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Clinton Whaley Hatch
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Birth: Aug. 13, 1974
Alliance
Box Butte County
Nebraska, USA
Death: Dec. 1, 1995
Worland
Washakie County
Wyoming, USA

Clinton Whaley Hatch

Clinton Whaley Hatch, 21, son, brother and friend, died Friday, Dec. 1, 1995. He spent the last days of his life doing what he enjoyed most -- being with his family and spending time in the Temples of the Lord.

Clinton was born on August 13, 1974, in Alliance, Neb. He attended elementary school in Lovell and Byron and studied at Rocky Mountain middle and high schools.

He was very involved in a host of school acitvities including FBLA, FFA, school plays, football, basketball and was a member of the National Honor Society. He served as te student body president at RMHS his senior year. Clinton was also an Eagle Scout.

He graduated from seminary and high school in 1992 and was Rocky Mountain's valedictorian. He attended the University of Wyoming on scholarship for one year.

He was called to serve as a missionary for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in England, London South Mission. He had only been home for one month. In a talk given just a few days before his death he reaffirmed his testimony of the life of Jesus Christ and the truthfulness of His gospel.

Clinton's life was an example to each one of us. His love for others, his character, his desire to work hard for a good cause and his belief in the Lord's Plan of Salvation will always serve as a lasting legacy of this fine young man.

Those who will remember him most are parents Don and Janene; brothers Alan, Jacob, Kevin, Joseph and Joshua, sisters Amy and Angela; grandparetns WIlder and Ella Mae Hatch and Phil and Ilene Whaley; and his exteneded family and numerous friends.

Funeral services are tentatively scheduled for Saturday, Dec. 9, 1995, at 10 a.m. at the Lovell LDS Stake Center. Haskell's Funeral Home has charge of arrangements.
(taken from the Lovell Chronicle)
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Hatch family recovering from accident, death of son

Tragedy struck the Don Hatch family last Friday as six members of the Don Hatch family were injured and one son killed in a one-vehicle rollover 14 miles south of Worland on U.S. highway 20 Friday morning.

The Hatch family of Byron, Wyo., was returing from Don Alan Hatch's wedding in Salt Lake City when the accident occurred at 5:25 a.m. Friday, Dec. 1.

According to the Wyoming Highway Patrolman Dave Evans, Clinton Hatch, 21, was pronounced dead of multiple head and chest injuries at the scene. Clinton was driving the 1994 four-door Chevrolet pickup with a topper. He was headed northbound and Patrolman Evans said it appeared that Hatch fell asleep. The pickup left the right edge of roadway and traveled on the edge for "a little ways" then struck a delinear reflector post and he tried to bring the pickup back sharply onto the road. The right front tire caught on the pavement, Evans said, and the pickup rolled one and a half times, coming to rest on its top.

Joseph Hatch, 16, Joshua Hatch, 13, and Kevin Hatch, 18, were asleep in the bed of the pickup, and Amy Hatch, 11, Don Hatch, 43, and Janene Hatch, 43, were riding in the cab of the pickup with Clinton.

Evans said only Clinton was wearing a seatbelt. The passengers were all ejected when the pickup rolled the three boys in the back were ejected as the topper was torn off.

The patrolman said Clinton sustained his fatal injuries when he was partially ejected out of the pickup and the vehicle rolled over on top of him.

Along with the Wyoming Highway Patrol, the Worland Police, Washakie County Sheriff's Department, Worland Volunteer Fire Department and Washakie County Ambulance EMT's responded to the accident.

Evans said the northbound land of traffic was closed for approximately 40 minutes.
Injuries
Mother and father, Janene and Don Hatch, sustained the worst injuries of those that survived the accident.

Janene Jatch was lifeflighted to St. Vincent Hospital in Billings on Friday afternoon but was released Monday Afternoon. According to her daughter-in-law, Korin Hatch, Janene is able to get around with a walker but is to get a lot of bed rest and limit her movement.

Janene did not suffer a broken back as early reports had stated. Korin said all the ligaments and tendons have been torn away from a portion of the spinal column and she did sustain a fractured back. Korin noted she is also very bruised.

Korin said Janene is scheduled for a checkup back at St. Vincent after Christmas.

Don Hatch, as of Tuesday evening, remained at Washakie County Memorial Hospital with eight broken ribs on the right side, both front and back. On Monday, one of Don's lungs started to collapse and a tube was placed to drain the liquid. Korin said the lung did not fully collapse.

She said his prognosis is day to day on when he could be released.

Amy was released from the Worland hospital on Monday and is also getting around with a walker. She suffered a broken left ankle, left wrist and left elbow, as well as other scrapes and bruises. She is doing "pretty good," Korin said.

Kevin was admitted over night at Washakie County Memorial Hospital and released on Saturday. He received cuts and bruises, and Korin said his neck and shoulders are extremely sore. She said he was expected to begin physical therapy this week.

Joseph and Joshua were treated and relaesed Friday. Joseph stayed at the hospital. Joshua returned home and went on to play in the eighth grade conference basketball tournament in Burlington Friday and Saturday for Rocky Mountain Middle School.

Two other Hatch children were not involved in the accident, Jacob Hatch, 19, is serving a mission in California. Angela Hatch, 8, was coming home from the wedding with her grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Wilder Hatch. They left Utah on Friday and were not in Wyoming until Friday afternoon.

A fund to help with medical expenses for the Hatch family has been set up at Big Horn Federal in Lovell.

The wedding reception for Don Alan and Korin Hatch will be as scheduled this evening, Thursday, Dec. 7, from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Byorn Ward Cultural Hall.

Funeral services for Clinton Hatch, a 1992 graduated of Rocky Mountain High School, have tentatively been set for Saturday, Dec. 9, at 10 a.m. at the Lovell LDS Stakehouse. However, if Don Hatch has not been released from the hospital, the funeral will be postponed. 
 
Burial:
Byron Cemetery
Byron
Big Horn County
Wyoming, USA
Plot: Block D Lot 8 Grave 6
 
Created by: Cindy C.
Record added: Dec 05, 2008
Find A Grave Memorial# 31970190
Clinton Whaley Hatch
Added by: Cindy C.
 
Clinton Whaley Hatch
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