THOMAS BEATTY HIRSCHI
08/23/2021

Thomas Beatty Hirschi passed away on Aug. 23, 2021, at his home in Hurricane.  Tommy was born on June 18, 1944, in Long Beach, California to Merlin C. & Lola Beatty Hirschi, both of whom were from the Hurricane area.  Tom and his older sister Barbara returned to Hurricane with his mother when his father went to Japan with the Army during WWII.  His father returned when he was discharged following the war.  His grandfathers helped to build the Hurricane Canal that brought water onto the Hurricane bench.  Tom’s father Merlin was killed in a tragic accident in 1955 when he was just 10 years old.  Lacking a father’s companionship and guidance made for a rather rambunctious adolescence but he didn’t stray from his core values.  He had many role models that made a big difference in his life at this time including Richard Lee, Keith Tobler, coaches James Robertson and Don Lay, Jack Lemmon and later Marlin Gifford.

Tom played football and baseball through his junior year, basketball his freshmen & Sophomore years and wrestled his junior year.  His senior year he stopped playing sports to work at Lemmon’s Phillips 66 to help give support to his father-less family. He did play doubles in tennis his senior year with a good friend Wes Cannon.

Shortly after graduating from HHS Tom married Kaye Wright, daughter of Cal & Zona Wright, and they lived in Hurricane, Springdale, Las Vegas and Salt Lake City from 1965-1976. While in Salt Lake City Tom experienced a mighty change of heart and became active in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.  Shortly after returning to Hurricane Tom and Kaye were sealed in the St. George temple with their oldest five children.  They returned to Hurricane so Tom could intern for Keith Tobler as the town barber.  They eventually had eight children.

Tom resumed coaching little league baseball in 1977.  In 1978 he was one of the founders of the Hurricane Little league football where he also coached for many years.  He began driving bus for Washington County School District in 1981 to supplement his barber income to support his growing family. He has driven thousands of elementary, intermediate, middle school and high school students hundreds of thousands of miles in his bus.  He remembered most of them by name and could recite their genealogy as they said hello to him throughout the community.  He not only drove the activity bus for HHS which ended after 7 pm each weeknight but he also drove many of the sports and other activities on out-of-town events for 31 years until he retired in 2011. He announced the varsity football and basketball games at HHS for many years.  During the late 1980’s and 1990’s he served on the City Planning Commission, the Washington County Fair Board which was still held in downtown Hurricane and the Peach Day’s committee for the last 21 years.

Following a valiant 20-year battle with Lupus Kaye passed away Feb. 20, 2000.  Shortly thereafter Tom married Kitty Marie Payton Campbell on Oct. 4, 2000.  They have spent the last 21 years loving and taking great care of each other and traveling the western United States while visiting children and grandchildren.  Both Kaye and Kitty were great supports to Tom’s civic service.  Tom was elected to the City Council in 2000 and then served three terms as Hurricane City Mayor from 2002-2014. While Mayor he served on the Washington County Water Conservancy Board for 9 years and as Chairman of the Washington County Mayor association for 12 years.  One of the great legacies that he will be known for while serving as Mayor is when he called one of his boyhood hero’s Jimmy Judd, who was the catcher on the 1956 state championship team, to ask him to donate money for lights for the new HHS baseball and softball fields.

In 2014-15 Tom and Kitty served two consecutive summers as missionaries for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints in the Rapid City South Dakota Mission assigned to Willies Sixth Crossing.  Returning from their second summer Tom had open heart surgery and has been on dialysis for the last six years. Tom retired from barbering in 2018 choosing to spend his time supporting family and working on his family ranch of seven generations at the Big Plains with his uncle Waldo Hirschi, his brother Richard, his cousins Van Kleinman and Doug Hirschi, his sons and grandchildren.  Tom served actively in various callings and responsibilities in the Church, most recently at the Hurricane Valley Family History Center and as Assistant Stake Historian.

Tom is survived by his wife Kitty, his eight children and her five children and their spouses: David (Dixie) Hirschi, Michael (Kristine) Hirschi, Toni (Derek Imlay), Steven (Julie) Hirschi, Amanda (Jeff Borden), Richard (Sara) Hirschi, Natalie (Dusty Jacobsen), Matthew (Nannette) Hirschi, Jason (Jana) Campbell, Jenny (Joel Vossler), Clay (Gail) Campbell, Hannah (Kris Ripplinger) and Flint Campbell, siblings Richard (Ruth) Hirschi and Paula Hirschi Arriola, mother in-law Avon Payton.  Tom and Kitty have 59.67 grandchildren and 28 great-grandchildren.  He is preceded in death by his parents Merlin C. Hirschi, Lola Beatty Hirschi Campbell, stepfather Keith M. Campbell, his in-laws Calvin and Zona Wright, his first wife of 35 years Kaye Wright, two sisters Barbara Spendlove and Vera Hirschi and in-laws Rondo and Kathy Wright and Kelly Dutton.

There will be visitation on Friday, August 27, 2021, 5:00 – 8:00 pm at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Hurricane Utah Stake, 650 S 700 W, Hurricane, Utah.

A second visitation will be held on Saturday, August 28, 2021, 9:30 – 10:30 am at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Hurricane Utah Stake, 650 S 700 W, Hurricane, Utah.

The Funeral service will be on Saturday, August 28, 2021, 11:00 am at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Hurricane Utah Stake, 650 S 700 W, Hurricane, Utah.

Interment will be in the Hurricane City Cemetery.

Arrangements are made under the direction of Spilsbury Mortuary, 110 S Bluff Street, St. George, Utah. 435-673-2454. Family and friends are invited to sign Thomas’s online guest book at www.spilsburymortuary.com

 

Services

Visitation

5:00 – 8:00 pm
08/27/2021

Second Visitation

9:00 -10:30 am
08/28/2021

Services

11:00 am
08/28/2021

Address

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints
Hurricane Utah Stake,
650 S 700 W, Hurricane, Utah

Cemetery

08/28/2021
Hurricane City Cemetery
225 E 600 N, Hurricane, UT

Guest Book

35 Responses

  1. Tom will be missed by so many. He left behind a beautiful legacy. A man who loved his family, a friend to many and he loved his town. Our condolences to all of the family.

  2. Tom was such a shining example of service. Never a dull moment when Tom was around. Thank you Tom for taking such great care of our children on the bus, you always made the bus rides to school and from school a pleasure for them. Thank you for taking such great care of our grandchildren on the bus always calling them by name AND never forgetting their name even as the years have past and they have grown up.
    Our beautiful city is a better place because of the unselfish service you have provided.
    Blessing of peace and comfort to your sweet family! You deserve a rest.
    RIP Our Friend,
    Greg and Michelle

  3. It’s hard to express how much we love Tom. He was my best friend. I will miss you, I will miss my haircuts, and I will miss our chats – our conversations regarding religion and country. I love you Tom and so does Deb. God bless you, rest in peace and say hi to all of our people in Heaven.
    Prayers and love to all of the family.
    RIP until we meet again,
    Larry and Debbie Lemmon

  4. We met Tom and Kitty on there second summer mission at 6th Crossing in 2015 they were our neighbors next to our camper. Tom was a friend to all and was the barber 💈 on the mission.We repaid him with Dr Pepper for the hair cut and a great massage. Even though we only knew him a short time he served well as a good friend and great person to all who he became acquainted with. Bless your family and all that will miss you we will see you one day.
    Pat and Gary

  5. My wife and I wish to express our condolences to the Tom Hirschi family. We think Tom served an exemplary life and was a great example of community service. Hurricane City Will be a much better place because of Tom’s service. We got to know Tom while he apprenticed at Keith’s Barbershop. I also had many haircuts at Tom’s Clip Joint!
    We and Hurricane as well as the family will miss him. 🥰
    Love Bruce & LaDean Church

  6. Love you Tom. So many great memories with you great times hunting, playing softball and talking politics. I’ll miss you my friend.

  7. A true patriarch to the Hurricane area, I remember my dad taking me to his barber shop and sitting in the chair as a kid and staring at the huge bucks on the wall. Tom was also one of my buss drivers for several years, he would always offer big red gum if he had any, and he wasn’t afraid to make sure that brake peddle worked when the kids started to get rambunctious.
    His presence will be missed by many. A truly remarkable figure. My condolences to the family.

  8. Tom drove us to many basketball and football games and stayed up with us to play many game of hearts with Lynn Christensen, Larry Esplin and me. We have many fond memories of our time with Tom. I will miss him.

  9. What a beautiful and full life! I feel so blessed to not only have known Tom, but to be able to call him family. Hirschi family, may the love and memories in your hearts ease some of the sorrow that comes with losing someone so loved.

  10. I am proud to call Tom my second cousin. He is a good man who always seemed to be happy to see me which made me feel good. I believe he is in Paradise!

  11. Tom, never a dull family get together. Never a horrible time huking hay. Spirit and love for everyone is was I experienced from Tom. Love you and I know you are with family with open arms. 🙏❤️ You are a rare breed, thank you for your understanding and patience.

  12. Tom was a great guy I remember sitting in his customer chair while my dad Boyd was getting his hair cut he would shoot the breeze with me and my dad. He was an awesome guy. Also he was a good at noticing other people coming in his shop he didn’t hesitate of letting people know how long his wait was going to be.

  13. God bless this beautiful family. Our little community is in mourning right now. A piece of our history is gone. You were such an amazing person always so humble and kind. We miss your Barber shop my husband used to get his hair cut by you. Thank you Tom for your service to us all in many different ways. It broke our hearts when you passed. We will miss you and the way you Loved our community. Hurricane lost a great man.

  14. My life is better because Tom was a part of it for the years I lived in Hurricane. I appreciated the fact that he never minced words, and I knew where I stood with Tom.
    He has added to the great legacy that is part of Hurricane’s history. Thank you, Tom, for all you did out of your love for Hurriane and its people.

  15. Tom was a great bus driver for my brother every time some one would stand up on his bus he would tell them to sit down and then say that’s a good boy/girl. He never hesitate to put anyone way he he would always put people before him

  16. I Met Tom In April 00 Coming From New jersey We Had Countless talks On Many Supjects We Had Lunch Away From Town At Times Looking At The Valley & Learning About the Early Settlers Religon Sports family & Of Course Politics I will Miss Him Very Much Carole Ann & George Strutzel Wish His Family well & May He RIP Always Enjoy Your New Life Tom With Kay & Your Sisters & Parents & Love Ones God Bless All Of your Family Always
    George Strutzel Jr

  17. When we were in high school I went to Hurricane for my senior year. Tom was like my big brother. I remember spending summers at Grandpa Beatty’s house in Toquerville. Again Tom was like a big brother. I miss him very much. God bless you Tom. I am sure you are riding horses with my dad Park, his dad and grandpa Walt.

  18. Don’t know if anyone loved Hurricane more than Tom . I always enjoyed my conversations with him. He was always upbeat and poaitive about life. He will be missed.

  19. So sorry to hear of Tom’s passing. He was such a generous-hearted man toward everyone. I taught Matt at HHS and new Tom also from working for Hurricane Valley Journal. He was always so kind and supportive, and I had great respect for him. My thoughts are with his family.

  20. It’s hard to imagine life in Hurricane without Tom. I’ve had the privilege of living next to the Keith and Lola Campbell family for almost 50 years. They took us into their family circle and called us one of their own. Tom was the best, because he learned from the best! Tom is what Hurricane is all about and there will never be anyone who loves this community more than him. He is “Mr Hurricane.” Our deepest love and condolences go to his beautiful Kitty, and all you good kids. We love you all. Mike and Becky Wheeler Hugs:(

  21. My first recollection of Tom was sitting in his barbershop where I enjoyed the
    comradery and various discussions. Over the years an appreciation of Tom’s
    character and devotion to his family and city was gained. Thank you Tom for being
    the person you are and enhancing my life.

  22. Our condolences to all of you. Tom will be missed by so many. He had a great impact on Hurricane City and will be remembered for the many contributions he made.

  23. Tom and I go back many years when I first moved to Hurricane. I think it was 1978 and we put on the High School rodeo. It was tramactic and we both learned from this experience. Tom was Hurricane! A great community mabe from the sweat and sacrifice of our forefathers. for our family’s and for it’s great History! He gave so much and served so well! I will miss our conversations and seeing him on facebook. Go rest high on that Mountain! And now you meet all those precious generations!

  24. We will miss Tom and are so happy to live in the beautiful community he so loving help to build. We express our love and heartfelt support for the family he left behind. Put in a good word for us
    Tom we will try to carry on where you left off.

  25. Tom will be missed very much by Tick and Mary. Kitty, we want you to know how much we love you. Our hearts break for you. You married into such a wonderful family. That Hirschi family is something else. It is always said that when a man is successful, he has a good wife behind him. Don’t ever forget that Kitty. Tom loved you a lot and he always said that to people. Love you Kitty. May the good Lord bless you with comfort and everything you need.

  26. Tom was always respectful and willing to listen when dealing with city business. I appreciated him. My son was an engineer at Rosenberg Engineering and had great respect for Tom. Hurricane will miss him and his big smile.

  27. We loved you guys as we shared our mission. Kitty, we pray for you. Thanks for serving all of us in this Washington County area. Don loved Tom’s haircuts.

  28. I truly enjoyed knowing Tom these past 20 years. He was surely loved by all. I was able to get to know him through my Uncle Keith Campbell marring Lola Hirschi. My parents knew Lola and Her first husband when they were all younger and newly married. I met Tom and his sisters and loved seeing them serving and caring so much for this Hurricane City. I had the privilege of working with Tom and Kitty while I worked in the office at the School Bus Yard. I enjoyed talking to them on the radio and heard all of the great comments regarding them as drivers. I was able to attend the great services for Tom and so impressed by all of the love and good times that were expressed. It was a great tribute to a very good man and his family. My prayers are with all of you at this time. May God Bless You.

  29. Tom was always a willing friend to help out, whatever needed to be done. On our Mission to
    Sixth Crossing is where we became good friends. May Kittie and family be comforted in these days to come.Love from Craig and Joyce Brown, fellow Missionary family.

  30. Dear Kitty,
    John and I were so sad to hear of the passing of your husband and our dear friend Tom. We are praying for you during this difficult time. What a great man he was with so many talents. A great cook! We still remember milk can dinners. YUM As we served with him at Martin’s Cove we were amazed how he was always upbeat, happy and kind to everyone. We will miss him GREATLY!

  31. Dear Kitty,
    John and I were so sad to hear of the passing of your husband and our dear friend Tom. We are praying for you during this difficult time. What a great man he was with so many talents. A great cook! We still remember milk can dinners. YUM As we served with him at Martin’s Cove we were amazed how he was always upbeat, happy and kind to everyone. We will miss him GREATLY!

  32. Oh Sister Hirshi, we were so sorry to learn of Brother Hirshi’s death. We remember the good times on our mission at Sixth Crossing. He was so ambitious, and so friendly. May the Lord be with you, and comfort your family at this time. Love you.

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