William Harrison "Hatch" Richins, 91, died Wednesday, April 29, 1998 in Murray, Utah.
He was born July 31, 1906 in Echo, Utah to Moroni and Laura Elizabeth Bull Richins. He was the third of five children. He married Amelda "Tillie" Saxton on March 21, 1927 in Ogden, Utah. The marriage was later solemnized in the Salt Lake Temple. She passed away November 10, 1993. He graduated from North Summit High School where he excelled in basketball and music. While at North Summit, he helped write a school song, "Hats Off to Dear Old North Summit", and played the trumpet in several dance orchestras. He also loved to play the piano. While raising their six children, they lived in Park City, Evanston and Echo. He and his wife homesteaded some property in Echo. They later acquired the family farm in Echo where he and his family spent many hours clearing brush, leveling ground and preparing the fields for planting. He raised turkeys, crops, and fed cattle. He supplemented his income by working for the Union Pacific Railroad as a fireman, machinist and guard. He also helped build the Echo Dam. His interests included prospecting, mining, inventing, designing, modifying and operating large equipment. He loved his wife, children and grandchildren. He loved family gatherings where the family would sing with either him or his son Mike playing the piano. Sometimes he would accompany the singing with his trumpet. The gatherings were never complete without the family standing and singing the school song. He belonged to The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints and was a High Priest. He served as a councilor to the Echo Branch President.He is survived by his son-in-law, Basil Beech, of Ogden, husband of his only daughter Romola Joy, deceased; daughter-in-law Beverly Fern Prochet Richins, Fresno, California, wife of his eldest son Harrison M. (Rick or Sonny), deceased. Also surviving are four sons and their spouses, Frank William (Fay), Echo; Richard L. (Ruth), Echo; David A. (Karen), American Fork, and Michael Paul, Salt Lake City; 31 grandchildren and 34 great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his wife; daughter; son; parents; in-laws; brothers, Edward M. (Ted), Dallas; Charles (Chick); and sister Melba Dearden.
Funeral service will be held Saturday, May 2, 1998 at 12 noon in the Henefer Ward Chapel, Henefer, Utah. Friends may call at the church Friday from 7 to 9 p.m. and Saturday one hour prior to service. Interment, Echo Cemetery.
Funeral directors, Walker Mortuary.
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