Douglas Gilmer Hilton, age 59, died unexpectedly on May 22, 2021 in Salt Lake City, Utah. Douglas was born July 3, 1961 in Salt lake City, Utah to parents Gilmer Smith Hilton and Sarah Pearl Eccles. While growing up in Salt Lake City, Doug attended and graduated from South High School and then went on to obtain a Bachelors degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Utah in 1985. While working as a DJ at Classic Skating, Doug met his sweetheart and future wife Teri Leigh Hatch on Friday July 13, 1979 and they were later married on June 18, 1981.
After marrying Teri, Doug went on to father five children, buy a home and start his own business selling commercial and industrial HVAC equipment. Later in life Doug bought 20 acres of recreational property, where he spent his free time developing and improving it as a future family gathering place and camping ground. Doug could often be spotted improving his property, through his use of rented skid-steers, tractors, post hole diggers, backhoes, chippers and trucks. Doug may have worked hard on his property, but he also had a big appetite and he would often stop by Mexican food restaurants for enchiladas and a coke or local mom and pop restaurants for a burger and a milkshake.
Douglas had many joys in his life, some included his love of classic Mopar muscle cars, which ranged from his favorite 1968 Dodge Coronet R/T, his drag car a 1968 Plymouth Barracuda and 1972 Jeep J-4000 pickup truck. Doug was also a connoisseur of music, he could name almost any song that played on the local stations and loved listening to live music, ranging from classic country, oldies, swing, rockabilly and classic rock. Douglas was quite the conversationalist, he was a friend to all and a instant friend to those that had just met him. Disneyland and California was Doug's vacation destination of choice and he could be found visiting both at least once a year.
If looking for good deal Doug was your man, he prided himself on getting the bests deals on everything he needed and many things he didn't need, so if you needed something just ask and he probably had it on hand and would give it to you free of charge. Douglas was a saint, who would give anyone the shirt off his back if they were in need and would also help them in anyway he could.
Doug is survived by his wife Teri, five children, Bryan (spouse: Jamie), Jonathan, Daniel, Brandon and Jennifer, sister Beverly Beckstead (spouse: Willis deceased), brother Steve Henningson (spouse: Ramona), and his five grandchildren, Alek, Henry, Gavin, Claire and Mavis. Doug was preceded in death by his parents Gilmer and Pearl Hilton.
Funeral Services will be held, Saturday, June 5, 2021 at 11:00 am at the Canyon Rim LDS Stake Center, 3051 South 2900 East, Salt Lake City, UT 84109. Friends and family may visit from 9:30 am to 10:30 am prior to services at the stake center. Doug will be interred at Elysian Burial Gardens, 1075 E 4580 S, Millcreek, UT 84117 following the funeral services. *Also if anyone has pictures, memories, stories or kind thoughts that they would like to share about Doug, these will be gladly collected in a box during the viewing, thank you. *