Steve Hill
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Steve Hill, one of the most recognizable sports voices in El Paso over the past 40 years, passed away early Tuesday morning. Hill was 62.

Hill, who was a football player and track athlete at El Paso High School, worked early in his career as a sports reporter for KDBC. He was known for his longtime work as the anchor voice on the KROD radio football roundup show.

Hill was also active with UTEP athletics, working on the statistics crew and serving as the internal

public address announcer at Miner football games. He also was a television broadcaster for UTEP basketball games during the 1970s.

"Steve got out of his wheelchair (Monday) morning at 7:30 and collapsed into my arms. He had a massive heart attack. The doctors said they didn't think he would make it and he died at 3:30 (Tuesday) morning," his brother Charles Hill said. "Steve loved his high school football and loved UTEP sports."

More than anything, in his later years, Hill was considered the area's pre-eminent historian on El Paso high school football, working closely with area coaches. Two of the longest-tenured and two of the winningest, Don Brooks and Allan Sepkowitz, remember him fondly.

"Steve was one of the most interesting people I've ever met," said Brooks, who recently retired from Coronado. "He was as dedicated to sports as anyone I've ever known. He had all those statistics. It was amazing. He did a better job keeping up with that than not only anyone in El Paso, but anyone in the state. Besides all that, Steve was one of the nicest guys you would ever meet."

Sepkowitz, who recently retired from Andress, said, "Steve was a great man. He supported high school football so well. He will probably never be replaced. He had all those statistics. He was surely a wonderful person and I know he will truly be missed."

Hill was good friends with late Hall of Fame basketball coach Don Haskins and two years ago was given a plaque and honored for his work with UTEP basketball by current coach Tim Floyd.

"Steve was a good person, a loving brother and he would do anything in the world for you," Charles Hill added.

Visitation will be from 6-9 p.m. Friday 9/21/12 at Sunset Funeral Homes-West on 480 Resler. Hill will be cremated and there will be no funeral services.