Michael Hatch Obituary, Death – On April 3, 2023, Michael Verl Hatch completed his mortal journey of discipleship and service. He was steadfast in his commitment to the covenant way of life and had a profound love for his family. He leaves behind a legacy that will go on for all of time. Mike was born in Salt Lake City on May 20, 1943, to Elias Verl Hatch and Barbara Hales Hatch. His dad was deployed in the Army during World War II. Mike didn’t meet him until the war was over and he returned in 1945.
His parents cultivated a family with an unshakable faith and love that formed the foundation for Mike’s life. His love for them was unending. He was the oldest of five children: Dean (Cindy), Shelly (John Fishbein), Shaunee (Steven Olsen), and David (Mary Ann). His siblings were his very best friends to the end. In 1951 the family moved to Lakewood, California. The children lived an idyllic life with a hard-working dad and devoted mom who tirelessly tended to the family’s needs.
They solidified the bond with extended family with regular visits to grandparents, aunts, uncles, and cousins in Salt Lake City and Panguitch, Utah and San Francisco. His parents set a strong example of regular church attendance. Mike followed their lead throughout his life. Mike was called to serve as a young missionary for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints in the Sydney, Australia Mission. He loved the country and the people and sharing the gospel.
Upon returning from his mission, Mike attended Brigham Young University. He served honorably in the Army in Vietnam. He took his rest and recuperation (R & R) in Hawaii. He loved it so much, he returned to work there for a short time as a cab driver. He loved sports and played on many Church baseball teams. He had a special fondness for karate. He also loved music; almost anything ranging from Handel’s Messiah to the Rolling Stones. He was into photography. He had an extensive slide collection illustrating his many travels.
In 1984, he married Beverly DeCapot in the Salt Lake Temple. They welcomed four children – Ashley (Eric Jenson), John (Wendy), James (Amy) and Ryan (Natalie), and (soon to be) 12 grandchildren. They settled in Chino, California.