George Hill has been an active part of the Marion community for 55 years. After retiring from teaching physics at Marion High School, he chose to remain community-focused by volunteering at the Gardens of Matter Park and his church.
In the three years of giving his time and talents at the Gardens, Hill built a ‘barrel spill’ fountain feature surrounded by beautiful foliage and colorful annual blooms as well as a large elevated landscape bed inside a ‘serpentine’ stone wall in the Meadow. He also helped build a storage shed, and works many days along with other devoted volunteers to weed and maintain the Gardens’ captivating beauty.
“Marion doesn’t have a lot of exceptional natural qualities, so you have to create them. Thanks to the vision of leaders, a ton of work, and the buy-in among citizens, the Gardens of Matter Park is an exceptional centerpiece of the community. People from all over come to the Gardens and bring their families,” said Hill.
Hill also takes care of the outside features of First Christian Church in Marion. He was instrumental in building an arc to serve as both biblical representation and a functional playground outside the church which continues to be a public attraction and unique feature of the grounds.
Hill’s wife, also a retired school teacher, has also been an active volunteer. Hill and his wife have two daughters and seven grandchildren.