George Hillc Share

Jul 11, 2019  |  Layla Price-Bodkin

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.