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Capt. Arthur W. "Art" Hiatt, 49, passed in his sleep Friday, August 16, 2013, in Los Angeles, California, while traveling for work. Art was born October 10, 1963, in Blufton, Indiana, the son of Norma Jean Lawler and Arthur R. Hiatt.
He graduated from Center Grove High School in 1982 and from Purdue University School of Aviation Technology in 1986. Following in the footsteps of his father and grandfather, Art achieved his lifelong dream of becoming a pilot. He flew both privately and commercially before spending the majority of his career with FedEx. As a captain of the MD11 aircraft, he flew internationally for nearly 18 years.
Art married his best friend and love of his life, Janet Youngblood, on October 10, 1998. Together they shared a love of travel, appreciated gatherings with dear friends, and enjoyed spending time at their lake house. They were blessed with two beautiful daughters, Julia (12) and Audrey (9). Art cherished his children, and never missed an opportunity to be with them.
Loved by all who met him, Art always had a smile on his face and the ability to make people laugh. He was a person of generous spirit, giving much time and energy to different children’s charities through FedEx and in the Indianapolis area. Art was an exceptional father, husband, son and pilot.
He is survived by his adoring wife, Janet; his daughters, Julia and Audrey; mother, Norma Jean Lawler of Indianapolis; sister, Wendy Hiatt of Indianapolis; father, Arthur (Carol) Hiatt of Punta Gorda, FL; aunt, Peggy (Gene) Wellman of Glendale, AZ; in-laws, John and Judy Youngblood of Columbus; and sister-in-law, Jennifer Youngblood of Columbus.
A celebration of Art’s life will be held on Saturday, August 24, 2013, from 1 to 5 p.m., with a memorial tribute at 3 p.m., at Coxhall Gardens, 2000 W. 116th Street, Carmel, IN 46032.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Chase Bank for the Hiatt children’s college funds. More information can be found at Flanner and Buchanan-Carmel, www.flannerbuchanan.com. Friends and family are welcome to sign Art’s guest book online.