Dennis Clarence Hill passed away Jan. 12, 2013, in the loving care of the Hospice of the Foothills Compassionate Care Home in Grass Valley, Calif. He was 83.
To honor his wishes, there will be no service. There will be a private burial in the National Cemetery in Dixon, Calif. In memory of Dennis, family and relatives will honor his life at a luncheon Saturday, Jan. 19, 2013.
Dennis was born in Lodi, Calif., and raised in the little town of Courtland down the Sacramento River. After graduating from Courtland High School, he attended City College in Sacramento. Dennis joined the Army at the start of the Korean War. He received a commission in the U.S. Army as a second lieutenant. He received the Purple Heart and Bronze Star medal in combat in Korea. Dennis gave more than 20 years of service to the military and retired a colonel. In 1968 he served on the security detail for then Governor Ronald Reagan. He was a local businessman in Grass Valley for many years. In 1977, he was elected to the Grass Valley City Council and served as mayor from 1981 to 1985. One of his accomplishments with his council members was to secure a grant to remodel City Hall. Dennis received many awards from the city of Grass Valley as well as the state of California.
He is survived by his loving family; wife Bernice; sons Bill of Sacramento (Karen) and Dennis of Sacramento; daughter Kimberly Maltese of Grass Valley (Kevin); granddaughters Jaclyn and Samantha Swartz and Kristina Hill; grandsons Zach Maltese, Justin Hill and A.J.Hill; two great-grandsons; loving sisters Glenda Brownson of Michigan (Donald) and Patricia Emery of Washington (John); many nieces and nephews.
In memory of Dennis Hill, make donations to the Hospice of the Foothills, 1270 Rough and Ready Highway, Grass Valley, CA 95945.