Earl McColl Hill(1926 - 2013)

Earl McColl Hill

June 12, 1926

May 19, 2013

Earl McColl Hill, 86, died at his residence, Dunmovin, in Reno, on May 19, 2013. A native of Bisbee, Arizona, he was born on June 12, 1926 to Earl George Hill and Jeanette McColl Hill. He was a lawyer, having practiced primarily in the fields of mining and aviation law since 1962, and was admitted to practice in all courts of the State of Nevada, the U.S. District Court for the District of Nevada, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, the U.S. Court of Federal Claims and the Supreme Court of the United States. He was also a member of the American, Lawyer-Pilots, Nevada and Washoe County Bar Associations.

Hill had resided in Reno since 1961, coming from Seattle and Ely. He attended public schools in White Pine County and Reno, and briefly the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and was a graduate of the University of Washington School of Law. The old bastard was a member of the Masonic and Elks fraternal bodies in Reno and Ely, and a U.S. Marine Corps combat veteran of World War II, where he participated in action against enemy forces at Roi-Namur in the Marshall Islands, Guam, and Okinawa. He was a life member of the Marine Corps League, the Veterans of Foreign Wars, the National Rifle Association, The Nevada Pistol and Rifle Association, and a member of Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association, the Rocky Mountain Mineral Law Foundation, and the Prospectors Club.

Hill's wife, Bea Dolan Hill, preceded him in death in 1998. The old reprobate is survived by sons Arthur Charles Hill of San Francisco, CA and John Earl Hill (Fon) of Livermore, CA, daughters, Tamara Hill Fegert (Kevin), Darlene Johnson of Reno, and Virginia Pickett of Centralia, WA, brother John Robert Hill (Nancy) and sister Freddy Van Camp (Jack) of Ely, NV, seven grandchildren, one great-grandchild and numerous nephews and nieces.

Walton's is in charge of funeral arrangements, and a visitation at their chapel on West Second Street, Reno 5:00 to 7:00 pm on Wednesday, May 22, 2013. Private interment will follow at the Columbarium of Guardian Angels - East Boot Hill*, Reno. In lieu of flowers, donations to favorite charities are suggested.

A special thank you to Infinity Hospice, Kelli (RN) and Kathy (CNA), and his loving caregivers, Morena and Justice who made his desire to remain in his home possible. He was "Dunmovin"!

A Celebration of Life for Earl McColl Hill will be on the date of his 87th birthday, June 12th, 2013. Details and information are forthcoming. Earl was greatly loved by his family, friends, colleagues, battalion, pets and acquaintances. We will miss his dry sense of humor, his love, strength, and guidance. From his Memoirs: "I do not regard myself as a religious person, but I know from experience that 'there are no atheists in the foxholes'. I often silently say prayers." We love you, Sweet Pappy! God bless and protect you!

* Mountain View Cemetery and Mausoleum (Earl had his own names for everything! Try figuring out his shopping list!)

Semper Fi


Published in Reno Gazette-Journal from May 22 to May 26, 2013