One of the few remaining B-17 pilots has taken another step in his progression and joined his eternal companion. James Dean Hill passed away on July 25, 2018 from causes incident to age. He was born Feb. 19, 1923 in Ucon, Idaho, the son of Robert E Hill and Fanny Marguerite Monsen Hill. He was the second of six children. Three of his siblings, Vaughn Hill, Paul Hill and Maralyn Lovell proceeded him in death. He is survived by his brother, Donald Hill and his sister, Lorraine Hill and sister- in-law, Joyce Hill.
Dean married Virginia Mae Burtenshaw on June 8, 1945 in the Salt Lake Temple. Virginia passed away three years ago. They have five children; Carolyn Oldham (Jim), Sharyl Malouf (Ray), Von Hill (Wendy), Michelle Cox (Jared), and Janene Mann (Don). He leaves behind 29 grandchildren and 78 great-grandchildren.
Following his service in World War II, he joined the Air Force Reserve where he served for 28 years retiring at the rank of Major. He received a Master’s Degree in Civil Engineering from the University of Utah in 1949. He sang in the Mormon Tabernacle choir for 21 years. He served in the Utah House of Representatives for eight years and served twice on the Bountiful City Council. He and Virginia were set apart nine times as missionaries of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. They worked on projects throughout the United States and in Canada and Australia. Dean held licenses as a Professional Engineer and Professional Land Surveyor in several states. He served as a service missionary until he was 88. He served his God, Country, Family and his fellow travelers. Dean and Virginia lived lives of service. They made the world a better place.
Services will be held Saturday, Aug. 4, 2018 at 11 a.m. in the Bountiful 53rd ward meeting house located at 1365 N. 650 East, Bountiful. A viewing will be held at the church from 9:30 to 10:45 a.m. prior to the services. On Friday, August 3 a viewing will also be held at Russon Brothers Mortuary, 295 North Main in Bountiful, Utah from 6 to 8 p.m. Online guestbook at www.russonmortuary.com.