John Wilson Hatton, 86, of Idaho Falls, Idaho, formerly of Kingman, passed away Thursday, Nov. 3, 2011, at his home. He was under the care his family and Kirste Wood of Creekside Hospice of Idaho Falls.
John was born Feb. 16, 1925, in Laveen, Ariz., to William Brown Hatton and Mary Lanore Lewis Hatton. He grew up and attended schools in Phoenix.
John served his country in the United States Navy in the Pacific arena during World War II.
On March 5, 1947, he married Ruby Romola Miller in Mesa. Their marriage was later solemnized in the Idaho Falls Latter-day Saints Temple. Together they raised four children. Ruby passed away on Sept. 7 of this year.
After John's military service, he worked as a concrete finisher for Hatton Brothers Cement Contracting and in Mohave County as a Sheriff's Deputy and the Search and Rescue Captain. Also, John worked as a performance test driver for Ford Motor Company in Kingman for 34 years. He was a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and served in the scouting program. His family was his most treasured asset with friends a close second. John enjoyed hunting, fishing, camping, four-wheeling, and gardening.
Survivors include his daughter, Sherryn Lynn (Carl) Woodruff of Vancouver, Wash.; son, David Wilson (Dorothy) Hatton of Kingman; daughter, Debbie S. (Ken) Hebb of Idaho Falls; daughter, Barbara Jean Anderson of Idaho Falls; 10 grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandson. He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Ruby R. Hatton; his brothers, Elva C. Hatton, Dan P. Hatton, and Leon C. Hatton; and his sisters, Dorothy Elkins and Billie Bea Andrews.
Funeral services were held on Nov. 7, at the Idaho Falls LDS Sageview Ward (1345 Clarence Drive) with Bishop Byron Nukaya officiating. The family visited with friends prior to services at the church. Burial was in New Sweden Cemetery in Idaho Falls, with military honors performed by the Bonneville County Memorial Veterans Team and the Idaho Honor Guard. Condolences may be sent to the family online at www.woodfuneralhome.com.