On March 6, 2009, Anthony Herman (Tony) Hatch completed his mortal journey at the Orem Nursing and Rehabilitation Center after a long struggle with the debilitating effects of Parkinson's Disease. He will be missed by his family, friends, and long-time neighbors in Orem.
Tony was born on October 23, 1939 in Colonia Juarez, Chihuahua, Mexico to Ernest Herman Hatch and Reah Walser Hatch and was the oldest of eight children.
Tony loved growing up in Colonia Juarez and whether he was camping or hunting in the mountains with his family or helping in the orchard, he enjoyed spending time with his family and friends.
Tony attended the Juarez Elementary School through the eighth grade, where he graduated as valedictorian of his eighth grade class.
Tony continued his schooling at the Juarez Stake Academy, where he served as Junior Class President and as Student Body President during his senior year. Tony also enjoyed athletics and played on the high school baseball and tennis teams.
Following his graduation from high school, Tony attended Brigham Young University. During his sophomore year, he met Kathie Burgess, a brunette from Southern California who made quite an impression on him.
Also during his sophomore year, Tony decided to serve a mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and was called to serve in the Andes Mission, where he grew to love the Peruvian people and culture. His Spanish skills were a great asset in his missionary work and Tony was privileged to open the Peruvian cities of Trujillo and Callao to missionary work.
After successfully completing his mission in 1963, Tony returned to BYU where he continued his education and became determined to marry Kathie, which he successfully accomplished on June 6, 1964 in the Los Angeles, California Temple. During their marriage they were blessed with four children: Anthony Derek (Stacy), Kaysville; Ernest Bryan (Katie), American Fork; Jessica (Bret) Green, West Jordan; and William "Billy" Deral, Brighton, Michigan. Tony and Kathie also have 10 grandchildren with whom Tony loved spending time.
After graduating from BYU, Tony continued his education at Utah State University, where he earned his Masters of Science Degree in Horticulture, and then went on to earn a Doctorate from Cornell University in Plant Science.
With his education complete, Tony joined the faculty at Pennsylvania State University, where he conducted research and worked in the extension program. After a few years in Pennsylvania, Tony accepted a position as superintendent of the Colorado State University research center in Grand Junction, Colorado.
While in Colorado, Tony developed an appreciation for computers and found that they could be used in a variety of ways to help fruit growers raise their crops more cost effectively. After eight successful years in Colorado, Tony accepted a position with Utah State University, where he served as the state fruit specialist.
Tony continued to work with computers and developed an integrated pest management system that was designed to help growers reduce pesticide use while still providing effective pest and disease control. Tony also authored many pruning articles and was a regular on KSL's weekly Greenhouse Show.
Tony enjoyed the many relationships that he developed while working for Utah State and he retired as a fully tenured professor. During the span of his professional career, Tony was also able to use his Spanish skills and went on many consulting trips to South America, where he worked with governments and farmers to help the people grow more food and become more self-sufficient.
Throughout his life, Tony was an active member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and held many positions. Tony served in various callings, including ward dance instructor, scoutmaster, Sunday school teacher, member of the district presidency in Upstate New York, and as a counselor in many branch presidencies and bishoprics.
Whatever the calling, Tony enjoyed working and serving in various church callings during his life and was a High Priest at the time of his death.
Tony is survived by his wife of 44 years, his four children, and all of his siblings. He was preceded in death by his parents.
Viewings will be held on Thursday, March 12, 2009 from 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at the Sundberg Olpin Mortuary, 495 South State Street, Orem, and on Friday, March 13, 2009 at 10:00 a.m. at the Lakeview Chapel located at 151 West 1600 South in Orem. Funeral Services will be held on March 13, 2009 at 11:00 a.m. at the Lakeview LDS Chapel. Interment will be in the Orem City Cemetery. Published in the Deseret News on 3/11/2009.