Jim Hill, a longtime Westchester resident and Westchester Rotary Club member who served with several other organizations in the community, has died. He was 67.

Hill passed away October 9th at the Santa Monica-UCLA Medical Center due to complications from surgery, friends said.

Hill is remembered by Westchester Rotary Club members as a dedicated Rotarian and an active community member who led by example.

“He was a true Westchester resident,” Westchester Rotary Club president Mason Shayan said. “He cared about his neighborhood and neighbors.”

Hill was an active member of the Westchester High School Booster Club and served on the boards of several other local organizations, including the Community Police Advisory Board and the Westchester Family YMCA.

He joined the Westchester Rotary Club in 1996, serving a number of times on its board as an officer and director.

“Jim was a true Rotarian,” Shayan said. “He was a symbol of service above self.”

As an active community member, Hill was one of the founders of the Chase Avenue annual block party, as well as the founder of the Melinda Mitchell Memorial Fund, friends said. He held an annual poker tournament to raise funds to help improve education in the community.

“Jim Hill will be missed greatly in our community and I hope that we will be able to follow his ways and tradition of giving time, money and talent to make our Westchester a better place as he wanted it,” Shayan said.

The Rotary Club plans to establish a scholarship fund in Hill’s name, Shayan said.

Hill is survived by his wife Jean; daughters Allison, Amanda and Andrea; and granddaughter Haley.

Memorial services for Hill are scheduled at 1:30 p.m. Saturday, October 18th, at the Westchester Lutheran Church, 7831 Sepulveda Blvd., Westchester. A reception will follow the services.

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