In Loving Memory|
Avin Hill left this world peacefully with his family by his side on April 2, 2014 at the age of 80.
Weep not for me though I am gone into the gentle night.
I am at peace, my soul's at rest.
There is no need for tears.
For with your love I was so blessed.
There is no pain, I suffer not,
The fear now is gone.
Put these things out of your thoughts.
In your memory I live on.
Please do not dwell upon my death
But celebrate my life!
Avin leaves behind his loving wife Lorayne of 60 years; his children Mark (Candy), Kenneth (Judy) and Karen (Eric Sangston). Including six grandchildren; Mark Hill, Amy Hill-Wagner, Jami Jackson, Melanie Hill, Jessica Sangston- Jackson, Nicole Hill- Scott; and 8 adoring great grandchildren.
Avin married his high school sweetheart Lorayne in 1954, before enlisting in the Air Force. Avin proudly served his country during the Korean War. After his military service, Avin graduated from Chico State in 1962 and went to work in the construction industry.
1n 1977 Avin opened the doors to Hill Construction. Teaching his sons well, Mark and Ken followed him into business. With Lorayne and Karen behind the scenes, Hill Construction made a solid and successful family business for over 20 years. Avin and Lorayne retired in 1998.
Avin had many interests and talents, and many years of dedicated service to the Yuba-Sutter community. Avin served as a Reserve Game Warden and was a Lieutenant for the Sutter County Sheriff Reserves. Avin was an active member of the Moose Lodge and also a member of the American Legion. But Avin was most notoriously known in his association with the Brethren of E Clampus Vitus, where he served as the Chapter 10 Grand Noble Humbug.
An avid outdoorsman, camper, dirt bike racer, trail rider and GPS expert made Avin our Camp Director. He was known for saying "A family that plays together stays together," and "He who dies with the most toys...Wins!" Avin's great stories always drew attention, especially when they started with "So, I took the ten thousand dollars and told her so..." or "IF you don't believe me...I'll hide and watch."
If any ever knew Avin they'd say...he's a Big Story Tellin' Hudson Racin' Jitter Buggin' Clamperin' Patriot, who will be missed terribly. Avin, your name will forever be spoken with a big smile, and a great story. Because blessed are WE to have known YOU. Until we meet again Avin.
What say the Brethren? And the Brethren say "Satisfactory" And so recorded, with the pound of the gavel.
The viewing will be held at Ullrey Memorial Chapel on Tuesday April 8th from 4pm to 7pm. Graveside services and Military Honors are being held Wednesday April 9th at 10am at the Sutter Cemetery, followed by a Celebration of Avin's Life at NU Generation's Lounge.
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Published in Appeal Democrat on Apr. 4, 2014