Donald E Hilton
December 31, 1932 - July 28, 2017
Memorial Services for Don E. Hilton, 84, a Hereford resident will be held at 11:00 a.m. Saturday, August 5, 2017 at The Hereford Church of the Nazarene with Pastor Ted Taylor, officiating. Cremation was entrusted to Parkside Chapel Funeral Home. Mr. Hilton passed away Friday, July 28, 2017 in Hereford.
Donald E. Hilton was born December 31, 1932 in Plymouth, Wisconsin to Vernon E. and Mary Alice Soper Hilton. Don received his BA in Education from Indiana Central College and his master’s degree from Boulder University. He served in the army for two years in Germany after WWII. After his discharge in 1956, he and Mary Huston were married. Both being teachers, they moved to Denver and taught in the public schools for seven years. Feeling the call of God into missions, they left their home and moved to Kenya, Africa where Don taught math and science, and they both shared the love of Christ in the community for two years. Returning to the states, they moved to Espanola, New Mexico where Don taught math and science at McCurdy Mission Methodist School for 23 years. Here they raised their three sons. Hearing the call of God again, they sold everything and moved to Dallas to attend Christ for the Nations Institute for 5 semesters of training. After finishing, an open door presented itself for ministry in the former Soviet Union not long after the “wall” came down. They both taught English and bible classes in the public schools of Moscow for one year, and then in a small town in Estonia for four more years. Then in 1996, they moved to Hereford, Texas where Don finished his career teaching many more years at Nazarene Christian Academy. Even after retirement, he and Mary remained active in their church and community. Multitudes of people have been touched by his life, and now, standing before the King of Kings, he will hear those famous words; “Well done, Good and faithful servant.”
Mourning his passing are his wife of the home; 3 sons, David Hilton and wife Lisa of Amarillo, Mark Hilton of Hereford, and Daniel Hilton of Grand Prairie; seven grandchildren, Rebecca Ramos and husband John, Kent Hilton and wife Rebecca, Benjamin Hilton, Steven Hilton, Samuel Hilton and wife Jordan, Amy Hilton, and Alyssa Hilton; and two great-granddaughters, Hope and Elizabeth.
Preceding in death are his parents; and 2 brothers.
The family suggests memorials to be made to The Church of the Nazarene Mission, 1410 La Plata St. Hereford, TX 79045.