Ryan Hill

Ryan Hill

Of the Keizertimes

Several names were suggested Tuesday, but one clearly stood out.

Members of the Keizer Parks and Recreation Advisory Board held a public hearing for the naming of the small park at Keizer Station.

One suggestion was to honor Marie Dorian, an early area settler who helped many immigrants coming to the Willamette Valley before dying in 1850. There was also a suggestion to honor Jerry and Lisa Walker, who moved the Volcanoes to Keizer in 1997.

But unanimous support was given to the idea of naming the park after Pfc. Ryan Hill, a Keizer native and McNary High School graduate killed in the line of duty while serving in Iraq. The U.S. Army soldier was 20 when he lost his life in January 2007.

Hill’s mother, Shawna Hill Fenison, tearfully spoke to the Parks Board about the suggestion.

“He is the only person from Keizer killed in action,” Shawna said. “The city did an amazing job honoring him. Naming the park after him would be an amazing memorial to him and his service.

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