Nov. 6, 1949 - Feb. 18, 2013
Lynn Hills was born on Nov 6th, 1949 in Roseburg, OR, to Esther and Orrin Hills. He died on Feb 18th, 2013 in Nampa.
Lynn lived with his parents and older brother Gary in Sutherlin, OR until 1952 when his dad moved the family to Boise where he taught and coached at Boise High School. Younger sister Sharlene was added to the family, and in the fall of 1954, the family moved to Nampa, where Orrin became Athletic Director and Men's basketball coach at Northwest Nazarene College. A baby brother Steve was born in 1955.
Lynn attended both Lone Star and Eastside elementary schools; and Central Junior High in Nampa. He attended Tempe High School as a 9th grader where his dad was working on a post-graduate degree at Arizona State University. The family returned to Nampa for Lynn's sophomore school year where he attended Nampa High School. Lynn graduated from Nampa High in 1968.
Lynn attended Northwest Nazarene College for two years; and was then drafted into the US Army. He became a military policeman and dog handler. Most of Lynn's time in the Army was spent in Vietnam.
Upon being honorably discharged from the Army, Lynn returned to the Nampa - Boise area. Much of his professional career was spent as purchasing manager at Treasure Valley Laboratory and then Interpath Laboratory; both in Boise. He lived at his current address in Nampa for over 30 years.
Lynn would have to be considered one of the all-time best high school distance runners from the State of Idaho. He won five State championships during a time when distance runners were allowed to run only one race of 800 meters or longer in single meet (athletes could not "double" in the distance races). As a sophomore, he finished 2nd in the State XC meet in 1965; behind older brother Gary. He won the State XC meet the next two years; leading Nampa High to the team championship both years. Nampa went on to win four team championships in a row from 1966 - 1969. In track, Lynn set the State record in the 2 mile as a sophomore (9:43); winning the State championship. He won the State Mile championship the next two years; breaking older brother, Gary's, State record in the Mile as a senior (4:18.1). Lynn had a chronic Achilles tendon problem that cut his running career short, but he set the NNC school record in the mile as a freshman (4:15.7).
Lynn had a unique sense of humor. He had a real knack for making tough situations bearable. His friendships were strong and stood the test of time. He was a great brother and will be missed far more than words can express.
Lynn is survived by his mother; Esther Sanderson of Coos Bay, OR; stepmother; Darlene Hills of Nampa; brother Gary of Livermore, CA; sister Sharlene Barrett of Nampa; sister Kimberly Overcast of Billings, MT; brother Steve Hills of Beaverton, OR; brother Dave Overcast of Elko, NV; sister Julie Douty of Greenleaf, ID; and multiple nieces; nephews. He was preceded in death by his father Orrin Hills.
A viewing and visitation will be held on Friday, March 1, 2013 from 4:00 to 7:00 P.M. at the Nampa Funeral Home, Yraguen Chapel. A celebration of his life will be held at 11:00 A.M. Saturday, March 2, 2013 also at the Nampa Funeral Home, Yraguen Chapel. Lynn will be interred in the Idaho State Veterans Cemetery in Boise.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Boise Rescue Mission - Veterans Ministries, 308 S. 24th St., Boise, Idaho 83702
Published in Idaho Statesman on Feb. 27, 2013