The author of the beloved children song, Follow the Prophet, had passed away on May 22, 2020. According to the family, he passed away Sunday afternoon surrounded by his family.

The composer’s son wrote on his father’s website, “We are grateful for his influence in our lives and while we will miss him intensely, we are grateful for his life and example.”

Before passing away, his wife Sharon Hiatt also shared her testimony about eternal families on a letter for her children:

“The greatest comfort in all this is that we know mortal life was never intended to be a career, but rather that it is part of the eternal life cycle of our being,” she wrote. “It is like the cocoon stage of a butterfly, where we were something before with the promise of becoming something even greater after the metamorphosis.  Earth life is that metamorphic stage.  Our Creator is aware of us, involved as we invite Him to be, to lead us and guide us to the wonders awaiting after.  I know this to be true, and Duane and I feel His hand and His love even more during this part of our journey as Duane prepares to pass on to the next part.  We have always defined ourselves, not by our challenges, but by our blessings, and Oh! we have so many!  We laugh a lot, we hug often, and we wish the social distancing were over so we could just be with everyone.” 

In his obituary, it states that “Duane Hiatt lived his life for riches. Not the riches of this earth, but those of eternity. His full life consisted of honing his talents, serving others and blessing his large posterity.”

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