February 20, 2022
On February 20, 2022 the world lost one of the kindest, warmest and gentlest souls to heaven. David E. Hiatt who was born on April 28, 1968, a beautiful spring day, to Wendell and Josephine Hiatt. He was born in Elizabeth NJ and grew up between Elizabeth, NJ and Cana, Virginia. He resided in Jackson and in the last six months in Lanoka Harbor with his sister and caregiver Linda Schroeck-Connors. He went to heaven to reunite with his wife Donna Hiatt who he lost on October 16, 2018. His life has not been the same since Donna passed away. She took a big part of him with her. He’s mourned for her every minute of every day since she went home to heaven. David went above and beyond with everything and anything he did in life. You knew if you ever needed anything, even just an ear to listen, he would give you 110% of himself. He was selfless, always worried about taking care of everyone else before himself. He was a foreman at a metal fabrication company and put his heart and soul into his job. He would take pieces of scrap metal and turn them into works of art creating beautiful fire pits for the backyards of those lucky enough to receive those beautiful gifts. Gary Loveland, his boss and long time friend of twenty three years, as well as the rest of his co-workers became his second family. When he was forced into disability he was devastated to not be a part of that team everyday, although in his heart they will always be his family. From a young boy in high school David also loved woodworking and created many beautiful works of art for family and friends. He was gifted in creativity and loved working with his hands to change a simple piece of wood or metal into works of art. David and Donna shared a love and passion for bowling. They bowled on many leagues together through the years. David had the honor of seeing his name in lights at Ocean Lanes when he bowled a perfect 300 game so many strive for. He bowled a second one on his 51st birthday. If David wasn’t working or doing things with his family you could rest assured he would be at Ocean Lanes practicing. David would coach many people helping them to improve their bowling skills. He got the most joy watching the children he worked with improve and move into competitive bowling. He would be so proud of their accomplishments. When David was forced into disability he didn’t know how to sit still and relax and it was necessary to find important tasks for him that he loved. He worked with his nephew Joseph Schroeck to help him improve his game and with his brother in law James Connors to help him as well. It was amazing to see the significant improvement after just a few lessons. Both boasted of his talents and guidance. David was predeceased by his best friend and the love of his life Donna Hiatt in 2018, his mother, Josephine Hiatt (Schenesky) of Elizabeth in 1995 and his brother John A Hiatt of Matamoris, Pennsylvania in 2020. He is survived by his daughter Miranda Pyler and her husband Nicholas Pyler of Las Vegas Nevada, his daughter, Ashley Hiatt of Erie Pennsylvania, his daughter Tristan Hiatt of Johnstown, Pennsylvania, his daughter Ashley Cosmai and her husband Mike of Rolesville, North Carolina and his son John Fazzino and his wife Megan of Hazlet. He is also survived by his father Wendell Hiatt and his wife Dorothy of Cana Virginia, his sister Linda Schroeck-Connors and her husband James Connors of Lanoka Harbor, his sister Karen Crotts and her husband Ronnie Crotts of North Carolina as well as his sister Lisa Lawrence and her husband Fred Lawrence of New York. David is survived by eight grandchildren Ashlyn, Camry, Annabelle, Elena, Shane, Allyssa, Anthony and Anthony Joseph (AJ). He is also survived by step brothers Stacey Martin, David Martin, Brian Martin and Marty Hiatt all of Virginia. He leaves behind many nieces and nephews who will miss his warmth and wisdom. There will be a memorial service for David and Donna on Saturday February 26, 2022 from 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm at Forked River Funeral And Cremation Service, 1022 Lacey Road, Forked River, immediately followed by a repast at Yesterdays Restaurant, 938 Route 9 (south side), Bayville. A Facebook live feed will be available through the Forked River Funeral and Service from 1 pm to 3 pm. Cremation will be private and entrusted to Forked River Funeral and Cremation. In lieu of flowers please make donations to Northern Exposure Siberian Husky Rescue, PO Box 4224, Brick, NJ. 08723. A cause near and dear to his heart. Please follow recommended CDC guidelines.
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