Ryan Dexter “Dex” Hilliard, 38, husband, son, brother, and dear friend to many people, passed peacefully on August 5, 2018 at St. Luke’s Meridian, Idaho, after his two-year battle with kidney cancer. He was surrounded by his family and best friends.
Ryan was born August 24, 1979 in Upland, CA, but he was a Treasure Valley boy through and through. AAU and Boise High basketball were among his proudest moments growing up. After graduating from the University of Arizona, he enjoyed his career as a photojournalist at FOX 12 and KTVB. He won many awards that he was proud of and was well respected by his peers. His passion for life culminated in a love for golfing, basketball (Lakers), football (Raiders), long boarding, fly-fishing and hanging out at the cabin in Island Park, and his relationships with everyone he knew. Dex touched the lives of everyone he came into contact with and always had a smile on his face or a kind word to say. He impacted many people that have remained lifelong brothers and friends.
He is survived by his wife, Jakie; parents, Steve and Barb; brother, Jared; cat, Stanley; and many beloved family members and friends. His spirit and enthusiasm for life will be greatly missed.
Services will be held at the Cloverdale Funeral Home on Sunday, August 12, 2018. The viewing will be at 3:00 p.m. with the service to follow at 4:00 p.m. A celebration of life will follow at Kleiner Park shelter B1. Donations can be made in Dex’s name to St. Luke’s Mountain States Tumor Institute.