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John (Jack) Leslie Hillis ’66 was born in Hollywood and graduated from McClatchy High School in Sacramento and SCU, the latter class of which has continued to be a very close group who truly love each other and never miss an excuse to get together. Jack was “the king of the one-liners” and always had a positive attitude and a joke to tell. He never turned down an invitation to a party or a sporting event. He was incredibly generous to his family, staff, and many charities. He served on the board of directors for both Silicon Valley Boys and Girls Clubs and Hearts and Mind Activity Center for Alzheimer’s patients while supporting many other good causes. Boys and Girls Clubs honored him with their Citizen of the Year Award. Jack was a very well respected financial advisor to his many clients for over 50 years. He never wanted to retire, and he didn’t have to. He was a lover of fine wines and accumulated a cellar of the best. A member of the Golf Club at Boulder Ridge, his game never got beyond “mediocre,” in his terms, but he enjoyed getting together with his many friends, especially on Fridays. A diehard sports fan, he enjoyed his season tickets to the 49ers, San Jose Sharks, and Oakland A’s, while never missing a Warriors game on TV. His wife of 39 years, Polly Hillis, was always cheering by his side. They had a practice of always kissing on a score. Jack passed away suddenly on May 29, 2019. He is mourned by his many friends from SCU, his colleagues from 50 years in the financial services industry, his golf buddies, wine friends, fellow sports fans, but most of all by his family. Jack is succeeded by his daughter, Dawn Lesley Hillis of Oakland, stepson Derrick Carleton Metzger (wife, Joyce) of El Dorado Hills, stepdaughter Jill Tolles (husband, Par) of Reno, Nevada, nephew Josh Freedman of San Carlos, as well as cousins, many other nieces and nephews, and granddaughters Riley and Mia Tolles and Samantha and Kyla Metzger.