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Kent James Hill

Kent James Hill, 61, of Holbrook Idaho passed away on Monday, April 22, 2024, at St. Luke’s Hospital in Twin Falls, Idaho, surrounded by his brothers. He was the second son born to Aaron and Erma Hill on August 2, 1962, in Logan, Utah. He came as a surprise to all, as he was born 3 months early, weighing 1 pound 15 ounces and 12 inches long. He has been running on his own time schedule ever since. Kent was the smallest premature birth to survive Logan LDS Hospital at that point in time. Kent had a strong will to live and clearly had purpose in this life, as his odds to live were one in a thousand. Not only was his premature birth an obstacle to overcome, but he also survived a 5.7 magnitude earthquake during his stay in the hospital. This earthquake happened in his first month of his life, causing the electricity to shut down and turned off Kent’s oxygen in his isolette for a time. His survival was truly a miracle.

As a young child, Kent was raised in Cove, Utah. At an early age, he formed a special bond with his brothers, and they became the best of friends. This bond continued to grow stronger throughout his whole life as they always worked, played and were there for each other. Around age 5, his family moved to Snowville, Utah and he attended Snowville Elementary for a few years. Their family moved back to Cove when Kent was 8, and he attended school in Lewiston, Utah. Around the age of 12, Kent moved with his family from Cove, Utah to Holbrook, Idaho to take over the Hill family farm. He loved to spend time with his family, especially his brothers. One of his favorite childhood activities was to ride snowmobiles and motorcycles all over Holbrook with his brothers. Kent attended Malad High School and graduated in 1981. He was a lifelong member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Upon graduation, he served a full-time mission in the Jackson, Mississippi mission. His mom knew she could always depend on getting a letter from Kent, as he always made sure his mom was well taken care of and told her how much he loved her.

After returning home, he lived in Logan, Utah, and attended Bridgerland Technical College, where he studied welding. He worked for Lazy Boy, PST Trucking Company, Harvey Hansen, and Rod Jones before going on to fulfill his lifelong dream of owning his own semi-truck and creating his successful business, known as K5 Trucking. Kent had two loves in his life: his 2007 Kenworth, that had over 2 million miles on it, and his 1979 Subaru Brat.

He enjoyed traveling the states on his truck and often would bring back souvenirs for his nieces and nephews, whom he loved and enjoyed being around. During the summers, his nieces and nephews would often convince him to take them on his boat at Stone Reservoir where they enjoyed many evenings waterskiing. While he loved traveling in his truck, he also loved his trips out of the country, which included a vacation to Cancun, Mexico and to Germany. He was very family-oriented and cherished the Sand Hollow and Moab trips that he would take with his brothers, mother, and friends. He loved riding his side-by-side with family and friends from sunrise until sunset. Kent was a friend to everybody and would help anyone who was in need. Family members always appreciated the phone calls they would receive from Kent, just to check in and see how they were doing. His family loved him dearly, they appreciated him, and he will be greatly missed. He was always so generous to those around him. Kent was an organ donor and as a final gift, he was able to give sight to another individual on
this earth.

He is preceded in death by his father, Aaron James Hill, his grandparents, Horace & Arvilla Rawlins and William & Ruth Hill, in addition to aunts, uncles, cousins, and great-grandparents.

He is survived by his mother, Erma Rawlins Hill, and his four brothers, Kelly (Becky) of Malad, Idaho, Kirk (Jennifer) of Malad, Idaho, Kacey of Malad, Idaho, and Klane (Stacey) of Snowville, Utah. He is also survived by many nieces and nephews, whom he adored and loved as his own.

Viewing services were held on Wednesday, May 1st from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. at Horsley Funeral Home, 132 W. 300 N. Malad, Idaho. A graveside service followed at noon at the Holbrook Cemetery.

The family would like to thank Twin Falls Emergency Services and St. Luke’s Hospital for giving Kent the best medical care during his
time there.

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