November 2, 1946 ~ September 7, 2020 (age 73)

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John Michael Hyatt passed peacefully in his sleep, at his home on September 7, 2020. His wife, Susan was right beside him. 

John was born on November 2, 1946 in Oklahoma City, OK and spent in his early years there. Paul Henry Hyatt, John’s father, was a successful geologist and Dorothy Merrill (Sturmer) was a teacher. When City Services asked Paul to relocate to Midland, TX, he and Dorothy packed up the family and headed to Texas. John spent his adolescence and teenage years in Midland. John was preceded in death by both of his parents.

John spent a couple of years in the Army and when discharged attended the University of Texas in El Paso. He loved to write and thought journalism might be his future. Paul and Dorothy relocated to Alamogordo, NM and while visiting them, John fell in love with the entire New Mexico culture. He returned many times to visit & vacation. When given the opportunity to pick their wedding destination, he selected Santa Rosa. 

Turned out his calling was even more creative than journalism. John was able to channel his gifts through several mediums. He dabbled in stain glass for a while but found his true talent was working with wood. John went on to design and build some of the most beautiful and impressive decks in the OKC and surrounding area. His company, DeckMasters LLC, was very successful and kept him almost too busy for many years.

Susan helped him learn to enjoy a few other aspects of life, including his new family in Northwest Arkansas. Susan’s family loved John from the start of their journey together and welcomed him into their lives. John was appreciative of the knowledge that someday Susan would “turn into her mother” as Shirley Gay immediately became one of his favorite people.  

There were five children born to Paul & Dorothy Hyatt and all four of John’s siblings are suffering the heartache of losing their brother. Marilyn (married to Don Mansfield), Bill Hyatt (and his Mary), Sally (married to Kevin Melon) and Dixie (married to James Hendricks). There are many nieces and nephews that will also greatly miss their Uncle John.

No one will miss John more than his loving wife, Susan.  John and Susan were blessed to have many friends that are now rallying to support her, some near and some far, but all holding them both in their hearts. Our family would also like to express our heart felt appreciation to our Integris hospice team; Judy, Kristy, Beverly and David, your professionalism and support was incredible. 

Due to this dreadful and unpredictable time, there is no service being held.

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