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Death: Halene Joyce Brinton Hiatt ""Master Teacher""

Wife of John Hiatt, who so lovingly cared for her during her illness, went to her Heavenly Father October 19, 1997 following a courageous two-and-a-half year battle with cancer.

During this time she was an inspiration to all who knew her, for her undying faith and optimism. She brought magic and meaning to the hundreds of children who were blessed to have this energetic, passionate woman as their teacher. Her children's choruses have become legendary throughout the Salt Lake area. She always gave her all to her beloved "children." She was such a tremendous influence for the good in their lives, that she will always be remembered.Halene attended West High School, where she was student body secretary. Her outstanding singing voice won her leading roles in many musicals there. She continued singing and entertaining throughout her years at the U of U where she graduated in elementary education. She went on to BYU, where she was soloist with the BYU concert chorus.

During her many years of dedicated teaching, she taught at Jackson, Whittier, Washington, Lowell, Newman, Matheson, Ensign, Parent Co-op and Bonneville Schools.

Governor Leavitt declared May 8th 1997, as Halene Hiatt day in honor of her outstanding achievements. She was a faithful member of the LDS Church.

Halene is survived by her beloved husband John, sons Jeffrey and Tony, wonderful grandson Graeson Hiatt. Mother Anna Brinton, sisters Leann Koncar and Connie (Paul) Manwill, brother Marty (Peigi) Brinton; father and mother-in-law, Larry and Ruth Hiatt.

Preceded in death by father, Harold Brinton, brother Hal and sister Barbara.

Halene's Life Celebration Service is 12 Noon, Saturday, October 25. Friends may call Friday, October 24, 6 to 8 p.m. and Saturday 10:30 to 11:45 a.m. prior to services, at the Bonneville Stake Center, 1535 E. Bonneview Dr., SLC, UT.

The family wishes to express their gratitude to the students, parents and staff of Bonneville school, as well as the caring nurses and doctors of LDS Hospital and the hundreds of others who have been so helpful and loving during her illness.

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