Payson's Man Of The Year


As 13-year-old Boy Scout Issac Cluff works toward earning his Eagle rank, he knows who's ready to lend him a hand.

"Our scoutmaster, Dan Hill, is a great guy and he really helps all of us in his troop," he said. "He also likes to have fun and is really nice to his scouts."


Dan Hill, pictured with Jeremy Davies, took his scouts to Linden the summer of 2002 to help with the cleanup effort following the Rodeo-Chediski Fire.

Since taking over as scoutmaster of Payson Troop 454, Hill has helped more than 10 boys earn their Eagle rank -- the highest that can be attained in scouting. Having 10 Eagles in a single troop is considered a remarkable achievement in scouting.

In nominating Hill for Payson's Man of the Year, Debbie Brown said "He has taught these boys by example to be all that the scout law stands for -- being trustworthy, loyal and helpful."

In addition to serving as scoutmaster, Hill is the district activities committee chairman for the Boys Scouts of America, Zane Gray District. That job carries great responsibilities in that he must schedule and plan camporees and jamborees for all the troops in the Zane Gray District.

Last year, he pulled off an activities event that will be tough to match in any scout troop -- an organized trip to Alaska.

Some might think twice about chaperoning a group of teen-age boys on such a lengthy jaunt, but Hill jumped at the chance.

"It was almost a three-week trip," Cluff said. "All of us had a great time doing the stuff we did and seeing things that we will never see in Arizona."

The natural splendors of the state were enjoyed, as the scoutmaster took the teens hiking, camping, ocean salmon fishing and on a ferry ride. The troop also toured several Alaskan towns, including Skagway and Juneau.

According to scouts in the troop, the Alaska adventure had a tremendous impact on their lives.

"Scouting and doing things like that is his calling," said Dan's brother-in-law, Will Wearne.

His other civic contributions include serving as president-elect of the Payson noontime Rotary Club and chairman of the Payson High School Rotary Interact club.

"He also volunteers his time to other school activities such as Champs career building programs and sports concessions," Brown said.

Hill is the owner of Legacy Home Furnishings where he is considered "a kind and trusting employer," according to Brown.

In addition to his civic and business contributions, Hill is an active member of the Ponderosa Ward of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

According to Payson Roundup sales representative Rowena Marrs, when Hill is at home, he is the designated cook for his wife, Rose, and seven children.

When Hill has a few spare hours, which is not often, he enjoys nothing better than a paint ball game with a group of youngsters.

"He plays the game with my son (Troy) and a group of other teen-agers," Marrs said.

His other pastimes include skiing and just about any other outdoor activity.

Before moving to Payson, Hill operated furniture stores in Mesa and Alaska.

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