Kenneth Hatch, 95, died peacefully on Saturday, Jan. 23, 2016, in his Snowflake home with his children around him. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Jan. 30, at the Temple View Chapel at 2885 W. Highway 277, Snowflake. Viewings will be held from 6 to 9 o’clock tonight (Jan. 29) at the chapel and one hour before the funeral. Interment will be at 9:30 a.m. on Monday, Feb. 1, at the Mesa Cemetery. A get together will be held after the dedication to reminisce at the Porter Park Ward building, 1852 N. Stapley Drive in Mesa.
He has gone to join his parents, Ira Asa Hatch and Margaret Gallagher Hatch, his wife of 50 years, Velma Flake Hatch and his wife of 16 years, Sharon Downing Alexander Hatch, his daughter Sue, and his sisters and brothers.
He left behind his children, Vera, Gerry, Donna, Larry, Amy, Alex and Ervin, their spouses, children and grandchildren, his stepson Dan Alexander, his sister Elaine Haws and her husband Drensel, and four Indian placement program participants who came to live with us to go to school and became a part of our family, Stephen Gamble, Donaldson June, Edward Fuson and Richard Kelsey.
Kenneth was born in Fruitland, N.M.
He was a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, and served many missions as a stake and ward missionary. He served two full-time missions, one with each of his wives.
He served in the Army during World War II in a Quartermaster Depot both in the states and in the Philippines.
He loved the Lord Jesus Christ and wanted everyone to learn of him. He served as a temple worker for around 20 years and attended as often as he could, even when his health started failing.
Silver Creek Mortuary of Taylor was in charge of the arrangements.