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 Max Ossmen Hatch

Max Ossmen Hatch

Pocatello, Bannock County, Idaho, USA
Death 21 Apr 2012 (aged 89)
Salt Lake County, Utah, USA
Burial Sandy, Salt Lake County, Utah, USA
Plot Gethsemane and Sermon on the Mount 464-C-2
Memorial ID 89260569 · View Source
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Max Ossmen Hatch
1923 ~ 2012
Max Ossmen Hatch was welcomed to his home beyond by loved ones as he peacefully passed from this life to the next on Saturday, April 21, 2012 at the age of 89.

Max was born on St. Patrick's Day, March 17, 1923 in Pocatello, Idaho to Lettie Ossmen and Paxman Hatch as one of eight children.

His spirit of adventure led him around the world, flying 214 trips in Army Air Corps C-46 cargo planes in World War II over the Himalayas.

His thirst for knowledge directed him to a 30-year career serving thousands of students as a creative, caring school teacher.

He married Ginger Rehms from Sioux City, Iowa in 1944 and they were blessed with eight fantastic, rambunctious children: John (Ann), Mickey (David) Herrin, Wendy (Gregg) Cleverly, Jerry (RaeDean), Judy (Lowell) Herr, Tony (Kim), Sandy (Sherrie), and Ricky (Tiffany).

As a faithful member of the LDS church, he served in various callings such as Bishop, Stake High Councilor, Temple worker etc. and he and Ginger served missions in Chile and Mexico.

Known as the gadget man, he enjoyed inventing and discovering a myriad of stuff including The Moon Jump, Tumblebug, Toe-Savers, and the world's first mobile, car-battery-powered VHS video camera in the mid-70s. Max's plethora of talents included square dance calling, a "fun" drawing test for his kids' to-be spouses, and his favorite pastime of creating booklets. "MacGyver" Max was known for being able to fix anything with a screwdriver, some wire, and a piece of gum.

After 48 adventuresome years with Ginger, who passed away at the young age of 68, Max married Lena Wagstaff and they took off on another LDS mission to Mississippi. Lena passed on after 16 wonderful years of marriage.

Max once again found love in the arms of his high school sweetheart, Elda Pope. They were married on 29 May, 2010 and enjoyed a flurry of fun-filled adventures.

Counting all three marriages, Max claims 27 children, 98 grandchildren, and depending on the day, 65 great-grand children. People who came to know Max were immediately drawn into his kind and loving nature, and quickly became his fondest fans.

All of Max and Ginger's eight children will be present at his funeral, which will be held at 11 a.m., Friday, April 27th at the LDS chapel on 6300 S 700 W, Murray, Utah. A viewing will be held from 9:45-10:45 a.m. before the funeral and from 6-8 p.m. Thursday evening at the same location.
Interment will be at Larkin Sunset Gardens in Sandy, UT. For online condolences, visit

Published in Salt Lake Tribune from Apr. 24 to Apr. 25, 2012

Max Hatch was my 4th grade teacher. I loved his class and he taught us so many things. He taught us how to play the ukulele and also the flute (recorder). He took us on a TV show the perform, It was called Uncle Roscos Playtime Party. We played our instruments and had a good time. Max also took the time to make a 78 record for all of us. We played our instruments on it and also had the classmates say a little something. I still have my record and have to smile each time I listen to it. I also remember making the maps of Utah with the counties in his class. I believe it was back in 2005 and we had a special education program for the Draper Heritage Banquet. I called and invited Max and his wife to attend. Max and Lena came to the program and the dinner. So many old Draperites remembered him as their teacher also. He had a booklet of every student he had ever taught. After that Max and I kept in touch through Christmas cards and also his booklets he wrote. He also sent me several letters from when he was in the service and writing to his first wife. I loved my time with this very special man. We all miss you Max. Esther Smith Kinder

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  • Maintained by: Esther Kinder
  • Originally Created by: glenda (contributor #47305349)
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  • Find A Grave Memorial 89260569
  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Max Ossmen Hatch (17 Mar 1923–21 Apr 2012), Find A Grave Memorial no. 89260569, citing Larkin Sunset Gardens Cemetery, Sandy, Salt Lake County, Utah, USA ; Maintained by Esther Kinder (contributor 47944192) .