Hatch Cummings Smith
July 05, 2013, 8:00 am by Staff Reports
In keeping with his proud heritage of cattlemen, Hatch worked as a boy for his father – cattle ranching or astride a horse. Summers and after school, Hatch worked for the family business, the Llano Livestock Auction, of which he took the helm.
Graduating in 1971 from Llano High School, and staying true to family tradition, he graduated from The University of Texas at Austin with a B.A. in business in 1975. While at The University, he was a member of the Silver Spurs and Sigma Alpha Epsilon Fraternity. Upon graduation, he married the love of his life Fraser Suttles of Houston.
Hatch served as director and president of both the National Livestock Marketing Association and the Livestock Marketing Association of Texas, director of Texas & Southwest Cattle Raisers Association, director of Llano Chamber of Commerce and board member and past president of Llano ISD.
No one enjoyed a good football game more than Hatch, whether he was on the field or on the sidelines. He was named to the All-State team in 1970, among many other sports accomplishments. He was inducted into the Llano Yellowjacket Hall of Fame, not once, but twice: in 2007 for his individual athletic accomplishments and in 2011 alongside his senior football team.
Hatch is survived by his wife Fraser; son Hatch Cummings Smith Jr. and wife Sarabeth Hirshfeld Smith of Dallas; daughter Katherine Suttles Smith and fiancé Daniel Francis Tuck of Melbourne, Australia; his mother Chu Chu Waltmon Smith of Llano; and many, many loving family members.
Preceded in death were Hatch’s father Damon Philip Smith Jr.;sister Diane Maxson Smith Ligon; brother Damon Philip Smith III; nephew Damon Philip Smith IV; and aunt and uncle Margie Smith Shurtz and Robert Shurtz.
Funeral service will be held at 2 p.m., Friday, July 19, 2013, at the First Baptist Church of Llano, followed by the graveside service at the Llano City Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, contributions in memory of Hatch may be made to Grace Episcopal Church, 1200 Oatman, Llano, TX 78643 or to The McCombs School of Business, Attention: Development and External Relations, 2110 Speedway, Mail Stop B6006, Austin, TX 78712. The memo line should read: Damon P. Smith III, Endowed Scholarship Fund.
Cremation and Memorial arrangements were made under the direction of Waldrope-Hatfield-Hawthorne Funeral Homes, Inc. Llano, Texas. E-mail condolences may be sent to email@example.com or you may log onto www.whhfuneralhome.com for online condolences.
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