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James Hill, 1951-2021Free Access

James Wesley Hill left this world Sept. 26, 2021, to return to his heavenly father.

He was surrounded by his loved ones as his battle with lung cancer ended.

James was born Sept. 30, 1951 in Ogden, Utah. James was the son of Eugene Frank Hill, of Tremonton, Utah, and Marjorie Ellen Oliver, of Moab, Utah.

James came to Moab with his family at an early age; it’s where he lived most of his life.

James served with his two brothers in the Vietnam War. When he returned he married Karrie Jensen. Together they had two beautiful children and later divorced.

Karrie and James remained good friends throughout his life. In 2003, he married his lifelong sweetheart Rhonda Mae Bosley and they were later sealed in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints temple.

Together they resided in Moab until 2013, when they moved to La Sal, Utah. James was a wonderful father and became a loving and caring stepfather to her five children, raising them as his own.

Between them they claim nine children, 35 grandchildren and 11 great grandchildren. He always found the time to spend with the children taking them hiking, camping, swimming, hunting, fishing, and enjoying the outdoors.

He could hike and climb like a mountain goat. He taught many of them to drive (some of them way too early). He also taught them useful life skills and about his love of God.

James was loved by all, but the grandchildren were the light of his life. He found something special about each of them. He will be greatly missed.

Mining was James’ main profession for family and businesses. His artistic ability allowed him to create many campsites with rock throughout Moab. James’ last employment was with the National Park Service where he was a trail builder.

He received a bonus for building a spiral stone stairway on the trail to the lower lookout point located at Delicate Arch. But his true passion was discovering a rare glass rock that was proven by NASA and scientists as a rare mineral Analeiume created by electricity hitting the earth.

Upon discovering the rock James opened a mine called The Mystery Mines, naming his rock Millennium, also known as Obsession Stone. James’ greatest accomplishment was getting confirmation of his belief of how the glass rock was created.

James was an artist with stone and rock; he created jewelry, carvings, and keepsakes from the Obsession Stone.

James had a strong testimony and great love of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints religion. His last assignment was to serve as second counselor in the bishopric of the La Sal branch. His love grew for the members of the community through their support and kindness. We will miss his knowledge, kindness, compassion, and insight for his fellow man.

He is survived by his children, Amie James Hill Runolfson (Rhett), Manti; John Wesley Hill, Manti; Sharmi Ann Hill (Mike Cowan), Grand Junction, Colorado; Jeremy Paul Hill (Jennifer), Tremonton; VaLena Mae Hill Higley (Clifton), Mantua; KayLee Shurine Hill Martineau (Micah), Cedar City; Zachary Vernon Hill (Audrey), Brigham City; Lacie Jo Lammert Rodriguez (Misael), Manti; Jordan Lammert (Arie), Manti; brother, Michael Hill, Moab; sister, Sabera Hill Rogers (Dana), Castle Valley; and Larene Hill Gorhem (Dale), Denver.

James was preceded in death by both his parents, brother, Mitchael Hill; his sons, Shawn Hill and Jeff Hill; sister, Margene Hill Richards; nephew Lucas Hill; sister-in law, Suzann Kakunes Hill; and brother-in law, Peter Kakunes Jr.

Funeral services begin at 11 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 2, 2021 at the La Sal Church of Christ of Latter-day Saints Church, 124 Highway 149 (Markle Road). A viewing will be held from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Friday, Oct. 1, 2021 at the Spanish Valley Mortuary, 386 N. 100 W. Moab, Utah, and one hour prior to the service at the church. Interment with military rites will follow the service at La Sal Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, please make donations to Zions Bank of Moab to the account of James Wesley Hill to help cover the cost of the funeral.

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