Mar 142012

Gerald R. Hatch, 66, tragically left this world to return to his loving Heavenly Father on Saturday, Feb. 4, 2012, in Show Low. The public visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. on Friday, March 16, at the Main Street Chapel of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 48 N. Main St. in Snowflake. The funeral service will begin promptly at 11 a.m. on Saturday, March 17, at the Snowflake Stake Center of the LDS church, 175 W. Ninth South in Snowflake, and those attending the funeral service are asked to arrive at the stake center and politely take their seats in the areas provided. The concluding service with military honors, as well as the interment, will follow at the R.V. “Mike” Ramsay Memorial Cemetery in Snowflake.

He was born on Tuesday, April 10, 1945, in Snowflake to the late Chauncey R. and Fenla (Rogers) Hatch. He spent his youth in Springerville, Reserve, N.M., Show Low and finally, Snowflake. Gerald was a member of the LDS church. He graduated from Snowflake Union High School in 1964. In 1967, he enlisted in the U.S. Army during the Vietnam War and served in Germany.

Gerald married his childhood sweetheart, Ruth Smith, in June of 1967, and they remained best friends and business partners for 44 years. After receiving his honorable discharge from the U.S. Army, he went to work with his dad and some of his brothers in the chainsaw business, and a few years later, added automobiles to their business. He owns and operates four automobile franchises ranging from Dodge, Chrysler, Jeep, GMC, Ford, Honda Motorcycles and Husqvarna Chainsaws, which his partners (his sons) are now running.

He had a passion to fly, and was the most cautious pilot you would ever meet; sometimes checking the plane three times before takeoff. He loved the outdoors, from working on the tractor to riding horses, as well as hunting and fishing. He loved to take guided hunting and fishing trips with his sons, grandsons and brothers anywhere from Mexico to the Kaibab. He especially loved his family and doing those activities with them made him happy.

Survivors include his seven children, Garett (Emilie) Hatch of Phoenix, Gentry (Amy) Hatch of Show Low, Robb (Mikelle) Hatch of Snowflake, Guy (Kellie) Hatch of Show Low, Ruben (Kim) Hatch of Chandler, Jessica (Seth) Gaston of Show Low and G.R. Hatch of Chandler; and 15 grandchildren.

In addition to his parents, Gerald was preceded in death by a grandson.

The Hatch family is so appreciative for all the thoughts and prayers, and continue to ask everyone to remember Robb and Mikelle in their prayers that they may continue to make a speedy and healthy recovery.

Owens Livingston Mortuary was in charge of the arrangements.