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Marvin Sidney Hill

1928 - 2016 Obituary Condolences
Marvin Sidney Hill Obituary
Aug.28, 1928 ~ July 27, 2016
Marvin Sidney Hill, the youngest of four children of Emma Wirthlin and Clarence H. Hill, of Salt Lake City, was reared in Washington, D.C. His dearest playmates were siblings: Donna, Robert, and twin sister, Marjorie. He had an early interest in U.S. history. In 1951, after an L.D.S. "Western States" mission, he returned to DC where he met the love of his life, Lila Foster of Whitney, ID. After their marriage in 1953 in the Salt Lake Temple, he worked as a janitor while completing a BA in the spring of 1955 and an MA that summer at BYU. They moved to Chicago in 1955 for his full scholarship to University of Chicago. Lila typed his dissertation while taking care of their growing family. He completed a PhD in 1968, but started teaching at BYU in 1966. He was an accomplished historian and author of five books, including Carthage Conspiracy, written with Dallin H. Oaks; and Quest for Refuge.
In 1992, Hill was President of the Mormon History Association. After 27 years he retired to Orem, UT. To his last, he was devoted to Lila and was proud of his children: Linda, Leslie, Laura, Jeffery, Steven, and Melanie. Friends and family may attend a graveside service at Whitney Idaho Cemetery on Sat. July 30 at 10 a.m..
Published in Deseret News on July 30, 2016
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