Derrick Preston Hatch, 28, died late Saturday night, July 5, 2014, from injuries he received in a car accident the week before. The public visitation will be held from 6 to 8 o’clock tonight (July 11) at the Love Lake Chapel of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 700 E. Love Lake Road in Taylor. The funeral service will begin at 11 a.m. on Saturday, July 12, at the Love Lake Chapel, where additional visitation will begin one hour prior. The concluding service and interment will immediately follow at the Reed Hatch Memorial Cemetery in Taylor.
He was born on Nov. 7, 1985, in the family car in the parking lot of Desert Samaritan Hospital in Mesa. His parents are Danny Frank and Luanna (Shaw) Hatch.
Since he was a little boy, Derrick possessed an abundance of energy that was animated so much few people could keep up with him.
He looked for the joy in life and found that any activity outside was for him. Riding quads was one of his favorite outdoor activities. He also worked during the winter months as a snowboarding instructor at Sunrise Ski Resort in the White Mountains. Derrick loved camping, hunting and fishing with his family. While camping with his family, Derrick learned how to be the camp “cookie” and loved to make meals for them in the great-out-of-doors. Everything he made, whether in Dutch ovens or tin foil, was delicious and fit for a king. During the last camping trip that his grandpa was able to go on, Derrick took the best of care that any grandpa could ever hope for. He volunteered to stay at camp with his grandpa and care for his needs while everyone else went out to enjoy a successful hunt.
Derrick had a way about him that instantly made people feel good and was able to light up any room just by entering it. He was fun to be around, and was greatly loved by his family and friends. He was adored by his many nieces and nephews, and he loved them all so very much. He was the most fun uncle anyone could have.
As a child, Derrick learned the value of hard work. He was a loving and loyal son to his parents. He never said “No” to his father when asked to do something, no matter how difficult. Derrick was very involved with the Boy Scouts of America and, at the age of 14, he received his Eagle Scout, an honor that made his family very proud.
Derrick was a natural born athlete. During high school, he was a popular student and was a great wrestler, winning countless matches. He also was a member of the Lobo varsity football team for a few years and helped to make them the champions that they are. He was a member of Snowflake High School’s graduating Class of 2004.
Survivors include his parents, Danny and Luanna of Taylor; five siblings, Danny K. (Audria) Hatch of Safford, Sharnell (Joe) McLafferty of Tucson, Luke (Summer) Hatch of Prince George, Canada, Matthew (Janiel) Hatch of Eagar and Clinton (Jeni) Hatch of Seoul, South Korea; 22 nieces and nephews; as well as a host of extended family members and close friends.
He was preceded in death by his grandparents: Sheldon and Irene Hatch, and Ferris and Elaine Shaw; and by a niece, Evangaline Hatch.
Owens Livingston Mortuary of Snowflake was in charge of the arrangements.