Russell Harmon Hatch, 90, of Springville, died peacefully September 18, 1998 in Orem at his son's home of causes incident to age.
He was born September 4, 1908 in Woods Cross, Utah to John Russell and Gwendolyn Harmon Hatch. He married Vonda Argyle March 12, 1934 in the Salt Lake LDS Temple. She preceded him in death on Feb. 23, 1995.Harmon was active in the LDS Church and served in many callings as well as Stake Mission President for nine years. He, along with his wife, served as temple workers in the Provo LDS Temple for 18 years.
One of his greatest loves was music which was instilled in him by his mother at a young age. He was given a violin and after only 4-5 lessens he loved it. This passion carried him through his education at the McCune Conservatory of Music and BYU. He began teaching in Salem, UT, for Nebo School District in 1936. A few years later he was asked to teach at Springville High School where he taught for over 40 years earning the love and respect of many students and peers. He was known for his quiet, kind, and loving
He is survived by four sons and two daughters: Vera Renee Hatfield and husband Kent, Salt Lake City; Harmon A. Hatch and wife Deborah, Orem; Gerald A. Hatch, Provo; Richard A. Hatch and wife Susan, Gallup, NM.; Sidney A. Hatch and wife Chris, Orem; Ann Christine Witney, Springville; foster daughter, Jeanie B. Kiro, Blanding; 23 grandchildren, seven great-grandchildren; four brothers and one sister: Bradford and Roberta, Provo; Richard, Garrison, UT.; Norma Eastley, Tacoma, WA; Noal and Lillian, Provo; Ephraim and Verena, Provo.
Funeral services will be held Thursday, September 24, 1998 at 11 a.m. in the Springville Center Street Chapel, 355 East Center Street, Springville. Family and friends may call Wednesday from 6 to 8 p.m. at Wheeler Mortuary, 211 East 200 South, Springville, and Thursday one hour prior to the services at the church. Burial will be in the Springville Evergreen Cemetery.
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