Claude Hatch, 83, passed away October 9, 2022 in Clovis, California surrounded by family. He was born on July 7, 1939 in Panguitch, Utah to Millard Ellis and Mary Ellen “Mamie” Tebbs Hatch. He graduated from Panguitch High School in 1957 where he excelled in many sporting events. He was part of the 1957 state basketball team, he held the state record for pole vaulting for many years and served as vice president of PHS his senior year. He married Suzann Barney on July 28, 1958 in Henderson, Nevada. He was a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
After graduating from high school, Claude had planned to join the US Navy but changed his mind to remain in Panguitch with Suzann to start a family. He was employed by Crofts & Pearson Sawmill, Whiting Brothers Sinclair service station, Rocky Mountain Bread Company and was self employed as an avid farmer and cattle rancher. He served as president of the West Panguitch water canal for many years.
Claude always expressed integrity as well as exhibiting ownership and pride in all endeavors. He loved his heritage and enjoyed time with friends and family. Time was something priceless to him. He understood the importance of having a good work ethic and made sure that he taught that to all his children and posterity. He was a fan of country music, baseball, basketball, boxing, track and field, and enjoyed reading.
Claude was very generous and always helped those in need. He had a passion and strong desire to never give up and always do his best. He loved the outdoors and especially riding horses and hunting with his family. No matter what was going on in life Claude had the talent to make the best out of everything and had a great sense of humor. He will be remembered as a real hero to those who knew him.
Survived by his children: Michele (Leland) Pollock, Claude Barney (Evangeline) Hatch, Ann (Justin) Hatch, 7 grandchildren, 5 great-grandchildren; siblings: Mark Hatch, Mamie Christiansen, Lida Partridge; and sister-in-law Jolene Hatch.
Preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Suzann; son: Millard Claude Hatch; siblings: Wendell Hatch, Calvin Lyle Hatch, Norma Hatch, and Bruce Alan Hatch.
Graveside services and interment will be held Saturday. October 29, 2022 at 1:00 p.m. in the Panguitch Cemetery. A visitation will be held in the Panguitch 2nd Ward Chapel from 11:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Funeral Directors: Magleby Mortuary, Richfield, Salina and Manti. Online guestbook at www.maglebymortuary.com