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January 6, 1981 - May 15, 2022
Funeral Home Russon Mortuary Bountiful
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Our beloved, precious John Denton Hatch passed away unexpectedly on May 15, 2022 while on a vacation in Arizona. He was a loving husband, father, son and friend. His parents are Denton Myron Hatch (retired attorney) and Janet Compton Hatch (mother and retired teacher). He is survived by his parents, his wife, Elizaveta Kazbekovna, and his two sons, Alexander (5) and Nicholas (2), and his siblings, Michelle Hatch Linton (Freeman Chris), Stephen Compton Hatch (Tanya Wahlquist) and Denise Hatch Kassimatis (Nolan).
John was an extraordinary man, who left a legacy of generosity, love, friendship, intelligence, industry, and perseverance. He was a passionate seeker of truth and happiness. In life and in death, he has been surrounded by a loving family and that adores him.
From the time John was a little boy, he showed exceptional intelligence and creativity. At times he was a handful because there was no satisfying his curiosity and endless questions. It was difficult to find environments that were challenging for him.
At age eighteen he entered the work force. The majority of his working adult life was spent at eBay where he thrived in an environment that truly appreciated his intelligence and talents.
John started at eBay by walking into a temp agency to make money while he started school. Little did he know this would evolve into a successful career. After spending some time in customer support in Utah, he moved to San Jose and worked in their network operations control center (NOC), the eBay division responsible for getting eBay up and running after it crashed. John quickly rose within the ranks to more senior roles. When eBay built a NOC in Denver, John was selected to help start the Denver NOC from scratch. As Technical Duty Officer, he was the voice of reason and authority during incidents. He had a renowned reputation for being an intelligent, quick minded, decisive leader, exactly what the NOC requires.
For one year, John left eBay to work as a TDO (Technical Duty Officer) for Microsoft. This opportunity moved him to Seattle. While he thrived in that environment, he returned to eBay as TDO team leader working remotely from Seattle. Once back at eBay, he continued to impress peers and his leaders. He then was promoted to manager of the TDO team. His quality leadership was acknowledged when he was promoted to Director of the Site Engineering Center, one step below Vice President.
John took his positions at eBay seriously with great purpose in his heart. John said, multiple times, that when eBay’s site went down, he pictured the many employees whose live’s could be affected, and this was his primary motivation to get the site fixed. He told his mother, “When there’s an incident, In my mind’s eye, I can see a sea of faces pleading with me to help them not have their income interrupted.” He also said that when the website went down, eBay lost millions of dollars each minute it was down. That was a lot of pressure, but he always stayed calm and collected as he labored to get it back and running. In 2019, John said that he had seventeen promotions at eBay. By now it’s probably twenty.
He was given a full ride scholarship from eBay, and he earned an MBA with emphasis in IT Management at Western Governor’s University.
Over the years John was formally recognized multiple times at eBay. Some of the major awards were the critical talent award (twice), and multiple SPOT awards. In March, 2022 he was recognized as an eBay Luminary.
This is eBay’s highest award granted by popular vote from eBay’s 12,000 employees who choose someone who “exemplifies eBay’s values and inspires others to do the same.” This award meant more to John than if his superiors had given him an award because he could try to impress his bosses, but the employees nominated him because they appreciated his help, direction and inspiration. This really touched his heart. The award came with a sizable bonus which he donated to his favorite charity.
While John was in Seattle, he met his wife, Elizaveta (Liza). They fell in love and were married on January 17, 2014. When they were dating, John said to his mother, “I found a beautiful girl that is more intelligent than me.” John lovingly referred to Liza often as “Love”. John and Liza were fortune enough to have two beautiful boys, Alex and Nicholas. John was a wonderful father and dedicated husband. John loved taking Liza on trips with and without the kids. He had a trip planned for the family to go to Hawaii, which was to be the week following his death. He was so excited to show his boys the beauty of Hawaii. Alex loved pirates and Johnny would hide gold coins in his back yard so that Alex could find “buried treasures.” He also took his boys on “treasure hunts” with his metal detector. John was often found doing FaceTime with his boys when he was away. He often FaceTimed with his children, helping them talk with their grandmother. He loved his wife and children immensely.
John was refreshingly authentic. He didn’t mind letting people see every side of him. He could go from being deeply analytical and astute, and in a heartbeat, he could be goofy and absurd.
He spoke often about how much he wanted to know the truth about the universe and how to find happiness. He was an absolute seeker of truth. He studied and was well versed in astronomy, geology, geography, history, archeology and biology in an effort to learn the truth about the universe. He also had great knowledge about world history and world politics, and he seemed to have a photographic memory for these things. He traveled all over the world to learn more about it, including visiting five continents.
In the last two days of his life, he told his father how much he loved him and how much he loved his family. John also told his father that he would love to know if there is a God. He said he had prayed many times but had not been answered. John sought truth his whole life and at times desperately wanted to know if there was a purpose to the universe.
His siblings and parents all agree, that for many years, they saw enormous growth in John. He wanted them to know that he loved them. It seems as every year went by, he expressed more and more love. He also seemed to have a great desire to be a positive force in society. His mother asked, “What is your motivation to be honest, and to love others and help them? He replied that he believed that society needs integrity, civility, honesty, industry, philanthropy, and mentors. He said he wanted to do his part to do all of these things to help make this world a better place.
John adored his wife, boys, siblings, parents, and friends. He was extremely generous with all of them. During the week after John died, his siblings and friends shared numerous stories about how generous John had been, and described how he went to great lengths to provide financial and emotional support. Accounts of his generosity poured in from all directions. He had many friends, including those that were wealthy and very influential, and those that had very little. Once a friend, always a friend was his mantra. He was still close with his high school and childhood friends. He was a master at keeping in touch with everyone.
We, as his family, have so much respect and love for our cherished John. He was a great man, and he accomplished so much. We will miss him terribly.
-Musician’s Friend 2000-2002 (World Wide Catalogue)
-Gateway (A large company that manufactured computers) 2002-2004
-eBay Customer Service 2004
-eBay NOC Technical Duty officer in San Jose 2005-2008
-eBay NOC Technical Duty officer in Denver 2008-2011
-Microsoft, Senior Systems Engineer (Technical Duty Officer) Site Operations
July 2O11-April 2012
-eBay Technical Duty Officer Seattle 2012-2018
-eBay Director Site Operations 2019
-eBay Senior Site Operations Manager, March 2018- April 2019
-eBay Director of Site Engineering Center, (One step below Vice President)
-Preschool, Bountiful, UT 1985
-Boulton Elemenary School, Bountiful, UT 1986-1992
-Mueller Park Jr. High 1992-1996
-Woods Cross High School, Bountiful, UT 1996-2000
-Numerous technology certifications
-BS Degree, Information Technology- Weber State, Regis University, Salt Lake Community College
-Master of Business (MBA), emphasis on Technology Management, Western,
Governor’s University, Graduated March 16, 2018.
A viewing will be held at Russon Mortuary, 295 N. Main St., Bountiful, UT., from 6:00-8:00 p.m. on Wednesday, May 25, 2022. A short viewing will be held at the church, 990 Chapel Dr., Bountiful, UT., from 9:30 a.m.-10:30 a.m. on Thursday, May 26, 2022 where the funeral will follow at 11:00 a.m. Burial will be at Provo City Cemetery, 610 S. State Street, Provo, Utah at 2:30 p.m. following the funeral.
Services will be streamed live on the Russon Brothers Mortuary Facebook page and on this obituary page. The live stream will begin about 10-15 minutes prior to the service and will be posted below.