George Warren Hatch, Sr.

February 20, 1932 - September 29, 2016
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It was a dark and stormy night when George “Coach” Hatch was born in New Orleans, Louisiana. Well, it might not have been stormy, but it was certainly dark outside. The youngest son of a Lyke’s steamship captain and his Scottish wife, he spent several years in Louisiana and eventually some time in New York City before the family moved to Galveston.

At a young age, George was involved with athletics. Whether it was stickball with others in the street or football, he had a love of sports and teamwork. He played American Legion baseball as part of the “East End Rattlers” along with football and basketball at Ball High. Apparently, his pitching was so good that he was to be drafted out of high school to play professional baseball, but his father said his education was more important. He began college at Baylor University but graduated from the University of Houston with a Master’s Degree in Education. He was part of a national championship basketball team at Wharton County Junior College.

He served honorably during the Korean War although he was never deployed from his base in Alaska. “Coach” Hatch began teaching and coaching at Aldine High School, eventually returning to become a Football Coach/Trainer as well as Head Basketball Coach at Ball High. He was colorful, flamboyant, and everyone had a story to tell about him. If he coached you, you were a “Hamburger” and he was one tough disciplinarian —just ask one of his kids!

If you grew up in Galveston during the 60’s-70’s, he likely taught you health education, how to parallel park or drive, and how to swim or dive at the Seahorse Hotel pool. Funny thing is, he was not the best driver or the strongest swimmer. It definitely made us laugh!

He is preceded in death by his father, Captain Giles Hatch; mother Nancy; brothers, Andy and Dick; as well as his youngest son, Jeff.

He is survived by his son, George W. Hatch, Jr. and wife Liz; daughter, Kelly Pacini and husband, Paul; grandchildren: Krysta Pacini, Kyle Pacini and wife, Kristin, and Ainsley Hatch; and great grandchildren, Camdyn Pacini and Kinley Pacini.

George’s family will receive visitors from 11:00 am to 1:00 pm on Monday, October 3, 2016 at Malloy & Son Funeral Home. Funeral service will be at 1:00 pm, led by Deacon Joe Hensley, and burial will follow at Forest Park East Cemetery in Webster.

Pallbearers will be Jeff Hayes, Mike Wisko, John Taylor, Kyle Pacini, Paul Pacini, and George Hatch, Jr.

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Date: Monday, October 3, 2016

Time: 11:00 am - 1:00 pm

Malloy & Son Funeral Home


3028 Broadway
Galveston, TX 77550

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Service Information

Date: Monday, October 3, 2016

Time: 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Malloy & Son Funeral Home


3028 Broadway
Galveston, TX 77550

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Date: Monday, October 3, 2016

Time: 2:15 pm

Forest Park East


21620 Gulf Freeway, Webster, TX, 77598

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Born: February 20, 1932
Died: September 29, 2016

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Debbie Reid Vaughn posted on 11/30/-1

So Sorry for your Loss.


Rick Carlson posted on 11/30/-1

George, My Mom called me tonight and told me the news. Sorry to hear this and please accept my deepest condolences. Rich


Cissy Matthews posted on 11/30/-1

George, I'm so sorry for your loss. It doesn't matter how old we get, it's always difficult when one of our parents passes. You and your family are in my prayers. Let me know if there is anything I can do.


Audra Chapmon (Volunteer) posted on 11/30/-1

I would like to express my heartfelt sympathy to the family for the loss of your dear George. I hope that you will find comfort in the words of Jesus at John 5:28,29 where he promised that the day is coming when he is going to resurrect those in the grave. Until then, it is just like they are sleeping. (John 11:11-13) May your family draw strength from Jehovah, the God of all Comfort.


Jim and Carolyn Atkins posted on 11/30/-1

George, it is always difficult to lose a parent. You and your family are in our thoughts and prayers as you go through this sadness. We are here if you need anything. Love, Jim and Carolyn


Suzi Wade Elderman posted on 11/30/-1

Heaven is so lucky to have such a loving and happy hearted at life with love...suzi wade elderman..class of 68..still the greatest of the great...


Daniel E. Jordan Jr. posted on 11/30/-1

One of the last few of great men from my childhood. My condolences to all the family.