Hill Dies From Injuries


Ray Hill, 45, a longtime Rim country resident and businessman, died early Friday morning.

Hill, owner of Hill and Sons Construction, died from injuries suffered in an accident on Four Peaks Road early Monday morning, June 16.


Ray Hill

He suffered severe head trauma when his truck went off a 60-foot cliff. He was transported by air to Scottsdale Healthcare Hospital. He was in a coma and on a respirator.

"We took him off the respirator at 5 last night (Thursday)," said Crystal Hill, 20, one of Hill's four children. "There was a lot of brain damage. The doctors sedated him and he peacefully passed away around 12:30 in the morning."

She said graveside services will be held at Payson Pioneer Cemetery, with Messinger Payson Funeral Home handling the arrangements. The date and time of services were pending as of Friday morning.

Hill was the son of the late Cora and Bob Hill of Payson. He is survived by his four children: Crystal of Chandler, Lavell of Phoenix, and Skeeter and Ranger, both of Globe; the mothers of his children, Jackie Hill of Phoenix and April Ruiz of Globe. Also surviving are his brother, Bob Hill of Payson and sister, Nancy Burdsall of Casa Grande, as well as numerous nieces and nephews.

A spokesperson with the Maricopa County Sheriff's Office, who has been investigating the accident, said Hill's death essentially closes the case.

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