John Robert Hatfield
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John Robert Hatfield
  • September 28, 1990 - October 14, 2017
  • Killeen, Texas

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On October 14th, 2017, Specialist John Robert Hatfield of the U.S. Army, a.k.a. "Sweet Pea," a.k.a. "Johnny Robin,", a.k.a. "John-John", passed away in Temple, Texas.

John graduated from Memorial High School, located in Houston, Texas/Spring Branch Independent School District. While in attendance there, he accomplished the ACT Academic Junior Achievement Award for exceeding the academic expectations in Science, Math, English, and History. John was an acolyte/Junior Verger for the parish he belonged to, namely St. Christopher's Episcopal Church in Houston, TX, all the way up to his graduation. He graduated with the class of 2009. After graduation, he immediately attended Houston Community College, enrolled in the Hospitality/Tourism Degree program for an Associates in Applied Science. He completed 60 College Semester credit hours while in attendance there from 2009-2012. Before/after graduation he was employed for Starbuck's as a Barista for 2yrs., thereafter he was employed for Caf Rose and Flora/Muse as a Chef for a short duration. In the year of 2012, he opted to enlist w/ the U.S. Army to become Special Forces. He entered the Service as a Private First Class, and exited the service as a Specialist. He pushed himself very hard to complete that mission, and accomplished graduating from Infantry school, and completing some Special Forces/Ranger training, as well, besides being a Paratrooper graduating from Ft. Benning, GA and being stationed at Ft. Bragg, N.C., then eventually transferred to Ft. Hood, TX, after marrying Haley Nicole Brown. While enlisted w/ the U.S. Army from 2012-2017, he received the Army Commendation Medal, the Army Achievement Medal, the Army Good Conduct Medal, the National Defense Service Medal, the Parachutist Badge, and the Expert Infantry Badge. John had the desire to be a Personal Fitness Trainer upon exiting the Service.

Prior to his death, he lost his Uncle Sergio Beltran, Aunt Maria Oralia Beltran, grandparents-Lino Beltran/Maria Leonor Garcia-Beltran, cousin Tami Martin, Grand Aunt Carol Raderstorf-McClain, Grand Uncle Charles Albert Raderstorf, Cousin Deborah McClain. His surviving family members are his wife-Haley Nicole Brown-Hatfield, son-Ronin Oliver Hatfield, father-Robert Edward Hatfield II, mother-Veronica Beltran-Hatfield, sister-Davina Phoenicia Hatfield, sister-Aryelle Natalee Hatfield, grandma-Barbara Jane Raderstorf-Hatfield, aunt-Charlene Marie Hatfield, grandpa-Robert Edward Hatfield I, step-grandma-Donna Marie Taylor-Hatfield, aunt-Petra Beltran-Wright, uncle-Wayne Wright, cousin Lino Garcia, aunt-Delores Beltran-Rosales, uncle-Anthony Rosales, cousin-Susan Rosales, uncle-John Beltran, cousin-Sabu Beltran, cousin-Hawk Beltran, cousin-Lisa Marie Cooper-Gomez, and cousin-Carrie Anne Cooper-Martin, uncle-George Beltran, uncle-Timothy Gonzales, aunt Linda Esmeralda Beltran-Gonzales, cousin-Danelle Gonzales, cousin-Weston Gonzales, cousin-Chance Gonzales, and cousin-Raleigh Gonzales. I wish to pay homage to Waltrip Funeral Home, St. Christopher's Episcopal Church, and the U.S. Army for rendering all the assistance they provided in operating this transition of life smoothly. John Robert Hatfield was beloved by all his family/friends, but most especially his parents, Robert Edward Hatfield II/Veronica Beltran-Hatfield, who lost their only son. John was not only multi-talented, but was renowned for his macabre/dry sense of humor that kept you on your toes, and enlightened a heavy mood.

Family and friends gathered and shared memories during a visitation from 5:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. on Thursday, October 26 at Waltrip Funeral Directors, 1415 Campbell Road in Houston, Texas.
Funeral services were 11:00 a.m. on Friday, October 27 in the sanctuary of St. Christopher's Episcopal Church, 1656 Blalock Road in Houston, The Reverend Robert P. Goolsby officiated.
Interment followed at Woodlawn Garden of Memories, 1101 Antoine Drive, also in Houston, with Military Honors rendered by members of the United States Army Honor Guard, the Blue Star Mother's and members of the Houston Texas Patriot Guard Riders.