Thursday, March 26, 2009

One Very Special Grandfather and Great-Grandfather

Barney Holbrook Hilton

Barney Holbrook Hilton 1915 ~ 2009 Barney H. Hilton beloved father, grandfather, great-grandfather, brother, neighbor and friend died peacefully early in the morning of March 25, 2009. His good humor and optimism remained to the end. Barney was born to Joseph Clarence and Gladys Richins Hilton on September 1, 1915 in Pleasant Grove, Utah. He spent his childhood and early adult years in Pleasant Grove, graduating from Pleasant Grove High School class of 1933. He married Vera Lee Beckett on March 17, 1939, in the Salt Lake Temple. They were married for 66 years until her death in June, 2005. Dad loved playing saxophone and clarinet with dance bands throughout Utah and Wyoming during his younger years and continued to do so throughout his life until arthritis took his ability to find the keys on his sax. He enjoyed fishing into his eighty's first with his sons and then with his grandsons. Dad was first and foremost a family man who loved having his children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren around him and they loved him also. He was a faithful member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. He served his church in many capacities during his life, but most enjoyed his missionary service: The Netherlands, 1936-1939; Nauvoo 1981-1983; Tallahassee, Florida Mission, 1985-1986; Atlanta, Georgia Temple 1991-1992; the latter three missions with his eternal companion, Mom. He is the father of seven children: R. Donn Hilton (Katy); Michal Miller (Allen); Patricia, deceased; Stephanie Glende (Steve); Sally Everett (Jim); Sydney Whipple (Doug); Mark B. Hilton, deceased (Marinda). He also has 29 grandchildren and 56 great-grandchildren. He is survived by his brothers, Joe Hilton, John Hilton, Glade Hilton (Bonnie); and sister, Clare Huish. Preceded in death by sister, Phyllis Holien. Funeral service will be held Saturday, March 28, 2009 at 11:00 a.m. at the Central Park Ward, 304 East 2700 South. Friends and family may visit Friday evening from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. at the Holbrook Mortuary, 3251 South 2300 East, and at the church Saturday morning from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. prior to the service. Interment: Wasatch Lawn Memorial Park. Online condolences may be sent to the family at: In lieu of flowers the family suggests contributions to the LDS Church Perpetual Education Fund.

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