Posted on: August 26, 2022
Harold Donald “Don” Hill, MD, passed away at home with his family on Easter Sunday, April 17, 2022, in Bradenton, Florida.
Don lived a full life of 95 years and was active and energetic right up to his last few months. Don was born in Booneville, Missouri. He served with the Merchants Marines in WW II and traveled the world and developed a love for travel, architecture and new experiences and cultures. He attended the University of Missouri Medical School and finished his medical education at University of Virginia in 1954 and enrolled in the Public Health Service. He traveled to Florida to work for the Public Health Service and attended to public health clinics throughout Florida where he met his future wife, Emma Jane Hill. The two famously met in a venereal disease clinic in South Florida and fell in love and were married for 59 years. Don went on to practice Family Medicine in Ft. Lauderdale for over 30 years and take care of multiple generations of family members. He and Jane raised 4 children. He and Jane were avid antique and art collectors, and they fearlessly traveled the world and visited over 50 countries and every continent including Antarctica.
Don and Jane moved to Bradenton in 2007 after Don retired from practicing medicine and lived in Freedom Village as one of the “villains”. He was preceded in death by his wife Jane; and his son, H. Donald Hill II. He is survived by his daughter, Linda Tyler of Gainesville, FL; and Mark Hill of Charlotte NC and Austin Hill of Bradenton, FL.
Don was loved for his manner as a gentleman, for his thoughtful actions and his devotion to his family and friends. Those that knew Don remarked that he was “one of the good guys” and “he was always kind.” His passing has left a large empty place in the world, but he remains a large inspiration in our hearts.