Dorwin (D.D.) Hill died Monday, May 23, 2022 at Majestic Park Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in San Antonio at the age of 98.
Born in Pharr Aug. 20, 1923 to Joe and Hazel Hill, Dorwin resided in Edinburg until enlisting in the U.S. Navy in July 1940. He served in navy aboard the destroyer USS Dewey from July 1940 until July 1946.
He was aboard the Dewey during the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor on Dec. 7, 1941.
He was awarded the Navy/Marine medal for heroism in recognition of his efforts and leadership to help save the Dewey and her crew during Typhoon Cobra in Dec. 1944. D.D. and his crew flooded the Dewey's bilge with sea water to increase ballast and removed upper deck stacks to decrease windage to keep the Dewey
from capsizing in high winds and seas.
The Dewey and her crew survived Typhoon Cobra which claimed three other destroyers and 775 crew.
Following his navy service, D.D. attended and graduated from Texas A&M University. He married Mary Lou Bloodworth Dec. 24, 1950, and they enjoyed 63 years as husband and wife until Mary Lou's passing in 2013.
He taught vocational agriculture for 35 years, beginning at Crescent High School and post district consolidation at El Campo High School.
D.D. served as a volunteer with the Special Friends Mentorship program for at risk students, The Boys and Girls Club and Boy Scouts of America. He was a lifetime member of the El Campo Masonic Lodge and Future Farmers of America, and a member of First United Methodist Church.
D.D. was the last surviving member of his chapter of the Pearl
Harbor Survivors Association. He was honored as El Campo's Citizen of the Year by the El Campo Chamber of Commerce and Agriculture in 2007.
He is survived by his son William B. Hill of Cookville; daughters Elizabeth Anderson of Lutz, FL. and Nora Charlene Clarke of Bastrop, Betty Marie Tinsley of Victoria and Lori Ann Williams of Camp Wood;, 13 grandchildren
and 16 great grandchildren.
D.D. was preceded in death by his wife Mary Lou, his sister Charlene Phillips, his brother, William, and his daughter Marilyn.
Funeral services will be May 31, 2022 at 11:00 a.m. at First United Methodist Church with the Rev. Richard Young officiating.
Interment will be at Garden of Memories Cemetery. Memorial donations may be made to First United Methodist Church, 1001 Ave I, El Campo, Tx 77437.