Lynn Mathers Hilton

November 3, 1924 – August 12, 2020 (age 95)

On Wednesday, August 12, 2020, Lynn Mathers Hilton, loving husband and father of 5 children, 14 grandchildren, and 32 great-grandchildren, passed away at the age of 95 of natural causes.

Lynn was born November 3, 1924 in Thatcher, Arizona, to Eugene and Naomi (Savage) Hilton. Lynn’s family then moved to Oakland, California, for many years.

During World War II, he served his country honorably as a B-24 bomber pilot. After the war, Lynn served his first mission in the New England States Mission.

Lynn married Hope Avarell in the Salt Lake Temple on December 17, 1948. He received his Ph.D. from the U of Chicago at age 27. He was Assistant Dean of Adult Education at BYU for 11 years. Lynn began his work by sending thousands of students to foreign nations. Part of his work led to the development of the BYU Jerusalem Center.

In 1976, Lynn was commissioned by the Church to search out and find the Book of Mormon prophet Lehi’s trail in Arabia. The focus of his life was his love of the gospel of Jesus Christ, sharing firesides, and doing missionary work. He was a well-read author, public speaker, and member of the Utah House of Representatives.

He loved the Lord Jesus Christ and served faithfully in the Church in many callings his entire life. After his first wife’s death, he married Nancy Goldberg in the Salt Lake Temple on May 26, 2001. Together they faithfully served more than 5 full-time missions.

He is survived by his loving wife Nancy, his sister Patricia (Shumway), and his 4 living children; Cynthia (Bowman), Polly (Richardson), Sheree (Benson), and Ralph Hilton. Preceded in death by his first wife Hope and his son Spencer.

Arrangements for the viewing are being done by Gillies Funeral Home, 634 East 200 South, Brigham City, Utah. A public viewing will be held Thursday, August 20, 2020 from 6:00 – 8:00pm. There will be a private family service on Friday, August 21, 2020 at 11:00am.

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All friends and family are invited for a Military Honor guard graveside service at the Salt Lake City Cemetery, Plat C, Block 8, Lot 5 on Thursday, August 20, 2020 at 1:30pm.

In lieu of flowers, please send a donation to The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints Humanitarian Aid, BYU Pathway Program, or any charity of your choice.

Condolences and memories may be shared with the family at Gillies Funeral Chapel.

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