With great sadness, we announce the death of our beloved son, brother, grandson, nephew, cousin and friend Steven Garrett Hatton. Steven suffered the past year from depression and had been struggling to find his path in life. He lost the battle in Davis on Jan. 28, 2013, at the age of 20.
Steve was a math whiz and loved his physics classes and online computer gaming. He grew up in West San Jose and attended Magic Years Preschool, John Muir Elementary, Miller Middle and Lynbrook High School, Class of 2010. He finished two years at UC Davis. Steve was active in AYSO64 youth soccer, Cupertino Hoops basketball and Little League baseball (Cupertino American). In high school, he participated in men’s volleyball and was a proud Funky Monkey of the Lynbrook Robotics Club. He also enjoyed bowling and golf.
While nowhere near complete, we would like to acknowledge a few special people who were a positive influence on Steven’s too-short life — the Magic Years family, especially Nelly, Mariella and Alba; his baseball coach, mentor and friend Craig Morton; his basketball and soccer coaches, Robin Young and Mark Arrouzet; his longtime friends Nick Soltero and Evan Short; his high school buddies, Tony Ho, Matt Hong, Leonard Peng, Lawrence Lee, Toshi Tachibana, and Kevin Gan; and his college roommate, Kevin Zhang.
Steven is survived by his parents Christopher and Brenda Hatton; sisters Rebecca and Laura Hatton; grandmothers Valerie Hatton of Los Altos and Joyce Busch of Monroe City, Mo.; uncles Curt Hatton of San Jose, Trent Busch (Ronda) of Muscatine, Iowa, Robert Hatton (Carol) of Monterey; aunts Lere Busch of Monroe City, Mo., and Mona Stolz (Rick) of Orangevale. Cousins include Sandrina Stolz and Larayne Claussen of Orangevale, Aimee Busch of Manhattan, Kan., Carrie Lupton (Greg) of Davenport, Iowa, Nick (Jess) Busch and Carl Busch of Cedar Rapids, Iowa, and Mark Busch of Tarzana. He was preceded in death by his grandfathers Jack Hatton (2004) and Albert Busch (2012).
Private services have been held. Online remembrances can be left on his Facebook page, HawaiiFiveOh13. “Book ’em, Danno.”