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Benjamin John Hatch, 32, passed away in his hometown of Taylor on Monday, June 27, 2011. Services will be held at 2 p.m. on Monday, July 4, at the Taylor Stake Center of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints on West Willow Lane. A visitation will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. on Sunday, July 3, at Owens Livingston Mortuary in Snowflake.

He was born June 21, 1978, in Pinetop.

Ben, or as his family called him, “Brother Ben,” loved his life of growing up on Sunrise Dairy. From milkin’ cows to haulin’ hay and cuttin’ corn, Ben learned the value of honest hard work from his grandpa, dad and uncle.

On May 19, 2000, Ben married the love of his life, Shirley Frazier, and in the last 11 years they have had many wonderful adventures.

In 2003, Ben went to work as an ASE Certified Mechanic for McClaran’s Auto, where he worked until the time of his passing.

Ben was an avid hunter and loved fishing, but his true passion was riding dirt bikes at the Dunes.

Ben has many friends who love and will miss him, but cherish the memories they have of him.

Survivors include his wife, Shirley, and unborn daughter, Leann Aline “Lena”; his dad, John (Janell) Hatch; his mother, Paige McCarthy; four brothers, Charlie (Katy) Brandt, Mike (Alise) Brandt, Brad (Janette) Hatch and Darren Hatch; four sisters, Jen (Jay) Cook, Rachel (Dustin) Hancock, Lindsay (Ricky) Hill and Afton (Dale) Bowers. Also surviving are parents, Jack and Sandi Frazier; four brothers, Brad Frazier, Brandon (Carlos Coria) Frazier, Billy Frazier and Benjamin Frazier; sister, Sherry Reed; and numerous nieces and nephews whom he loved and who also loved him.

An account in the names of Shirley and Lena Hatch has been set up at Snowflake Mills Credit Union, where donations can be made.