Colonel (Ret.) Joe Bolton Hick, MD, of Columbia, S.C., died March 1, 2017, due to complications following routine surgery. He was 83.
He was born in Delta March 3, 1933, to Dr. and Mrs. Lawrence Hick. He attended Dartmouth College, Western State College, and received his doctor of medicine degree from the University of Colorado in 1962.
His career included more than 40 years of active and reserve service in the U.S. Army. After graduation from medical school and completion of a surgical residency, he joined his father in private practice as a third-generation physician to work in Delta County. He maintained his military service throughout by serving in the Colorado National Guard during this time.
On Dec. 31, 1975, he married Patricia Jordan. He returned to active duty in 1977 after serving as state surgeon for the National Guard. He was assigned statewide and on military bases throughout the world. He received numerous medals and awards.
He was a Fellow in the American Academy of Family Physicians and was a recipient of the Order of Military Medical Merit.
After retirement from the Army, he served as medical director of the Midlands Center of the Department of Disabilites and Special Needs in Columbia, S.C. He also served as medical director of National Little Britches Rodeo Association.
He was an active member of Spring Valley Rotary Club and Northeast Presbyterian Church. Through his church, he and his wife, Pat, went on short term medical missions in Nicaragua; he also donated his services to the Free Clinic and Juvenile Justice Center in Columbia, S.C.
He is survived by sons, John (Maggie) Hick of Littleton and Clif (Lisa) Hick of Fruita; daughters, Kim (Tom) Haas of Grand Junction and Lesli (Todd) Groshong, DVM of Boulder; eight grandchildren; brother, Jim Hick of Littleton; and sister, Marcia Spracklen of Kenniwick, Wash.
Memorial contributions may be made to Northeast Presbyterian Church, Columbia, S.C.
Services were held March 5 and 6 in Columbia, S.C.
Kornegay & Moseley Funeral Home handled the arrangements.
Two fatal accidents occurred in Delta County within a two-day span last week.
Casey Gillenwater, 25, of Delta was killed the afternoon of Wednesday, Sept. 13, in a single-vehicle rollover on Highway 133 outside of Hotchkiss.