He was an extrodinary man of faithfulness, kindness, intelligence, and excellent family man.
He was single until his 40's when he met a wonderful woman, my Aunt April with her 5 children from a previous marriage.
He was so good to her and her children. An excellent man, father and example to all he knew.
He was a successful man in all areas of his life. Including being a righteous, spiritual faithful LDS man of God.
No wonder God had him live so long. He was such a GREAT example of what a man of God should be in life.
I always looked up to him and loved him.
He will be missed.
Until we meet again, dear Uncle Spencer Hatch.
~Family comments below....
"After my mom and dad got divorced I cried myself to sleep for what felt like forever. No one could ever take his place. But we, my mom and five rambunctious kids, were eventually blessed with another husband and father, someone who day by day, kindly and patiently, created a treasured place of his own in our hearts.
Our sweet father, now ninety, has been a beacon of faith, hope, and love in our home for almost fifty years now. Early this morning he quietly returned to his heavenly home. We will miss him dearly, but rejoice in the heritage of a father who truly loved the Lord, and us, with all his heart."
His Step-sons had this to say:
Shawn Mitchell (Colorado) "
The world lost one of the sweetest men ever, early this morning. Spencer Hatch. 1924-2014.
My Mom's husband, the Dad who raised 5 Mitchells and 2 Hatchs, Dad was a 21-yr old WWII Pacific fighter pilot. Yellowstone ranger. Hitchhiker, plane, and ship jumper to Israel in the 50s. Or was it late 40s? Taft delegate to the '48 GOP convention. Law school grad. Pizzeria owner on Balboa Island in SoCal. Career Pre-School manager in Westminster, California. Church leader and team softball pitcher. Practiced a little law in his retirement to Utah.
Survivor and BYU football fan till 90 years. No acute cause of death in his sleep. Just a life full and well spent. RIP Dad."
Tim Mitchell "I wrote this for my Dad's 90 birthday in February. He passed away in his sleep last night. His earthly mission honorably and faithfully fulfilled. He is now reuniting with loved one and will soon hear our Savior declare, "Well done, thou good and faithful servant!"
I love you, Dad!"
~Today is the birthday of one of my Dads. Spencer Hatch turns 90 today. I am so grateful for his continued presence on this earth. He has lived a rich, full life with lots of meaning and adventure. He was a naval aviator during World War II and shot down enemy fighters whose facial features he could see due to their close proximity. He also survived a crash into the ocean while taking off from a carrier. He dated the daughter of an apostle and the future US Secretary of Agriculture and prophet of our faith. I have a copy of a picture of when he met and shook hands with President Dwight D. Eisenhower while a smiling David O. McKay looked on. He was a seasonal park ranger at Yellowstone National Park with business guru and author Stephen R. Covey, who recalled my Dad fondly when I took a class from him at BYU. He jumped trains and rode the rails with the hobos who taught him and his friends how to cook as they journeyed to work in the apple fields of Washington. He was a guide at Temple Square in Salt Lake City. He taught seminary with Marion D. Hanks. He was the Apostle John in the very first temple film. He was an attorney who won an eight figure settlement for his client, but who also blessed the lives of thousands of children as the beloved and respected director of a child care center. He served as a bishop and a patriarch in our church. And, at the age of 42, he married my Mom and “inherited” a family of five children ages 12 and under who weren’t at all sure that they wanted or needed another Dad. But, he preserved and over a span of over 40 years, each one of us came to love and respect him and to call him “Dad.” If you asked him what are the three most important things in his life, he would answer without hesitation, his family, his love of our country and its constitution, and his testimony of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. I aspire to become the Christ-like man that he is.
Happy Birthday, Dad! I love you!
— with Spencer Hatch.
1924 - 2014 | Obituary | Condolences
Spencer Fearnley Hatch
February 5, 1924 ~ September 26, 2014
Spencer Fearnley Hatch, age 90, husband, father, attorney and faithful servant of the Lord passed away in the early morning hours of September 26, 2014 with his sweetheart at his side.
He was born February 5, 1924 in Salt Lake City, Utah, to Spencer Hatch and Edith Fearnley. He attended Kindergarten in Salt Lake City, Grade School in Centerville, Junior High School in Bountiful and Davis High School in Kaysville, Utah.
When a senior in High School the Japanese attacked Pearl Harbor. Two months after graduation Spencer joined the Navy Air Corps, was commissioned an Ensign and a Naval Aviator in September 1943 and in 1945 saw aerial combat in the Pacific at the Philippine Islands, Iwo Jima and Okinawa. He shot down 3 enemy planes and put one of his own fighter planes at the bottom of the Pacific Ocean with engine failure and had another one seriously shot up from ground fire but was able to get his plane back to the aircraft carrier for a safe landing. He served as LDS group leader on the carrier and they had Sunday meetings and MIA on Tues. He was recommended for the Silver Star, was awarded the distinguished Flying Cross and three Air Medals "for extraordinary achievement while participating in aerial flight in action against the enemy."
After the War, Spencer served a two and a half year mission for the LDS church in the Northern States Mission under Mission President Creed Haymond, serving as his first counselor for the last six months. After his mission he completed a BS in Business and a Doctor of Jurisprudence in Law at the University of Utah. He then attended BYU for one fun and interesting year. Spencer toured Europe and Asia for three months with his close friend, Dale Tingey, spending on month in the Holy Land. He toured Central and South American with his brother Dell Hatch visiting many archeological sites.
In 1963 Spencer moved to Southern California where he met and married his wife, April, in the Los Angeles Temple. Thirty years later he and April moved to Bountiful, Utah.
His church service includes Sunday School Teacher, Seminary Teacher, Elders Quorum President, Guide on Temple Square, Assistant to Richard L. Evans with Marion D. Hanks on Temple Square full time during four summers months. He has served as counselor in two Bishoprics, Stake high Council, High Priest Group Leader, Bishop and as Stake Patriarch for over 25 years. He and his wife have served as Temple Ordinance Workers and have been active for years in the Constitution Coalition in efforts to help save our Constitution, our borders, our sovereignty, and our freedom that are being critically challenges (unreported in the news media) by Satan's oath bound Secret Combinations as outlined in the Book of Mormon and especially in Ether chapter 8.
Spencer is survived by his wife April and 7 children, Marc, MILA, Paul, Tim, Shawn, Randy, Jimmy and their spouses.
Services will be held Friday October 3 2014 in the Lakeview Chapel 455 South 1200 East with a viewing from 10:30AM - 11:30AM and funeral service being held at 12 noon. Interment will be at the Bountiful City Cemetery, 790 south, 100 East, Bountiful, Utah.
Published in Salt Lake Tribune on Sept. 28, 2014
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