Sunday, January 3, 2016, Gordon Melvin Hatton, 71, “a man of grace under pressure,” lovingly smiled and courageously went forth to his next mission. Trailing behind are echoing words, “What can I do for you? I’m here to help. What do you need?” Gordon was a “giant among men” always thinking of others before himself, working tenaciously and relentlessly to finish a project for someone. He will be sorely missed by us and eagerly embraced by his parents.
Born to Porter Melvin Hatton and Virginia Jacobs on June 17, 1944, in Salt Lake City, Utah, Gordon began riding horses and driving tractors in Fillmore, Utah. Deer hunting with dad and brothers was an annual fall ritual. Gordon graduated from Granger High School and attended BYU. He served a two-year mission to New Zealand South for the Church.
Gordon had a passion for airplanes. He received his pilot’s license and was a flight instructor before he enlisted in the Army. He subsequently transferred to the Utah Air National Guard where he flew C-130 transport planes during the Vietnam War.
Gordon was handy with cars—tearing them apart, building them anew. There wasn’t anything he wouldn’t try to fix or do.
Three years ago, Gordon was diagnosed with idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis. He underwent a lung transplant on October 15th followed by a series of complications, small cell carcinoma being one of them, and passed away peacefully in his home with loved ones surrounding him.
Gordon married Sharon Bourne and later divorced. They had two daughters, Jenee and Alisha. He married Kathleen Speredon on Aug. 26, 1983, joining two families.
He is survived by his wife Kathy, his children Jenee Virginia Carlson, Alisha Hatton Bohn (Jerry), Shanel Hatton Ferguson (Jeff), Shyanne Hatton, stepsons Troy Anderson and Eric Anderson (Lisa), and 15 grandchildren.
Viewing will be Sun. 6-8 pm at the LDS chapel, 155 Coventry Ln. NSL, and Monday, Jan 11, at 10-10:45 am prior to funeral services at 11:00 am in the LDS chapel.
The family would like to thank Alpha Omega Hospice Care for the attention and compasion they provided during Gordon's final days. In lieu of flowers, please send any donations to Gofundme.com/5d6ec3uhcw, a fund that was created to help pay for medical bills and funeral expenses.