020


July 16, 2020
12:00 PM - 2:00 PM
275 East 10600 South, Sandy, Utah 84070
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  • Melvin Ray Hill, husband, father, grand-, great-grand-, great-great grandfather, brother, uncle, and friend, passed away peacefully, surrounded by family, on Tuesday, July 14, 2020, at age 90.

    Mel was born 17 May 1930 to James Walter and Edna Jane (Faulkner) Hill, in South San Francisco, California.

    The family lived in various places in the Bay Area including Mt. View, CA, where Mel flew in the US Navy dirigible “Macon” as a young boy. The family settled in Vallejo, CA, where Mel attended school and explored the countryside with his beloved dog Wizzle (“Weasel”). After graduating from Vallejo High School in 1948, he apprenticed at Mare Island Naval Shipyard until he was drafted into the US Army on 2 January 1951. Following basic training at Ft. Ord, CA, he attended OCS at Ft. Benning, GA. He served in the 6th Infantry Division at Ft. Ord and in Fox and Hotel Companies, 2nd Battalion 223 Infantry Regiment, 40th Infantry Division during the Korean War, from March to December 1953, and was in the Army Reserves until 1958. He earned a CIB and the Ambassador for Peace Medal. Upon his return home he attended Vallejo Junior College for two years, then attended San Jose State College.

    He married Naida Crawford in 1954 and they had five children: Daniel Rey, Albert Reed, Spencer Reese, Eva Renee, and Melisa Rachel. The couple divorced in 1962.

    Mel married Mary Crook on 9 November 1963 in the Manti Utah Temple. They are the parents of two sons, David Ray and Jon Robert. Mel worked as an engineer for the City of San Jose, CA, in various departments from 1957-75 when he retired and opened a private engineering practice. When he retired in 1995 the family moved to Sandy, UT, where they have lived ever since.

    Mel has been involved in many activities, mainly in Scouting. He was an Eagle Scout and helped many young men achieve that rank. He had a pilot’s license and helped found an Air Scout troop. He was the president of the Santa Clara County National Eagle Scout Association. He attended Wood Badge and Philmont Training and was awarded the Silver Beaver Award in 2000.

    He was president of the Deaf Branch of the San Jose Stake of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints for about fifteen years, where he learned ASL. He and his family loved to travel and visited Europe, Israel, Egypt, Asia, and Australia, as well as all fifty states. He served as a Family & Church History Missionary from July 2005 - May 2012. He spent his later years working in his yard, making yard decorations, and serving in the temple. Wherever he went, he loved talking to people and sneaking a piece of candy to them through a handshake.

    Mel was preceded in death by his parents; siblings Norma (Paul) Martin, Vera (Bill) Barbier, and Glen Jay (Melba) Hill; and daughter Eva Renee Hill (age 3). He is survived by his wife Mary; sons David (Shanae), of Lorton, VA, and Jon (RayDean), of Sandy, UT; ex-wife Naida Williamson, of UT; children Dan (Regina) of MT, Reed (Mindy) of ND, Spence (Janice) of NV, and Melisa (Steve) Kozak of UT; many grand-, great-grand-, and great-great-grandchildren; and sister June Cook of CA.

    Many heartfelt thanks to Intermountain Homecare & Hospice, especially our beautiful Brigitte.

    A viewing will be held from 6-8 PM on Thursday, July 16, at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints at 275 E. 10600 S., in Sandy, UT. A graveside service will be held at 10:00 AM on Friday, July 17, at the Heber City Cemetery in Utah. Attendees are asked to please observe social distancing guidelines.


    Mr Hill was a mentor and example to me, I’m one of the many young men he took under his wing and helped reach the rank of Eagle Scout. My life is forever changed and I am the man I am today due to his leadership and guidance. I am honored to have been able to have called him a friend . He is now free to fly with the eagles.

    - Franklyn Wulle
    Dear Mary, We were saddened to see the obituary of your husband in the paper this morning, but happy you two could spend so many years together. We also noted the passing of your sisters husband that we knew them while serving in the Singapore mission. It is getting to be that time of life for us & we never know when it will be, but want you to know of our love for you & the wonderful example you were to us while living in San Jose, CA. I hope our paths will cross again sometime & that peace & comfort will be with you in the days ahead.

    - David & Pat Tanner
    I only knew Brother Hill from his amazing service in the temple. Over the years he never failed to greet me with a warm smile and a Life Saver! I hope you find peace knowing Brother Hill is continuing his dedicated service on the other side of the veil.

    - Wyldn Pearson
    Dearest Melisa and Family, My sincerest condolences and heart for the loss of your father, Melvin. Such a beautiful man, who begat a legacy beyond measure. I see his shine in all of those I know came thru him. Let His Flame blaze Bright and know Heavenly Father has him close to show Eternity in heaven. I love you sweetheart. See you soon. Hug you xxoo

    - Toni M. Abeyta
    Dear Mary and Family: We send our love at this difficult time and thank both of you for many years of faithful service to our Heavenly Father, and express profound gratitude for all the lives you both have touched. Leo & Karen Haney PO Box 1435 Mountain Home, ID 83647 208-949-3678

    - Leo & Karen Haney
    Dear Mary, Jon and RawDean: We are so sorry to read about the passing of Mel. I guess time flies faster than we realize when I looked at his age! We enjoyed knowing him and chatting with him, always with his sweet, special smile and the twinkle in his eye. We are so grateful for the gospel and the knowledge that we have, knowing that we will be together again as a family forever. We love you Jan Asay

    - Jan Asay
    Dear Mary, Jon and RaeDean and Family, We were surprised to read of the passing of Mel in the paper. We are so happy to have known him and had the pleasure of his hand shakes, the twinkle in his eye and smile he alway had, his words of wisdom and kindly encouragement. We will miss him when we visit the ward. Jan Asay Sandy KellieAnn & Rick Fryer Evanston, WY Ben & Natalie Fryer El Paso TX Becky & Kyle Anstead San Antonio TX

    - Jan Asay
    My love and wishes for God's comfort and strength to each of your family members, especially Dear Aunt Mary. I love you all and want to tell you all that I believe all that we are taught in the Church regarding the atonement, the resurrection and continued life on into the next one. Revelations chapter 20 and 21 John says that in Heaven, God will wipe away all tears, and there shall be no more sorrow or crying. And Jesus Himself answers and says "Behold I make all things new again." I know this to be true, but that day has not yet come, so let the tears and sorrow in the passing of your husband, father and friend flow. There will be joy in the morning. Love, Scott

    - Scott Lance
    Dear Hill Family, We will miss Brother Hill at the temple, he always brightened our day and was so faithful in his Temple Work. We know he will be helping us from the other side. God Bless! Brother Tom Andrus

    - Thomas Andrus