Jon Michael Hill

March 8, 1940April 4, 2021

Jon Michael Hill, “Mike”, left this world on Sunday, the 4th of April 2021.

Mike was an Ironman triathlon finisher, a rock n’ roll keyboardist, a deep sea spear fisherman, an award-winning real estate broker, a Lifetime Director in the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo, and a weekend rancher - cherishing his time on his and Marji’s Rockin’ H Ranch in Hempstead. He loved riding his favorite horse, Doc, his tractor and “the Mule”. Mike challenged himself to be the best he could be in every area of his life, and to have the most fun doing it. As Marji would say, “Mike was always just five seconds away from mischief!”

A proud Houstonian, Mike graduated from Lamar High School and THE University of Texas with a BBA. He then served four years as Lieutenant and Supply Officer in the US Navy, which he considered one of the most important accomplishments of his life.

His business career at CBRE spanned 31 years and included his being named a recipient of the William H. McCarthy Award, the highest award given by CBRE to a broker. He opened Michael Hill Properties in 2002 and remained active until 2 weeks prior to his passing. He loved the art of the deal. In January of 2020, Mike was proudly inducted into the NAIOP Hall of Fame, one of the industries most honored achievements.

Mike is survived by his beloved wife, Marji; his children, John and Ashley; his children by marriage, Thomas and Sharon Emde and Marc Emde; his four grandchildren, Braedon, Isabel, Tanner and Ryder; and an extended family of brothers-and-sisters-in-law.

A celebration of Mike’s life is to be conducted at two o’clock in the afternoon on Wednesday, the 7th of April, in the Jasek Chapel of Geo. H. Lewis & Sons, 1010 Bering Drive in Houston. For those unable to attend, a livestream will be accessible by selecting the "Join Livestream" icon in the “Celebration of Life” section.

Immediately following, all are invited to greet the family during a reception in the adjacent grand foyer.

In lieu of flowers, the family gratefully requests that memorial contributions be directed to the Houston Livestock Show & Rodeo, 3 NRG Park, Houston, TX, 77054.


  • Celebration of Life

    Wednesday, April 7, 2021



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John Hill

April 8, 2021

First - wanted to say that I wish I with all of you today.

And wanted to speak about my father:

He was a wonderful father and worked hard just like his other achievements at being everything a father should be and even more. He was able to show me how the world works and how to be a gentleman in this world. He have always looked up to him a watched carefully how he conducted himself. He supported me throughout my main successes. And I am so so thankful to have had him as a father.

Miriam Freiter

April 7, 2021

My life became poorer today when I saw Mike's photo in the paper; he used to come into MD Anderson and play piano on second floor where I was playing flute and harp. I would play flute with him, and we enjoyed many good tunes together. One of my biggest regrets of this past year is that the volunteers at MD Anderson had to stop because of COVID and we could not see the friends we made there. I remember Mike's good cheer, his sharp clothes, and the way my day always brightened when he came into view. In this way, he touched all those around him.

Philip Lewis

April 7, 2021

My lasting memory of Mike is when we were racing my sail boat and he fell off the boat on the first leg. We went quickly to last place picking him up, but Mike was a great swimmer and got to the boat in record time. We continued sailing and ended up wining the race thanks to a unexpected wind shift. Mike said he willed it.

I thought the captain should have gotten more credit.

Mike, RIP on the big seas.

Phil Lewis

John Egan

April 6, 2021

Enjoyed the early days at Houston Racket Club
with Mike & all the other Great guys. May his Soul RIP Bless Mike Hill.

Jim Holcomb

April 6, 2021

Mike, a great guy, many accomplishments and service to our community
We will miss him