Honoring Former Board Member Jim Hill


Lane Electric Cooperative is saddened to share that Jim Hill, who served on the board of directors from 1974-2013, passed away on Saturday at the age of 96.

Jim Hill, Lane Electric board member from 1974-2013

Debi Wilson, General Manager of Lane Electric, said, “It is with a heavy heart that I announce the passing of former board member, Jim Hill. As one of Lane Electric’s veteran directors, Jim shared his experience, wisdom, and loyalty to Lane Electric and its members. He gave 39 years of dedicated service to Lane Electric, making our employees and members his utmost priority.”

During his time as a director, Jim served in every official leadership capacity. His colleagues appointed him as Treasurer, Secretary, Vice President, and President. Because of his experience and wisdom, Jim was truly considered the board’s “Elder Statesman.”

Jim was one of the first directors to complete the comprehensive education necessary to earn special credentials from the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association, acknowledging his exceptional qualifications as an electric utility director. He never stopped learning and kept himself informed on electric industry issues. In 2013, Jim received the Life Membership award from NWPPA.

The act of serving was nothing new for Jim. Not only a veteran in the board room, but Jim was also a WWII veteran and proudly served in the United States Navy from 1943-1946. He was a life-long resident of Oakridge, where he and his wife Dorothy raised their three children. Beyond his service to Lane Electric and the United States, Jim was committed to his community – devoting his civic service to youth and senior citizen programs.

Due to COVID-19, there is not a planned service. To honor Jim’s legacy, his family suggests making a charitable donation in his name to any charity of choice