A letter to Dad- Emmitt Lee Hill Sr. (1940-2012)

Dad

You are the reason I am Rebekah. You helped shape and molded me to the strong and independent women that I am today. You lead by example, how to care for others no matter what. You truly are the only man I know that would give the shirt off your back to a complete stranger and say “we will settle up later” and never see that come to fruition, but you didn’t care because that’s just the way you were.

You taught me so many things, like how to drive a manual transmission. You would have me drive you home, even when I was wasn’t old enough to have my permit, again you didn’t care, it was about the life lessons. You would always say “if you can drive this, you can drive anything”. I learned how to drive by driving your customers cars in and out of the shop, I don’t think they new that but oh well, I never hit anything. You taught me how to be a “grease monkey” and I have to say it paid off, I attracted my most amazing husband because of it!!! I am so grateful that Tim got to be a part of your life. You had so much trust in him.

You thought me how to love this land and my surroundings, and to never take it for granted. You taught me that fishing wasn’t called “catching fish”, because so many times we would go to the lake and catch nothing but that didn’t matter because I was with my HERO. You taught me how to shoot a gun and were always so impressed with the how I acted in the woods, weather I really did well or not I’m still not sure. You taught me how to ride an ATV/snow machine, and to work on them. I think we spent more time working on them then we did riding. You taught me how to find treasure in the smallest of things. You were always finding a new adventure for us.
You taught me how to work hard, and to be thankful for what I have. Life wasn’t about riches and gold, although you loved to look for gold.

You had the most amazing ability to tell stories, up until recently I really didn’t think most of them were true, until I saw a pic of the seal pup you had., I mean who really has a wild seal pup as a pet. But as it turns out that story was true. Sorry I ever doubted you. I wanted to become a diver because of all the amazing stories you told. I remember the first time I had the chance to dive, I couldn’t wait to tell you about it. You were so proud. You put that sense of adventure in my blood, and I cant wait to accomplish even a third of the things you were able to in your life. You did more things in your life than most people can dream of.

What saddens me the most is that my beautiful boys didn’t get the privilege to meet the amazing man that you were. I pray I will be able to teach them and shape them into to men you would be proud of. You are always in my thoughts and will truly be missed.
I love you Dad!!
Oh and Shirley, take care of him for me cause I know your next to him.
Love,
Your Indian Princess

Emmitt Lee Hill Sr. past away on November 17, 2012 in Dixon MT. An obituary and service details will be coming soon.

14 Comments

  1. Rebekah, Emmitt was a class man. He was an original. He was the kind of guy you expected to be an Alaskan. Alaska, Seward, his family and friends have lost a GOOD man. I expect if God has anything broken…. Emmitt will be fixing it. I am sorry for your personal loss. God Bless.

  2. Rebekah, you letter touched me so much. I am so sad to hear of his passing but knowing Emmitt only a smidgen of what you did I would say that he wouldn’t want us to be sad. As you have so eloquently described him in your letter, he would want us to remember him with the same smiles he offered to so many of us over the years. I will forever remember his kindness in changing out wind shield wipers, oil, tires or showing me how something worked on my truck a million times and never losing patience with the ‘blonde from outside’. Duke was always there to welcome me too. The two sort of went together. He blessed me with the privilege of treating him many times over the years. In that he offered much more to me in those life lessons you mentioned in your letter that I ever to him. He will be missed and always fondly remembered. All my love, prayers and thoughts to you and your family.

  3. My best memory of Emmitt remains while visiting a Seward friend in Sacramento years ago. We drove out into the countryside, and suddenly there’s Emmitt looking handsome, tan and fit swimming in the irrigation ditches which as I recall were afloat with dead fish. Emmitt was a fine fine man.

  4. Cindy and Jerry says:

    Emmitt you will be truly missed…We enjoyed you so much and wish we would have had more time to visit with you…Since we came to Hawaii and you and Carol moved to Montana we just didnt make the time and how I wish we would have. I should have made time to go to Yours and Carols wedding in Oct 2010, but there again we never seemed to meet up. I know Carol and your children had a wonderful man in their lives and they will miss you always..I am very honored to know you were my brother-in-law..We will Love and Miss you..

  5. I extend my sincerest condolences to his wife Carol and all his children. That was a sweet letter to your dad,Rebekah. I was lucky to reconnect with Emmitt when he moved to Montana as I have known him since 1974. I had the priviledge of standing up for Emmitt and Carol when they were married. I have never seen a man so happy as Emmitt was on the day he married her. Carol stood by his side through health and sickness. She took excellant care of him. I know he will be waiting for her on the other side.

  6. God Bless you Emmitt! We will love and miss you always! Thank you for enriching all our lives!

  7. Mrs. Emmitt L Hill Sr. says:

    My Beloved Husband…This note is extra special because it contains all the love and tears that only we have shared together all these years. This is to remind you how unique and special our love is. To tell you that you could never,ever even be replaced in my life. It is to let you know how much I appreciated you. It is to thank you for every time you have shared a worry or fear, everytime you have listened and been the only one who understood. For everytime you were there when I had no where else to turn. It is to assure you that our courtship and marriage was one of the most important aspects of our life and that you were not only my SWEETEART but my best friend… I extend my sincerest condolences to Rebekah and Diana Kaye for the loss of their beloved father. They had such a wonderful time when they visited with him in Montana at our home.

  8. Eric Landenburger says:

    A beautiful and moving tribute to your Dad, Rebekah!

  9. Carol Griswold says:

    One of the best things about needing work on my car was the great stories Emmitt shared. He had an endless supply! It was fun to learn more about Seward as he had so many interesting adventures here. I always wished he would write them down.

    And Duke, of course, was always there, ready to play. It was a pleasure to linger at the counter until it was the next customer’s turn for personalized service.

    My condolences to the family.

  10. Donna Talamantes says:

    What a great letter in remembrance of a great man. I feel very blessed to have known Emmitt. My condolences to the family.

  11. I always liked Emmitt.

  12. Nice job Rebekah, your dad would be proud.

  13. Was sorry to hear about Emmitt’s death. When my mother Wilma Lind was alive I was always glad to know Emmitt would be there when she had car troubles since I lived far away.
    More people like him and the world would be a much better place.

    Loved your letter,
    Ron Lind

  14. Goodbye and good luck. I’m glad I got to know ya.