James E. Hatch

James Egbert "Jim" Hatch, 78, was called back home to our Father in Heaven on Thursday, Oct. 4, 2012, after a short hospital stay.

He was born May 28, 1934, to Lawrence Perry Hatch and Isabella Egbert in Hagerman, Idaho. Shortly after his birth, they moved back to Teton Valley, where Jim was raised.

Jim farmed in Teton Valley, Idaho, most of his life. He was most helpful to his father, Lawrence Perry Hatch, even as a young child, and grew up to love farming.

Jim served several proud years in the United States Army and Army National Guard as an airborne paratrooper and was promoted to second lieutenant before turning back to farm with his aging father once again.

In later years, Jim worked as a well-loved rural postman in order to pay for his farming.

Jim was a loving and generous husband, father and friend.

Jim married LaRee Kaufman at age 39, assuming the role of father to five children, Sheila Rae, Ralph Claude, Valerie Kay, Samera Lea and Trina Lyn, whom Jim later adopted. Together they had two more children, James Gregory and Merri Ann. His family was sealed in the LDS Idaho Falls Temple on Dec. 5, 1988. Jim and LaRee raised all their children to see them married and have two short years alone together before LaRee passed away in 1996.

Jim was an avid fisherman and ice fisherman, historian, and doting father and grandfather. He was blessed with a great intellect and served the LDS church in many callings, his favorite being the high priest group instructor for many years.

He is survived by his children, Sheila Rae DuQuoin of Etna, Wyo., Valerie Kay Butler of Caldwell, Samera Lea Green of Idaho Falls, James G. (Jimmy) Hatch of Driggs and Merri Ann Drake of Blackfoot; his siblings, "Jack" Hatch and Lindsay Hatch of Tetonia, Lincoln Hatch of Fruit Heights, Utah, and Jeanette Miyasaki of Idaho Falls; 20 grandchildren; and 10 great-grandchildren.

Jim was preceded in death by his parents, Lawerence Perry and Isabella Lindsay Hatch; his wife, LaRee; his sister, LuAnn (Chapman); his children, Ralph and Trina; and his grandsons, Jacob Nathaniel Beard and Colby Ralph "Ernie" Beard.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Monday, Oct. 8, at the Driggs LDS Stake Center. The family will receive friends from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Sunday at the stake center and again from 10 a.m. to 10:45 a.m. Monday at the church prior to services. Interment will be in Cache-Clawson Cemetery.

Published in Post Register on Oct. 6, 2012