Royden Grant Hill passed away peacefully after battling cancer for two and a half years. He was born in Gunnison, UT to Havey Loren Hill and Diana Maltilda Madsen Hill. He has been preceded in death by his parents and four sisters. He grew up in Gunnison and graduated from high school . While in high school he organized a dance band that played in Gunnison and other local communities and at many Church dances.
He went to Woodbury College in Los Angeles and graduated in accounting. After he returned home he accepted a call to serve a mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints in the Great Lakes Mission. Following his mission, our country was at war with Korea where he then served in the armed forces for two years.
He now fulfilled another dream of his life. He attended BYU and majored in music. He started his career teaching in Nephi. He later accepted an opportunity to teach in Pago Pago, Samoa where he taught business classes. He returned to the states to teach music and theatre for many years.
In 1971 he married Karen Turner. They were married in the Manti Temple, Manti, UT. With this union they were a family with 8 children. He continued his teaching for two more years. He then decided to go out on his own; they bought a motel in Duchesne. While here two more boys joined the family. Because of the cold weather, they went to Beaver and built another motel. He later moved to St George and Hurricane.
While living in Pleasant Grove he excelled in his love for family history and later served missions in Tonga and Fuji teaching family history. He has been a successful teacher all his life.
He is survived by his wife Karen, children; Mrs. Mike Cutler (Janet) of Buckeye AZ, Arden Hill of ID, now serving a mission in Halifax, Canada, Ruth Ann Yuler of Kaysville, UT, Kevin James Hill of Farmington, UT, Shaun T. Hill of Yakima, WA, Mrs. George Gutierrez (Michelle) of South Jordan, UT, Paul Hill of Spanish Fork, UT, Mrs Theron (Janice) Leany of Lindon, UT, Loren G. Hill of Spanish Fork, UT and David G. Hill of Grantsville, UT; forty-four grandchildren and twenty-four great grandchildren. Royden is also survived by his older brother Orr Hill of St George, UT.
He was loved and admired by his family and friends. He was our hero, a wonderful example of integrity. He lived his religion, was a peacemaker and forgiver. He loved his family, music, family history, fishing and many table games.
Funeral services will be held at 11:00 am on Tuesday, October 28th, 2014 at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 1552 East 750 South, Spanish Fork, UT. A viewing will be held on Monday, October 27th from 6:00 to 8:00 pm at the church and from 10:00 to 10:45 am prior to services. Interment will be at 3:00 pm at the Gunnison City Cemetery, 550 N. Cemetery Road, Gunnison, UT.