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Brian L. Hill

Brian Lee Hill
Oct. 2‚ 1966 – Sept. 6‚ 1993

Brian Lee Hill was a special man‚ a great son and brother‚ grandson and friend. Family and friends were important and he initiated getting together often. He loved being in the thick of things‚ joking and laughing. He was a joy to be with.

He also loved the quiet solitude of the outdoors. Woodworking‚ hiking‚ running‚ skiing‚ and camping were his favorite hobbies.

Throughout his school career he was involved in wrestling‚ baseball‚ football and he swam competitively from the age of 7 through college. He was always ready for the challenge of trying something new. He inspired people with his ever-present smile‚ magnetism‚ his caring and concern for people‚ his positive energy and sense of adventure.

Brian was a third year optometry student at Pacific University while working for the Oregon Department of Forestry fighting fires during the peak fire season. He loved working for the Forest Service‚ both in Oregon and Washington. He lost his life at a beautiful‚ heavenly place called Gale’s Creek while he and a friend were in a pumper truck that went off a tall cliff and exploded on impact below. Although Brian died while working and living in Oregon‚ he lived almost all of his life in the state of Washington and he looked forward to living and working in the Pacific Northwest.

Brian set many goals in his short lifetime and achieved many. His years with us were jam-packed with adventures and experiences. He lived every day to the fullest and we couldn’t have loved him more or have been more proud of who he was and what he accomplished.

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  1. A handsome young man, with sparkling eyes and sparkling personality. His spirit is strong and lives on in the hearts of his mother, father and sister, as well as many who knew him and loved him.

    – Leona E Smith
  2. I wish I would have had the privilege of knowing Brian. With the parents he had, I know he would have been an outstanding young man. It’s awesome the way they continue to honor his memory. May the hole in the hearts of all who knew and loved him, be filled with sweet memories. RIP – Brian.

    – JoycePetersen
  3. Although I never had the opportunity to meet Brian, he was a young man that my dad loved and admired like a son. I have no doubt that it was a beautiful reunion when my dad joined him in heaven ♡

    – Lynne Reynolds
  4. He lives on. He is loved and I feel his presence although I never got to meet him. His parents are some of the best people I know!

    – Leona Smith