William Clark Hilton was born November 21, 1934, in Mitchell, the son of Underwood and Lois (Potter) Hilton. He graduated from White Lake High School on May 19, 1953. Clark obtained an undergraduate degree in business at Dakota Wesleyan University in 1959.
He was in the Army for two years from 1955 until 1957; and during his military service he served in Iceland.
He married Anna Uhrich on June 10, 1960, in Mitchell. The couple lived in the Wyoming area at the beginning of their marriage. However, they decided to return to White Lake where they would reside for about 23 years. Then in 1984 they moved to Lake Norden, where they would reside for the next 17 years until Anna reached nursing home status in 2001. Clark would continue to reside in Lake Norden until his passing in April 2015.
He was an active member of the United Methodist Church in White Lake and the Evangelical Covenant Church in Lake Norden. He enjoyed dancing and music, and had a beautiful solo voice where he often sang for church and family gatherings. His high school and college life was marked by being involved in football and choir. He also was a horseman. Clark was an enthusiastic member of these White Lake organizations: Aurora-Brule Community Chorus, the Commercial Club, and the Town Centennial Committee. Clark would later serve as mayor of White Lake and was a third generation small business owner of the “Hilton Lumber Company” from 1959 through 1984.
He is survived by his daughter Tricia (Hilton) Wempe & husband, Patrick, of Arkadelphia, AR; three sons: Birch Hilton of Yankton, Wes Hilton & wife Kerry, of Bridgewater, SD and Emory Hilton & wife Angie, McAlester, OK; ten grandchildren, Chase Hilton & wife, Alexandra, Abby Hilton, and Alex Hilton, all of Greeley, CO, Autumn Hilton & Lily Hilton of Bridgewater, Mason Hilton & Madison Hilton both of McAlester, OK, Angelmaa Wempe, Gabriella Wempe & Michaella Wempe all from Arkadelphia, AR; his sister: Cile (Hilton) Suelflow from Loveland, CO; Jane (Kappenman) Hilton and numerous nieces and nephews and special friend Arlys Moen of Colton, SD.
He was preceded in death by his wife Ann (Uhrich) Hilton, his parents and his sibling, Carol (Hilton) Fosness.