Michael Denis Hill: July 18, 1946 – May 8, 2019

Hill

Hill

Michael Denis Hill, age 72, of Coupeville, Wash., died on Wednesday, May 8, 2019, after a more than year-long battle with brain cancer.

He was born July 18, 1946 in Springfield, Mo., to Lt. Col. Kenneth Rolfe Hill and Mildred Louise (Pering) Hill.

As an Army dependent, he lived in Korea, Turkey and France, as well as Virginia, California, Washington state and Oregon.

His lifelong passion for photography began with a Brownie Hawkeye camera in Istanbul in 1957. In his teen years, he attended Poitiers American High School in Poitiers, France, and the Lycee de Grande Aire, LaBaule, France. He played bass in several rock bands in France and Virginia. He was graduated from Robert E. Lee High School, Springfield, Va., and attended American University, Washington, D.C., and Franklin College, Franklin, Ind.

He is survived by a brother, Roger Hill and his wife, Paula Hill; a half-sister, Jeanne Fredericks; sister-in-law, Gretchen Hill, widow of his older brother, the late Kenneth Hill; numerous cousins, nieces, great-nieces and great-nephews; and his partner of nine years, Karen Rothboeck.

In his varied career, he worked for several trade and consumer magazines, including “Stock Car Racing,” as a publisher, editor, writer and photographer; he also managed regional health surveys for the Department of Health & Human Services, and produced panoramic training videos at the Naval Air Station Whidbey Island.

In 2001, he earned the Qualified Panoramic Photographer designation from the International Association of Panoramic Photographers. He enjoyed both art and real estate photography, and for many years was a member of Penn Cove Art Gallery, in Coupeville, Wash. Much of what he shot for pleasure was landscape and nature scenes and one of his goals was, as he put it, evoking “the experience of a particular nexus of site, light and weather.” He was persistent in finding beautiful and unique photographic compositions and returning to them until the light and conditions were, to his discerning eye, perfect. He contributed photos to several books and publications and to local tourism agencies. He was generous with donations of his art for charitable causes. His most recent book was “Over Ebey’s,” an aerial overview of central Whidbey, published in 2016.

There will be a celebration of his life 2-4 p.m. Sunday, May 19 at the Nordic Lodge, 63 Jacobs Road, Coupeville. Family and friends are encouraged to share memories and condolences at www.whidbeymemorial.com

Fine art photography is the expression of the artist’s emotions and not a straightforward representation of the world as it is.

(Alain Briot)

More in Obituaries

William “Bill” Stebbins: December 10, 1936 – July 19, 2021

Bill’s life began in New York City where he lived with his… Continue reading

Bricker
J.A. (Jim) Bricker

J.A. (Jim) Bricker died peacefully at his Tacoma home overlooking Commencement Bay… Continue reading

Vance
Betty June Vance: June 24, 1933-Oct. 5, 2021

Betty June Vance, a lifetime resident of Oak Harbor, passed away at… Continue reading

Anderson
Jacob Thomas Anderson: September 7, 1979-September 26, 2021

Jacob Thomas Anderson, 42, passed away too soon on September 26, 2021.… Continue reading

Stephenson
Elaine Joan Stephenson

Elaine Joan Stephenson, age 80, passed away on Sunday, September 12, 2021,… Continue reading

Peretti
Roland Lee Peretti: March 10, 1932-September 15, 2021

Roland Lee Peretti, 89, passed away peacefully on September 15, 2021 at… Continue reading

Valentine
Olsen
Commander Jerome J (JJ) Olsen, Retired: June 22, 1931 –September 9, 2021

Jerome “JJ” Olsen passed away at the age 90 on 9-9-2021 with… Continue reading

Chernikoff
Barbara Chernikoff: February 27, 1937-September 3, 2021

Barbara Chernikoff, age 84, passed away peacefully on September 3, 2021, surrounded… Continue reading

Most Read