Gaylen A. Hatton

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Gaylen A. Hatton was born on October 4, 1928 to Glen A. Hatton and Eva Pearl Wolfe Hatton. On August 6, 1958, Gaylen married his sweetheart ballerina, Marianne Johnson in the Salt Lake Temple. Together they raised four children.

His musical career began at the age of four, drumming with his parent's jazz band. Hatton continued to develop his abilities and career, taking a short break from 1951 to 1953 in order to serve his country in the Armed Forces. He served in Germany and France.

After returning from his military service, Hatton resumed his musical career and studies. In 1954, he graduated with a master's degree in music from Brigham Young University. Nearly a decade later, in 1963, he completed his PhD in composition at the University of Utah.

Over the span of his career, Hatton built an eclectic resume, performing throughout the country and with a number of organizations. His credits include eight seasons with the Utah Symphony Orchestra (playing French horn under Maestro Maurice Abravanel), the Sacramento Symphony, and the orchestra for Ballet West. Hatton taught at BYU, the University of Utah, and California State University-Sacramento. His commissions include those from the Barlow Endowment for Music Composition and the National Endowment for the Arts.

During his lifetime, Hatton received orchestral commissions from several prestigious ensembles including the Utah Symphony Orchestra, Sacramento Symphony, Sacramento Civic Ballet, Rire-Woodbury Dance Company, the National Endowment for the Arts, and many others.

Hatton was selected as a member of the Utah Arts Council Music Committee and the General Music Committee for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

Hatton was devoted to the church, and served throughout his life. His church service included being a bishop, a branch president, chorister, organist, and Primary pianist. He served, with his wife, as an ordinance worker in the Jordan River Temple.

He passed away on February 8, 2008.

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