Thursday, April 30, 2009


Simon, the Organization Man?
Check about 1:11 into this approximately three-minute video.
(Challenge to all Clovis Hill descendants: Can you detect at least one grammatical error in the script?)

Saturday, April 18, 2009


Aunt Jan's Funeral

Group photo of many of the Hill Clan in attendance.-----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
(Obituary from The April 17, 2009 "Southern Utah’s #1 Choice for News and Information")------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
ST. GEORGE - Janice Rene Hill, great lady of our heart and dear friend of many, passed away quietly the morning of April 9, 2009 at the age of seventy-four. A "transplant" from Pasadena, California to St. George, Utah in 1993, Janice came full circle to return to the site of her LDS Temple marriage in St. George, Utah in 1954. The beckoning warmth of friends, climate, and culture unfolded around her, and she soon became an active patron of the arts and a devoted church worker in the LDS Relief Society.
She was born in Oakland, California, November 23, 1934 to Stanley Maurius Heeder and Elva L. Loring. Growing up as a native in the Golden State, she was active in many school programs and enjoyed performing in several roles in popular musicals, both in high school and in college. After three years of courtship she married her California husband in the St. George LDS Temple because then it was the designated Southern California Area Temple. She spent fifty-five years with him, raising a wonderful daughter and looking over the rearing of her three grandsons. During that time she also served as Primary President and Relief Society President in the Pasadena Ward of the LDS Church in California.
While living in Pasadena she was Vice President and President of the Music Arts Club. After moving to St. George, she filled those two similar offices here in the Southwest Guild, a support organization for the Southwest Symphony. She was also an enthusiastic volunteer for the St. George Chamber of Commerce for several years. She worked for eight years as Assistant to the Dean of Faculty at Occidental College in Los Angeles, California and as a legal secretary for Elder Doug Callister of Callister and Callister in Glendale, California.
Janice loved to travel, and during the last forty years of her life crisscrossed the countries of Europe from west to east. She knew the capitals of Europe about as well as she knew many of the cities in her homeland. She spoke most fondly of trips to Armenia, Israel, Russia, and China with her husband. She also served a mission with him for the LDS Church in the Czech Republic from 1991 to 1993. She was a charter member of the Heritage Choir and sang with that organization for ten years. She enjoyed reading the Standard Works as well as selected books written by the General Authorities. She especially liked biographies and read daily until she passed away.

Wednesday, April 15, 2009


Yes, we were at the "Tea Party"

Lupe and I stood along the curbs at the Midway Post Office, along with 3,000 other demonstrators. By the way, I filed my own taxes on the 14th!

The police and postal workers maintained neutrality during the event, except for one Mail truck driver, who tossed this tea out of his window as he drove by.

Sunday, April 12, 2009


Aunt Jan Passes on to Glory

Upon our return from Palm Springs, we learned of the passing of my dear Aunt Jan in Saint George. Ever cheerful, graceful, and faithful to God, she will be remembered lovingly until we meet again.

This photo was taken about two years ago during a visit to San Diego.


Spring Get-away 2009

Lupe looks down on the lobby of the Hyatt Regency in Palm Springs. Thanks to Priceline, we slumbered "high on the hog"!

While Lupe shopped, I hiked the short trail up Tahquitz Canyon within the Agua Caliente Cahuilla Indian Reservation.

We scheduled our get-away on an day that would include the weekly Palm Springs Street Festival. Here we are at nightfall in front of our hotel.

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