With loved ones at his side, Gerald LeRoy Hill, Sr., best known as “Pat”, peacefully moved on to the next world on Sunday, November 27, 2011.
Pat was born to Tiffany Hill and Loretta Butler Hill in Big Pine, California on August 29, 1933. He moved home to Modoc Point while still very young, and was raised by James and Margaret Johnson. He attended Mt. Angel boarding school briefly, but ran away so many times that James and Margaret decided it would be best for him to stay home and attend school in Chiloquin. He subsequently married Margaret Jane Haddock, a Sprague River-Chiloquin girl, and they had three children, Kathleen, Gerald, Jr. and James.
Running cattle alongside James Johnson at an early age and sharing responsibility for Tribal cattle at Wocus Bay imbued Pat with a strong work ethic that lasted a lifetime. Over the years, he engaged in a variety of jobs, including work as a logger, ranch-hand and millworker. He also served in the U.S. Army. Pat took pleasure in memories of riding saddle bronc in his early years, and greatly admired those who excelled in that arena.
The Creator gifted Pat with an extraordinary sense of humor that empowered him to deal with the many challenges that came his way. He spent most of his life in Klamath Country, but also moved about. In 2006, he moved back to Chiloquin to be closer to family and enjoy his Tribal homeland. In his final years, Pat’s greatest pride and joy was found in his relationships with his children and grandchildren, who reflected his strong work ethic, and in his great-grandchildren who proved to him (in his own words) that “it was all worth it”.
Pat was preceded in death by his parents – Tiffany Hill, Loretta Butler Hill Brown, James Johnson and Margaret Johnson. He was also preceded in death by his elder brother Harold “Charlie” Hill, younger sister Phyllis Hill, younger brother Fred Brown, Jr., beloved nephew Harold “Snick” Hill, beloved nieces Janice Hill, Lauretta Hill and Loretta Hill and special cousin Clarice Butler Karratti.
Pat is survived by his aunt, Evelyn Hill Bacoch of Big Pine, younger brother Wilford Hill, sisters-in-law Mary Hill Garcia and Shari Brown, daughter and son-in-law Kathleen Hill and Joseph Dupris, sons Gerald Hill, Jr. and James Hill, grandchildren Shayleen Allen, David Allen Hill and Martha Sanchez Hill, Joseph “Joe” Dupris, Shay Dupris, Shana Hill, Sarah Hill and Tristan Hill, and great-grandchildren Alena Jane Thomas, Lorenzo Idrogo, Alyssandra Hill, Isabelle Hill, David Hill, Jonathan Hill and Allen Hill, nephews and nieces Calvin Hill, Charlie Hill, Deana Hill, Annette Hill, Calvin Brown, Fred Brown III, Shara Brown and Shoshanim Brown, special cousin Gordon David, and special lifelong friend Harold “Plummie” Wright. He also deeply loved other wives, stepchildren, friends and relatives.
At Pat’s request, there will be no funeral services. An informal Celebration of Life dinner was hosted by the family on January 8, and a private family ceremony will be held in the spring.