Jack B. Hatton

Jack B. Hatton

September 20th, 1995 September 24th, 2019

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Obituary for Jack B. Hatton

Jack Hatton, a rising judo star who had dreams of competing at the Olympics, died suddenly this week. He was 24.

The USA judo team announced the martial art athlete’s “unexpected passing” in a statement on their website on Wednesday, but did not disclose how Hatton died.

“It is with extremely heavy hearts that USA Judo announces the unexpected passing of USA Judo national team member, Jack Hatton,” the organization wrote. “We extend our sincere condolences to the Hatton Family, and Jack’s teammates, coaches and friends.”

“Jack was one of America’s top judo players and was a multi-time medalist for USA Judo in various competitions across the globe,” the judo team continued. “Jack made an indelible mark on all who had the pleasure of knowing him, and he will not be forgotten. We grieve with the entire USA Judo and international judo community during this tough time.”

atton, who went by “Judo Jack”, first decided to try judo when he was 5-years-old after being inspired by his father and brother, who are both black belts, according to his Facebook bio.

He began his training at the Jason Morris Judo Center and San Jose State University, but it wasn’t long before he was earning berths to Jr. World Championships, winning the Jr. US Open three years in a row, and medaling at the Sr. Nationals at the age of 17.

Since 2015, Hatton has trained at Pedro’s Judo Center in Wakefield, Massachusetts, where he has been coached by two-time Olympic Medalist Jimmy Pedro, his bio states.

While under Pedro’s leadership, the athlete won both the Nationals and El Salvador World Cup in his first year as a senior, placed first in the Quebec Open, Argentina World Cup, Chile World Cup, and won several national-level competitions. Hatton was also a two-time Grand Prix Medalist and helped prepare the 2016 Olympic team for the games.

In a statement on the training center’s Instagram, Pedro noted how Hatton was “pursuing his dream of becoming a member of the 2020 Olympic Team” before his “untimely” death.

“Along with being a top US Judo athlete, Jack was kind-hearted, caring and an all-around great person. He was a true role model for students at our dojo and judoka all over the country,” he said of Hatton, who was described as “one of our students, teammates, brothers, and friends.”

“He will be deeply missed by all of us at Pedro’s Judo Center and the rest of the judo world,” Pedro added, before providing a helpline for anyone who is “struggling with depression or their mental health.”

Many of the judo star’s friends and family have used the platform to share their fondest memories of Hatton, as well as advocate for more attention to mental health in sports.

“You were a truly remarkable person and I will miss you incredibly. You will never be forgotten and will go down in history as one of US Judo’s absolute greatest human beings,” wrote one person. “Rest in peace brother, love you and look forward to seeing you again one day.”

“Not only was he an inspiration and a great athlete, but he was also a very good human being who will be missed and remembered,” added someone else. “It is very sad that in sports we sometimes forget that athletes are essentially humans who need our help and attention just like anybody else.”

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Mary Bunch

Mark and Marie, please accept my condolences. Jack was such a great kid. I
remember him very well from baseball. He was a great athlete. I tried to occasionally follow his impressive Judo career. He had such potential. I am so sorry, what a horrible tragedy.
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Peter Fentum

I never knew Jack, but here in Toronto we're simply heartbroken to read about the passing of this fine young man, lost too young. I have three sons not too much older than Jack! It hurts. We are so deeply saddened and are grieving with you, up here in Canada. God Bless you all!
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My heart was caught when I saw you lost your son Jack and I wanted to send my warmest condolences to the family. To lose such a beautiful child, a part of you, can bring such overwhelming grief and our words may not help but Jesus assures us at John 5:28,29 that you will have your son in your life once again without the pain we see today. Until God’s promises come true may every good thought, every memory of the love you felt, flood and overtake you with calm and peace to help you through the dark moments. Please go to for more encouraging scriptures and videos to help heal your broken heart 💔 Sue
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Karen Nydegger

Our deepest condolences to Maria and Mark and the family. The fond memories we have of Jack in the Burnt Hills schools and local sports (he was a great catcher on the Charlton Black Sox) have come flooding back and have dominated our conversations.
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Ed G

Mark: my sincerest condolences. I met you and the boys at Jason Morris years ago and can't say enough good things about you and the boys.
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