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George Clinton Hatch 1919 ~ 2009 On Sunday, August 30, George Clinton Hatch died peacefully at his home in Salt Lake City, surrounded by his family. He was 89 years old. In his passing, he left his children, grandchildren, and great-grand-children a legacy to share with all Americans. Through family ownership of KUTV television, KALL radio, the Ogden Standard Examiner and other communications media, George sought to preserve Utah's remarkable red rock wildlands, to champion social justice, and to give voice to important issues in the West.George began his broadcasting career at radio station KLO in Ogden. He was a pioneer in the development of radio, television and cable TV industries. In 1945, he moved to Salt Lake City to build KALL radio. He later acquired TV station KUTV Channel 2. He launched the Intermountain Network which grew to include over 90 radio station affiliates. In 1968 he co-founded Telecommunications, Inc., which ultimately became the largest cable TV company in the U.S. George's belief that communication businesses must serve their communities inspired those who worked with and for him. Through newspaper editorials, broadcast documentaries and news reports, he and his wife Gene fought to preserve Utah's great and beautiful canyon country for future generations. They worked with Senator Moss and many other Utah leaders to establish Capitol Reef and Arches National Parks, expand the borders of Glen Canyon National Recreation Area, and create Antelope Island State Park. George was born in Erie, Pennsylvania in 1919. He married Wilda Gene Glasmann on December 24, 1940. He is survived by his five children, Michael Arnow, Orlando, FL; Diane Orr, Salt Lake City; Jeffrey Hatch (Peggy), Salt Lake City; Randall Hatch (Ann), Salt Lake City; Deepika Ogsbury (Carlos), Boulder, CO; 14 grandchildren and 13 great-grand-children. The family is grateful for the kindness extended by George's doctor, Dr. Cherie Brunker, longtime friends Bill and Donna Vogel, and his caregivers, Rawlin and Marcia Pinkerman. Memorial Services to celebrate George's life will be held in the Memorial Building at Memory Grove on Sunday, September 13 at 3 p.m. Following the service old friends are invited to visit and reminisce.

Published in Deseret News from Sept. 3 to Sept. 13, 2009
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