The Patriot Guard Riders have been requested stand a flag line in honor of David Eugene Hatch. David Eugene Hatch served in the United States Marine Crops. David was born on May 7, 1948, to Robert Hatch and Joann Stewart Hatch, in Vernal, Utah. After David graduated from High School, he attended Utah State University and then enlisted with the United States Marine Corps. He fought in Vietnam from1968-1969, earning two purple hearts. He then joined the Metropolitan Police Department in 1969, retiring in1996. During his 27 years with Metro, 17 years of those as a homicide detective, he worked relentlessly to help families get closure after losing a loved one. Following his retirement, he continued to work cold cases for six more years with Metro. From there, he worked with the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children [Code Adam], in Arlington, Virginia. He was on the first callout team with them for 10 years. He taught countless classes on Officer Involved Shootings and In Custody deaths at Princeton University for 14 years, and many other classes throughout the United States. He was the author of two books relating to Officer Involved Shootings. He held many positions in his church, The Church or Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, his all-time favorite was teaching the Youth.
Graveside services for David will be held Saturday May 6th 2023 at the Vernal Memorial Park 1750 S 500 E, Vernal, UT 84078, at 12:30 p.m. We will stand a flag line at the Blackburn Funeral Home (15 East 100 North Vernal, UT 84078) then we will escort David to his final resting place Vernal Memorial Park 1750 S 500 E, Vernal, UT 84078 where we will stand another flag line.
Staging: 11:45 pm B'S Convenience Store 1980 W Highway 40 Vernal
KSU: 12:15 pm.
Mission Captain for this mission will be Randy Pummell he can be reached at 435-299-0549
Weather: 62* and cloudy. Please dress accordingly and keep yourself hydrated.
Thank you, David Eugene Hatch for your service!