Nathan LaMar Hill, 28, passed away on Wednesday, July 14, 2021. He was born on Memorial Day, May 31, 1993 in New York, New York, the son of LaMar Orbit and Lynette Castlemain Hill. He was a life-long member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day-Saints.
As a young boy, Nathan possessed a great love for many of God’s furry creatures. He cared for, bred, and studied the life patterns and peculiarities of hamsters, rats, and mice, to name just a few of the species. Later, as a young adult, Nathan became quite the herpetologist, fostering many exotic snakes, bearded dragons, and other pets. He also enjoyed arachnology and housed numerous types of tarantulas, scorpions, and even a millipede and centipede. He was impressive in his care and handling of these various living creatures.
He graduated from Sequoia High School in 2012 and was awarded a writing scholarship to the Maricopa Community Colleges. During this time, Nathan spent the better part of a year in Arivaca, Arizona, where he lived on a ranch and learned to train and tame horses. He lived the simple yet physically demanding lifestyle of a rancher. He gained insight about himself, developed a love for horses, and made life-long friendships.
At the age of 14, Nathan reached the level of 1st Degree Black Belt in Tae Kwon Do, having won several 1st Place trophies in Sparring Championships and Tournaments. In addition to his study of the Marshall Arts, Nathan loved to play the trumpet and participated in bands from his elementary years into high school. Nathan participated fully in the Boy Scouts of America Program, and achieved the rank of Eagle Scout.
Among the employment opportunities in hospitality Nathan received, the one that was most defining in his life was that of caregiver for his younger brother Jared, who has Autism and is non-verbal. Nathan was Jared’s greatest fan and advocate in the world. His thoughts were always on Jared and how he could positively impact his daily experience. Nathan would often give him t-shirts with special messages like “Keep Calm and let Jared Handle It” or “You’ll Never Walk Alone”. For Nathan’s last birthday, he asked that his friends on social media donate to the organization Autism Speaks. He wanted to do everything in his power to make a difference not only for Jared but all affected in some way by Autism.
Nathan had a big heart and cared deeply. He was a loyal and sincere friend. He was honest, true, and real—there was not a hypocritical bone in his body. He appreciated these qualities in others and would seek them out in the acquaintances with whom he associated. There is a hole in the hearts of the many who loved and cared about him. He is missed beyond what words can express.
Nate is survived by his parents, LaMar and Lynette Hill, of Gilbert, Arizona; two brothers, Jared Dean and Spencer David Hill both of Gilbert, Arizona, and many loving aunts, uncles, and cousins residing throughout the world. He was preceded in death by his paternal grandparents, Harvey Ray and Wynona C. Hill, of West Haven, Utah, maternal grandparents, Victor Dean and Afton K. Castlemain, of Ogden, Utah, a cousin, Jonathan Alma Hill, of Fruit Heights, Utah and an aunt, Nadine Castlemain Jellema, of Mountain Green, Utah.
Funeral services will be held on Friday, July 23, 2021 at 10 a.m. at Gilbert Memorial Park Funeral Home, 2100 E. Queen Creek Road, Gilbert, Arizona 85297. Friends may visit with family on Friday prior to the funeral services from 9 to 10 a.m. Interment, Gilbert Memorial Park, 2100 E. Queen Creek Road, Gilbert, Arizona 85297.
Condolences may be shared below.
Dear LaMar and Lynettte, We respectfully extend our condolences to you on the passing of your son. Although we did not know Nathan we love and respect you and ask the Lord Jesus Christ to comfort you as you pass through this trial.
My condolences Lynette and LaMar. Such a beautiful and loving life and eulogy. I loved learning the story behind Jared’s shirts. Nathan I loved learning about your love of animals and creatures! What a big heart! May you continue share your love to your family both earth side and heaven side. P.S. I tracked down your birthday post Nathan and you’ll be happy to know sent in a donation in your honor. 💙 🧩
Dear Lynette and family my heart is heavy as I read of your loss. How hard to lose a child. He was truly amazing. So wonderful how he took such good care and spent time helping his brother. Such a kind loving son. One day you shall all be together again. Sending my love ans prayers. ♥️🙏🏻♥️
Dear LaMar and Lynette, we are so very sorry to hear of Nathan’s passing. Though we didn’t have a chance to know him, he was very special and our hearts are so sad for you and your family. We love you and are praying you will be able to find peace at this very difficult time. 🙏🙏❤️❤️
Lynette and Lamar,
We are so sorry to learn of Nathan’s passing. We only knew him as a bright little boy when you lived in NYC but we remember the joy he brought into your lives. From reading the beautifully written obituary, he continued to be a very bright light in your lives. Sending you much love during this difficult time.
Jamie and Mark Peterson
My heart is so broken about your loss. I was just recently talking to a friend about Nathan. I was telling him about the Hill family and how much they meant to our family. I don’t even know what to say but I do know how you feel. Please let me help if I can. I love you LaMar and Lynette and I will have you in my heart and prayers.
Hi lamar lynette are thoughts and prayers are with you and your family we want you guys to know how much we love you lynette give lamar a hug from me ann
LaMar and Lynette we are heartbroken for the loss of your beautiful son. Scott and I send our most heartfelt condolences at this time. We are praying for your family that you may feel the Lords arms round about you and that your joy in Nathan’s life and the memories you have with will never be diminished.
Hi lamar lynette are thoughts and prayers are with you guys and your family just now we will be thinking about you we love you ann
I just wanted to tell you how surprised and saddened I was to hear of the passing of your son, Nathan.
Thanks for sharing his life for those who did not have the pleasure of knowing him personally. My sympathy to your family and know that I am thinking of you all at this sorrowful time.
Our hearts and prayers and hugs are completely with you. We love you all and hope you feel that right now especially when you are hurting. We are so so sorry.
We were so heartbroken to learn of Nathan’s passing. Jenna had many conversations with him at 7 11 when she was buying her (almost daily) big gulp. I loved learning about his passion for animals and his love for his brother. We will keep praying for your family. We love you.
Lynette my heart breaks 💔 for you! What a beautiful tribute to Nathan! May you find strength to get through this traumatic time! Love you always and forever my dear friend!
We love Nathan; His quiet dignity, love of others, sincerity, and life without guile. Our hearts and prayers are with you. We are forever grateful for you. Love, Jeremy & Jill
Lynette, I’m praying for you and your family to feel the love and friendship surrounding you at this very difficult time. God bless you and give you comfort. Much love, Leigh
Lynette and LaMar, we are so sorry to hear about your son, Nathan, passing. You have been in our thoughts and prayers. We love you and will continue to pray for you during this difficult time.
LaMar, Lynette, Jared and Spencer –
Our thoughts are with you and our prayers go up to heaven for you. May you have the peace and comfort of our Lord, Jesus Christ to sustain you as you grieve the loss of Nathan for this time. May you rest in the assurance that he will be yours again and that he is in a safe and loving place in heaven.
We are so very sorry to hear of your loss, I hope that the knowledge that you will be together as a family forever brings you some peace.
Lamar , Lynette, Jared and Spencer,
We were so sorry to hear about Nathan ! Our thoughts and prayers are with you all ! May all of your memories of him help you though this very difficult time . Our deepest sympathy Mark , Shannon , Stephanie and Tyler