Richard Phil Hatch was taken from us too soon when he died Friday evening, Jan. 20, 2012, at the Flagstaff Medical Center, just nine days shy of his 54th birthday. Funeral services were held Jan. 24 at the Taylor Stake Center of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, with Bishop Dennis Evans officiating. The concluding service and interment immediately followed at the Reed Hatch Memorial Cemetery in Taylor.
He was born on Wednesday, Jan. 29, 1958, in McNary to the late Richard Hill Hatch and Louise McCleve Hatch.
Phil worked as a control room operator for Cholla Power Plant for many years. Many grew to appreciate his attention to detail and the dedication he had to his chosen profession. He was a genuinely kind man to everyone and enjoyed helping others with whatever he could. He possessed many skills and was affectionately known as a jack of all trades. He loved being outside and thoroughly enjoyed working in his yard. He truly made his home a showplace for the whole neighborhood to enjoy.
He also was a skilled mechanic, and many of his family and friends relied on his expertise, as he was able to fix just about any problem with any car or truck. He was mechanically curious, and loved to tinker and fix anything mechanical. His love of engines led him to another of his favorite past times, his Harley motorcycle. Phil spent countless hours on the open road riding his “Hog,” appreciating the beauty of the world in which he lived. He was a thrill seeker and always looked for the adventures that life had to offer. Everyone wanted to spend time with him, because when they did, they always had a great time.
Phil will be greatly missed by everyone whoever had the privilege to call him “friend.”
He was a lifelong member of the LDS church. He loved The Savior and daily sought to do His will. Throughout his life, Phil served in many church positions and always magnified his callings. He was a true example of goodness, as he lived his faith daily through kind acts of service to his fellow man.
Phil was a true family man. As a young man he was a devoted son to his parents, and was a dependable brother to his brother and sisters. When he married his eternal sweetheart, he was a loving, caring and thoughtful husband. His sons and daughter always respected him, and loved him for his integrity and example. As his grandchildren arrived, his joy expanded tenfold. He knew that each member of his beautiful family was individual and unique, and loved each one unconditionally. They are all so grateful for the knowledge they have of the eternal nature of man, knowing that “Families Are Forever.” Though they will miss him like no other, they look forward to the day that they will be reunited.
Survivors include his wife, Patti Lee (Hancock) Hatch of Taylor; three children, Brandon (Jessica) Hatch of Snowflake, Dusty (Brittney) Hatch of Pocatello, Idaho, and Alyssa (Garrett) Duff of Taylor; his mother, Louise M. Hatch of Taylor; five grandchildren; three sisters, Merlene (Danny) Foshee of Snowflake, Ava (Marty) McNeil of Taylor and Amy Hatch of Fountain Hills; and one brother, Justin (Karen) Hatch of Gilbert.
Owens Livingston Mortuary of Snowflake was in charge of the arrangements.