Donald Kenneth Hiatt June 3, 1927 – July 18, 2013 Our beloved son, brother, father, papa, great papa, and great-great papa passed away in Grand Junction on July 18, 2013. He was born on June 3, 1927, in Grand Junction, CO to John and Florence Hiatt. He spent his childhood in Grand Junction, graduating from Grand Junction High School. Don married Bernita Brophy on March 7, 1947. They were married for 63 years before Bernita's death in 2010. The couple lived in Pico Rivera and Vialia, California. Don retired from Pacific Telphone Co. after 33 years of service. He founded Pico Rivera Youth Football Organization, and Pico Boys Baseball Organization, both in California. He was a member of the U.S. Navy, Seaman First Class and participated in WWII. He was an artist, specializing in wood carving, but didn't limit himself. He also enjoyed drawing, and painting. Don was also a well respected football and baseball coach. He is survived by his children, Dan (Tina) Hiatt of Redmond, OR; Rod Hiatt of Pico Rivera, CA; John (Terri) Hiatt of Fresno, CA; Tom (Sheila) Hiatt of Visalia, CA, and Donna Hiatt of Grand Junction, CO; brothers, Roy Hiatt of Grand Junction, CO, and Ken Hiatt of Broomfield, CO; brother-in-law, Jack (Leona) Brophy of Grand Junction; 12 grandchildren, nine great-grandchildren, and two great-great-grandchildren. He is preceded in death by his parents; wife, Bernita, and son, Donny. A graveside service with military honors will take place on Friday, July 26th at 3:00 p.m. at the Veteran's Memorial Cemetery. A celebration of his life will follow at Sherwood Park. Memorial donations may be made to HopeWest & Hospice, 3090B N. 12th Street, Grand Junction, CO 81506.
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Published in The Daily Sentinel on July 24, 2013