Dennie Hill Dies

The Idaho-based horseman campaigned two-time champion AB What A Runner.

Quarter Racing Journal

Longtime horseman Dennie Hill died on August 28.

Dennis George Hill of Blackfoot, Idaho, passed away on August 28. He was 69.

Mr. Hill was born on November 13, 1947 in Richmond, Utah, the fourth child to Albert Francis Hill and Melna Nelson Hill, and he spent his childhood working on the family farm in Richmond. He graduated from Skyview High School in 1966, and he was a standout basketball player at Skyview. His teammates lovingly referred to him as “Hoot."

Mr. Hill attended Utah State University before he married his high school sweetheart, Kristine Seamons on September 19, 1968 in the Logan LDS Temple.  The Hills lived in Richmond for a time before they moved to Idaho in 1971 to further his career as a cattleman and rancher. In 1973, he bought a small farm in Blackfoot where he raised his family and built his business.

An avid horseman, Mr. Hill loved his racehorses. He started racing horses in the 1980s on the Eastern Idaho Fair Circuit, and first found fame with Raise A Lanty, who won several stakes, including the Boise Derby (G3). His many winners include 2002 All American Futurity (G1) winner AB What A Runner, that season's champion 2-year-old and champion sophomore filly the following season. 

The Hills also raced Policy Tacs to win the 1999 MBNA America Challenge Championship (G1), and stakes winners Apolitical Zoom and Fly With Honor.

They have bred the earners of more than $320,000, including two-time chariot world champion Ocean Runner. 

Mr. Hill also loved a good steak, a good card game, and watching his beloved Utah Jazz of the National Basketball Association. He loved people and was a friend to everyone he met.

Mr. Hill was also a fantastic husband, father, grandfather and great grandfather, and he loved spending time with family and always set a good example of honesty, hard work, and love. He is survived by his wife, Kris; his children Jennifer (Ken) Harris of Alpine, Utah, Todd Hill of Pleasant View, Utah, Leslie (Trevor) Walker of Ammon, Idaho and David (Abby) Hill of Blackfoot, Idaho; his brother, Mont Hill of Filer, Idaho; grandchildren Tyler (Makenzie) Harris, Cody (Savannah) Harris, Braeden Harris, McKenzie Harris, Gage Hill, Jaxon Hill, Lexie (Garrett) Kerby, Austin Walker (serving in the Peru Iquitos Mission) Abi Walker and Ellie Walker; two great grand-children, Nash Kerby and Harper Harris.

Mr. Hill was preceded in death by his parents, his brother, Ted Hill; sister, Bonnie Karren; and father in-law, Linden Seamons.

Family will meet with friends and relatives on Thursday, August 31, 2017 from 6-8 p.m. at Hawker Funeral Home, 132 South Shilling Ave., Blackfoot, Idaho.  The funeral will be at 11 a.m. on Friday, September 1, 2017 at the Rose Ward Building of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 403 North 150 West, Blackfoot, Idaho with viewing from 9:30-10:30 a.m. Condolences may be sent to the family at www.hawkerfuneralhome.com.

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