Sam Winston Hill, 55, died Saturday, August 25, 2018 in Amarillo, Texas.
Family will receive friends from 6:00 – 7:00 PM Tuesday, August 28, 2018 at Schooler Funeral Home Brentwood Chapel. Memorial services are scheduled for 11:00 AM on Wednesday, August 29, 2018, at the First Presbyterian Church in Amarillo, Texas. Rev. Murray Gossett will officiate, and arrangements for services have been provided by Schooler Funeral Home, of Amarillo.
Sam was born September 27, 1962 in Amarillo, second son to Sammie Clinton Hill and Jean Hill. He graduated from Tascosa High School in 1981, then pursued Archaeology studies in Austin at the University of Texas. His subsequent return to Amarillo brought him back to the personal relationships that meant so much, and returned him to the family cattle business to work alongside his father. Sam married the former Crystal Bomar in 1985, with whom he shared an only son, born 1989.
Sam’s compassionate, introspective and analytical nature made him a cherished friend, teammate, and teacher. Over a 25-year career at the U.S. Department of Energy, Sam focused a protective capacity to the benefit of others across his many travels. He used his marksmanship, and strategic experience as a Federal Agent and Marshal, to develop training programs and build a legacy for future generations. His support, skill, and loyalty remain often cited by those who worked alongside him.
Sam’s life encompassed a broad scope. A well-rounded man, he meant different things to disparate people. From far and wide his friends and family shared an appreciation for his abundant love and selflessness. Sam never met a stranger, and delighted in helping others. He loved and adored his son and family. He had a particular ability to bring special and unexpected gifts into the lives of others, often when they needed it the most. His artistic passions were diverse, coupling a love for the natural environment, with a propensity for creation. Sam’s attention to detail enhanced his efforts, whether manifesting in intimate meals and fellowship, handmade leatherworks, or vibrant traveling expeditions.
Sam was preceded in death by his grandparents, John and Theo Belle Nix, and Fred A. and Nellie Hill. Sam was also preceded in death by his father, Sammie Clinton Hill, and his eldest brother Fred Emory Hill. Survivors include his mother, Jean Hill of Amarillo; his son, Clinton Hill of Los Angeles, California; two sisters, Marjorie Ellis and husband David of Amarillo, and Belinda Hill of Lelland, North Carolina; two brothers, Warren Hill and wife Meredith Marmaduke of Amarillo, and Frank Hill and fiancée Lisa Mote of Amarillo; along with many extended family members, friends and colleagues peppered across the nation. He will remain forever loved and missed.
The family suggests memorials be made to one of Sam’s favored charities: Faith City Mission, P.O. Box 870, Amarillo, TX 79105.