More detail on this person: Dr Wade Lee Hill Wade Lee Hill passed from this life Aug. 28, 2006, at the age of 63. After a short but valiant battle with pancreatic cancer, Wade began a new journey while surrounded by family and friends at the Huntsman Cancer Institute in Salt Lake City. He was born Oct. 4, 1942 in Salina, the beloved only son of Wattie Lee "Ducky" and Sylvia Alice (Sorensen) Hill. Wade grew up in Monroe, attended South Sevier High School, and lettered in both baseball and basketball. After graduating, he went to Utah State University, where he made the freshman basketball team. After his freshman year at USU, Wade served an honorable two-year LDS mission in the Northwestern States. Upon returning, he continued his education at USU, and graduated in 1966 with a bachelor's degree in physical education. After college, Wade joined the U.S. Army, was accepted by the Officer Training School and subsequently served two tours of duty in Vietnam - '69-'70 with the engineering corps and '71-'72 as a helicopter pilot. During his military service, Wade made a very special connection. He brought Hien Thi Nguyen to his home in Utah, and Sept. 16, 1972, they were married. Together, the two of them returned to USU for a year, so that Wade could complete his pre-dental educational requirements. Wade graduated from Case Western Reserve University Dental School in 1977 and completed his oral and maxillofacial surgery training in 1985 at MetroHealth Medical Center in Cleveland. In 1987, Wade and his budding family relocated to St. George, where he set up his own private practice. Over the years, he has treated his patients in Southern Utah and beyond with the great love and compassion for which he has come to be known. On several occasions, Wade has even traveled overseas to Vietnam, India and other countries to offer dental care to those less fortunate. In 2004, Wade retired honorably as a captain of the U.S. Navy Reserve. Along with his tireless work ethic, compassion, and humility, Wade also had an indelible love for life outside of work. Whenever he wasn't working, you could find him golfing, fishing, going to BYU football games, snowboarding, scuba diving, playing cards, and working out at the gym. Wade will forever be remembered for his unconditional love for each and every person he came into contact with, his ability to forgive, his ready smile, and being able to find good in even the worst of situations. Consequently, his love for his family will never be forgotten. Here he found his greatest joy in life. The unbelievable outpouring of love and support that the Hill family received during Wade's hospitalization is ample testament to just how much Dr. Hill meant to those he came to know during his rich and fruitful life. Though he'll be sorely missed, he leaves behind a legacy of honor and love in every respect. Wade was truly an exemplary and successful man. There's not a soul he's touched who doesn't look forward to the day they will see him again. Wade is survived by his wife, Hien Thi Nguyen Hill, St. George; children, Wes Lee Hill, Jacksonville, Fla,; Heidi Thi Hill Batte, Greenwood, S.C., (Zachary Thomas Batte); Wayne Lee Hill, Salt Lake City; Heather T'hi Hill Morris, Washington City, (Christopher Steven Morris); and grandchild, Olivia Paige Batte Viewing were held Sept. 1, at the Heideman Mortuary, 170 South Mall Drive; and Sept. 2 at the Sunset LDS stake center, 82 North Dixie Drive, both in St. George. Funeral services were held Sept. 2, at the Sunset LDS stake center. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Dr. Wade Hill Scholarship Fund for Dixie State College Dental Hygiene Program, 225 South 700 East, St. George, Utah 84770.
Burial information: Tonaquint Cemetery, Saint George, UT
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