Harold Hillam Obituary, Death – After a valiant battle with Lou Gehrig’s disease, Harold Gordon Hillam passed away on Tuesday, March 27, 2012, at his home. He was surrounded by his family at the time of his passing. He was the first child of Gordon R. and Evelyn Skidmore Hillam, and he was born on September 1st, 1934 in Sugar City, Idaho. On June 5, 1958, he entered the Salt Lake City Temple to wed Carol Lois Rasmussen. They were the ideal couple for one another.
Harold was a man of great capacity and vision, but his primary concern was always for the well-being of his family. He did not give his children everything they desired; rather, he provided them with everything they required. He bought a farm that was 80 acres south of Idaho Falls and built a house for his family there. He instilled in his children the importance of hard work.
Harold was exceptionally talented in both problem analysis and the development of potential solutions. His ability to show other people a vision of what could be accomplished and instill a desire in them to make that vision a reality was his greatest strength. He was able to help others see a vision. Every job that Harold took on received his undivided attention and dedication. He did not care where in the world he lived because he loved the people and they loved him no matter what.
Harold was active in a number of church and civic organizations throughout his life. His civic service included membership in the Kiwanis Club in Idaho Falls, serving as president of the Rocky Mountain Orthodontic Society, coordinating the cleanup efforts following the Teton Dam disaster in southeast Idaho, and serving as president of the Teton Peaks Council, Boy Scouts of America, from which he received the Eagle Scout and Silver Beaver awards. He also coordinated the cleanup efforts following the Teton Dam disaster in southeast Idaho.
In his service to the LDS church, he was a missionary in Brazil, the stake president in Idaho Falls, the mission president in Lisbon, Portugal, a general authority, one of the seven presidents of the Seventy, the general Sunday School president, the area president of Brazil, the area president of Western Europe, and the president of the Boise, Idaho, Temple. He also served as the president of the Boise, Idaho, Temple.
He is survived by Carol, his wife of 53 years; seven children, Linda (John) Maddox and Rodney (Melanie) Hillam of Orem, Utah; Bonnie (Derek) Cordon and Mark (Becky) Hillam of Johns Creek, Georgia; Ryan (Lisa) Hillam and Jared (Sarah) Hillam of Nampa, Idaho; and Jared (Sarah) Hillam of Austin, Texas; 29 grandchildren and three great-grandchildren; His parents passed away before he was born.
On Monday, April 2, funeral services will be held at the Bountiful Orchard LDS Stake Center, which is located at 3599 S. Orchard Drive in Bountiful, Utah. Services will begin at 11 a.m. Friends are welcome to pay their respects to the family at the Orchard Stake Center from 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. on Monday. The Orchard Stake Center is located at 295 North Main Street in Bountiful. Visiting hours are today from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. On Tuesday, April 3, at 11 a.m., the body of the deceased will be laid to rest at Pineview Cemetery in Ashton, Idaho.