Gerald E Hill passed away from leukemia on Sept 2, 2020, at his home in Colorado. He is survived by his daughter, Seaira, son in law Ryan, and his siblings, Peter, Karen and Scott.
He was not in pain and passed peacefully in his sleep with multiple family members in attendance. He was cracking jokes until the very end of his consciousness.
He was a 3rd generation Colorado native, graduated from Bear Creek HS, was married to HS friend Sandra Johnson for many years, joined the Army Corp of Engineers, then had a long and satisfying career as a commercial construction supervisor and got to design and build two beautiful homes of his own.
He was a world class skier, member of the 10th Mountain Division, made beautiful custom skis from his home in the mountains, did many exciting trips to Japan, Canada, France, Switzerland, Utah and the backcountry of Colorado with his friends. He was able to climb and ski most of the 14ers in CO, and even lived in the attic of Arapaho Basin as a teenager.
In the summers he spent his time camping on the lakes of CO and WY with his friends. He joked before he passed about how sorry he felt for all the fish that wouldn’t get to have their picture taken with him now. Once a summer he and his daughter and son in law would travel to camp at the oceans, deserts, forests or canyons of the west.
He was the best father anyone could ever hope for, as well as a great husband, friend, and neighbor. Everyone who knew him experienced him to be extremely capable, humble, gentle, kind, generous, funny, stable, brave, responsible and adventurous.
He loved, was loved, and will be deeply missed. He would remind everyone to Wag More, Bark Less.
There will be a memorial hike next summer to scatter his ashes near St Mary’s Glacier, and in lieu of flowers you may make donations to Trout Unlimited, to help preserve the beautiful waters of America.
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