‘Tom’ Hiatt

Island City, 1936-2019

Thomas Glen “Tom” Hiatt, 83, of Island City, died Oct. 25, 2019, at Grande Ronde Hospital in La Grande.

There will be a viewing from 1 p.m. to 1:45 p.m. Friday, Nov. 8, at Loveland Funeral Chapel in La Grande, followed by a funeral at 2 p.m.

Tom was born on Sept. 4, 1936, at La Grande to Merlin and Arleta (Colt) Hiatt. He resided in La Grande and Island City. He also lived across the U.S. from Cary, North Carolina, and back over 70 different locations being transferred for various work projects.

He graduated from La Grande High School in 1955 then attended Gonzaga University, studying managerial skills and economics. He married his one true love, Marilyn Anne Westenberg, on Dec. 4, 1955.

Tom was employed with the Union Pacific Railroad, as a lumber worker advancing to management with Boise Cascade, and numerous other companies in the wood industry. He was an avid outdoorsman, hunting, fishing, camping, owned race horses and enjoyed spending time with family, especially grandsons and great grandchildren.

Tom was a longtime member of the Elks and Eagles and was a board member of the Union County Senior Center. Tom received many different awards and acknowledgments for profitability and achievement at different mills.

He also received various awards for shooting, including muzzle loader, volunteer work for the senior center or anyone who needed help. He physically worked harder than most, even after retirement.

Survivors include his children, Anthony R. Hiatt (Gwen) of Baker City, and Tootie Anne Hiatt (Leon Lund) of Island City; grandsons, Michael J. Hiatt of Idaho and Andrew “Wes” Craigmile (Whitney) of Madras; companion, Carol Gunnells of La Grande; sister, Merlarae Bonar of Newport; brothers, Alvin Hiatt of La Grande and Eldon Hiatt of Washington.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Marilyn; parents, Merlin and Arleta; and brother, Jerald Dewayne Hiatt.

Online condolences may be made to the family at www.lovelandfuneralchapel.com

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