Allen “Hook” Hill 1921-2016


We were sad to learn of the death of New Mexico’s Allen “Hook” Hill, age 95, on November 23, 2016.

“Hook” Hill, along with his wife June, was a force behind the the Bootheel Cowboy Poetry Fiesta, an annual fundraiser for the Hidalgo County Museum.

In a gathering report from 2008, Steve Conroy of the Cochise Cowboy Poetry & Music Gathering wrote, “‘Hook’ Hill has been a writer and storyteller for over 50 years and has recited cowboy poetry since 1992. Hook has a unique style for both his poetry and his presentations (as some of them are rather elaborate stories that defy description). He enjoys telling his stories and poems as much as each new audience is eager to hear them. I am always amazed by his abilities to draw me into his poem or story and even those I have heard before, it’s like they are brand new. He is the entertainers’ entertainer.”

Steve shared this photo in a 2014 report at

An announcement on the All About Lordsburg Facebook group, originally from “Hook” Hill’s granddaughter, tells that services will be held:

“… Saturday, December 3 in Lordsburg, NM
Viewing will be held at the LDS Church from 10 AM – 12:00 PM.
Services will follow at the Dugan Tarango Middle School at 1:00.

In lieu of flowers, the Hill family has set up a memorial scholarship fund in honor of Hook at Western Bank.

Allen “Hook” Hill Memorial Fund
Western Bank

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