July 26, 1941 — Aug. 28, 2018

Marty graduated from Kelso High School in 1959 and entered the Army in 1963. He served as a medic stationed at Fort McClelland, Ala., until his honorable discharge in 1965.

Before and after his military service Marty was a fixture in Kelso Babe Ruth, managing teams off-and-on from 1962 to 1981, winning two league championships and only having one losing season. After this he moved on to coach and manage the Kelso American Legion team from 1982 to 1985.

During his years as president of Kelso Babe Ruth he spearheaded many field improvements which lead to the Babe Ruth field at Tam-O-Shanter Park being named in his honor. Another of his many contributions to Kelso Youth sports was his sponsorship and uniform printing for many teams as owner of 4-Seasons Sports.

He loved Kelso and the Hilanders. He was well-known for saying, “You cut my arms, one of them will bleed blue and the other gold.”

Marty is survived by his wife, Pamela Hill; his younger brother, Ben Hill (Verle) of Kelso; two sons, Ed Hill of Longview and Bob Hill of Vancouver; four grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents, F.E. “Blackie” and Edna Hill; and three older brothers, Wayne W. Hill, Eugene A. Hill, and Harlan F. Hill.

A memorial service is planned for 11 a.m. Sept. 15 at Valley Christian Fellowship, 2911 Pacific Way, in Longview. Marty requested, in lieu of flowers, donations be made to Kelso Babe Ruth League, 1401 Burcham St., Kelso, WA 98626.

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