Capt. Arthur W. "Art" Hiatt
49, passed in his sleep Friday, August 16, 2013, in Los Angeles, California while traveling for work. Art was born on October 10, 1963, in Blufton, Indiana, the son of Norma Jean Lawler and Arthur R. Hiatt.
He graduated from Center Grove High School in 1982, and from Purdue University School of Aviation Technology in 1986. Following in the footsteps of his father and grandfather, Art achieved his lifelong dream of becoming a pilot. He flew for both private and commercial before spending the majority of his career with FedEx. As a captain of the MD11 aircraft, he flew internationally for nearly 18 years.
Art married his best friend and love of his life, Janet Youngblood, on October 10, 1998. Together they shared a love of travel, appreciated gatherings with dear friends, and enjoyed spending time at their lake house. They were blessed with two beautiful daughters, Julia (12) and Audrey (9). Art cherished his children, and never missed an opportunity to be with them.
Loved by all who met him, Art always had a smile on his face and the ability to make people laugh. He was a person of generous spirit, giving much time and energy to different children's charities through FedEx and in the Indianapolis area. Art was an exceptional father, husband, son and pilot.
He is survived by his adoring wife Janet, his daughters Julia and Audrey; mother, Norma Jean Lawler and sister Wendy Hiatt, of Indianapolis, IN; father Arthur (Carol) Hiatt of Punta Gorda, FL; aunt Peggy (Gene) Wellman of Glendale AZ; in-laws John and Judy Youngblood and sister-in-law Jennifer Youngblood, of Columbus IN.
A celebration of Art's life will be held on Saturday August 24, 2013 from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m., with a memorial tribute at 3 p.m. in Coxhall Gardens, 2000 W 116th Street, Carmel, Indiana 46032.
In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to Chase Bank for the children's college funds. More information can be found at Flanner and Buchanan - Carmel . Friends and family are welcome to sign Art's guestbook online at: http://www.flannerbuchanan.com