Published in Deseret News from January 31 to February 1, 2013
Robert Wirthlin "Bob" Hill 1923 ~ 2013
Bob passed away peacefully in his home
Wednesday, January 23rd, 2013. He was born in
Salt Lake City on December 9, 1923, the eldest son
of Clarence Henry and Emma CharlotteWirthlin Hill.
Bob spent the first three years of his life in Salt
Lake City until his family moved to Washington D.C.,
where his father got a job working for the U.S. Treasury Department.
Bob graduated from Central High School in 1943, where he excelled in all
sports. His favorite sport was baseball and his love of this played a major
role in the rest of his life.
He attended the Naval Academy in Annapolis in 1944 for two years. Bob
chose to leave to play professional baseball. He was signed by the
Philadelphia Phillies where he played on their farm team for about 5 years.
During this time he attended Muhlenberg College where he graduated with a
Bachelor of Science in Mathematics in June, 1949.
He met his wife, Jean Bennion, at a church activity in Washington D.C.
They drove cross-country to marry in the Salt Lake City Temple on
October 6, 1950.
After several injuries he decided to quit playing baseball and joined the
Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI). In 1952, while working for the FBI
he attended Georgetown University in the evening where he graduated in
1956 with his JurisDoctorate. In 1957, he stopped working for the FBI to
move to Eugene, Oregon to practice law, where they raised their family for
35 years. While in Eugene he held many church positions: Scouting
Commissioner, High Councilor, Counselors in a Stake Presidency and then
as the Stake President in 1972. In 1982 he was released and was ordained
as a Patriarch.
In 1988, they relocated to Orem, Utah to live near their son Brett and
daughter Julie and her family. No sooner had they moved into their Orem
home when he was called to serve as the mission president of the
Vancouver, British Columbia mission. After their mission they retired to
Cedar Valley, Utah.
Bob was preceded in death by his wife: Jean Bennion Hill and three sons,
Brett, Andrew and Bruce and one daughter, Carolyn. Through all this loss
he still taught everyone around him the true meaning of spreading the love
of Christ, enduring to the end and of course the fact that families can be
together forever. He is survived by his daughter Julie (Hill) Myers, a
son-in-law David Myers, a granddaughter Emma Jean "Little Rascal"Myers,
a sister Marjorie Smith and a brother Marvin Hill and numerous nieces and
He loved the gospel, his family and friends unconditionally and baseball!
Funeral services will be held on Saturday, February 2nd, 2013 at 1:00 p.m.
in the Larkin Mortuary, 260 East South Temple, where friends may call
Saturday 11:45-12:45 p.m.
Interment Salt Lake City Cemetery.
Please leave online messages and condolences at www.larkinmortuary.com