James “Jim” Hiatt

May 21, 1967 - January 16, 2024

05/21/1967 - 01/16/2024

Past Services

Saturday January 20, 2024
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Altmeyer Funeral Home - Maestas Chapel
1801 Baltic Avenue
Virginia Beach, VA 23451
(757) 428-1112 | Directions
Funeral Service
Sunday January 21, 2024
9:30 am - 10:00 am
Altmeyer Funeral Home - Maestas Chapel
1801 Baltic Avenue
Virginia Beach, VA 23451
(757) 428-1112 | Directions
Sunday January 21, 2024
11:00 am
Forest Lawn Cemetery
8100 Granby Street
Norfolk, Virginia 23505

It is with deep sorrow that we announce the sudden passing of James Hiatt on January 16, 2024, at the age of 56.
Born on May 21, 1967, he was the son of Janet (nee Eisert) and John Hiatt. Brother to Jeff and Nell Ann Hiatt. Uncle to Alison and Melissa Hiatt.
James leaves behind a legacy of warmth, generosity, and a life well-lived. After a lifetime of accomplishment, his proudest by far was being a husband to Lynne Crucis for 23 years, and a loving and active father to his son James, and his daughter Maddie.
A distinguished alumnus of Indiana University, James took great pride in his academic achievements, graduating with honors from the renowned Kelley School at Indiana University. His time at the university shaped his professional journey and fostered lifelong friendships with a commitment to excellence.
James was not only a proud Hoosier but also a successful bond trader, demonstrating his exceptional skill and acumen in the financial world. His achievements in the field were a testament to his dedication and hard work.
It was 2001 when James married his beach house roommate and friend turned girlfriend Lynne. Together, their family grew to welcome their two children whom they loved unconditionally. The four of them loved traveling, playing games, and laughing together.
Following in his footsteps at IU is his son, James. He and his son shared a passion for the world of finance as well as a love for being members of the Lambda Chi Alpha Fraternity at IU.
James and his daughter Maddie spent many hours competing in mini golf, fishing, solving escape rooms, and playing cards.
His dedication to community service was unwavering. He served on the board for the Coastal Authority Care Foundation, contributing his time and financial expertise to support and uplift those in need. His passion for community involvement extended to volunteering with the Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts of America, where he made a lasting impact on the lives of young individuals.
James devoted his time to the Great Neck Baseball Leagues, leaving an indelible mark on the local sports community. Beyond the fields,playing poker with his friends was a favorite way to spend his time. Jim showcased his skills as an avid golfer, navigating the greens with finesse, and found solace in both salt and freshwater fishing.
Jim had a love for foods and the outdoors. This was especially evident when he’d be eating his way through Hoboken or creating beautiful memories at the beach with his friends and family. Jim’s favorite time was listening to tunes watching the sun go down.
In honor of James’ dedication, memorial contributions can be made by visiting tmcfunding.com
Services to celebrate James’s life will begin with the family receiving friends on Saturday, January 20, 2024, from 5:00 PM to 9:00 PM at Altmeyer Funeral Home, located at 1801 Baltic Ave at the Oceanfront. A funeral service will take place the following morning at 9:30 AM, followed by burial at Forest Lawn at 11:00 AM. A brunch reception will follow at Watermen’s.
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McCracken Family (Ken, Fran & Children)
2 months ago

Our deepest condolences to you, Lynne and to James and Maddie at the passing our your husband and father, James. We ask our Father in heaven to be of comfort to you as you grieve your loss. We pray that James will rest in peace and that all of you will be given courage and grace from above to live out your lives fully with all the blessings of Christ. May the peace of Christ be with you all. With love, the McCracken Family.

Tyler Parsonage
2 months ago

Lynne, James and Maddie- I wish I could’ve been there for the service, sorry I couldn’t make it. Jim will be missed. He was a great guy and amazing father. I am happy to have known him, and cherish the time spent with your family each of those summers, and all the spicy snacks Jim had me and Will try, LOL. My mouth would be on fire the rest of the day. Sending hugs. Love you all so much.

Tanja Noren
2 months ago

Lynne, James and Maddie – we’re so sorry we can’t be there in person to give you big hugs and tell you that we love you! Joe and I have so many fond memories of Jim that span from our outings in Hoboken to numerous beach trips. Jim always made us laugh..he had a hearty laugh..and Joe was in awe of his golf game. I know I’m not the first to mention that beef jerky! There was never a dull conversation when Jim was around. He would always rave about his kids..he was so proud. Jim will be deeply missed and we’re sending along peace and comfort.

Danyell Beebou
2 months ago

Oh my Jane I’m so sorry. For your loss. Prayers to you all. Hugs my friend love ya Danyell

Tim Phelan
2 months ago

Jim was a great guy. I knew him for 30 +\- years but didn’t see him as much as I’d like due to geography. I always enjoyed his company, his energetic personality and welcoming demeanor. Seeing him at at recent family wedding it was obvious how much he loved, as he beamed with pride, his wonderful kids. Jim will be missed by many but never forgotten.

Jim Fry
2 months ago

Jim was our Troop 63 Treasurer for several years. Jim made a lasting impression on the Scouts of Troop 63, sponsored by Francis Asbury UMC. Jim supported his son “Jimbo” and several other Scouts who came to Troop 63 from Cub Scout Pack 406. Jim is particularly proud of “Jimbo” for rising to the highest Scout rank of Eagle Scout. Jimbo became an Eagle Scout on June 15, 2022. It is not surprising that as a result of Jim’s encouragement and Jimbo’s achievement of Eagle Scout, Troop 63 gained 7 new Eagle Scouts in 2023. Each of the 2023 Eagle Scouts can trace a significant part of their Scouting progress to the encouragement of Jim. On 20 January 5 of the 7 Eagle Scouts will be recognized during an Eagle Scout Court of Honor, and each Eagle Scout will certainly be thinking of the part Jim played in encouraging them to achieve Eagle Scout, and Jim will be missed!

Jacquie Edwards
2 months ago

Lynne, I am so sorry to hear about Jim. You and the kids are in my thoughts and prayers. Although I never met him, I’m sure he was an amazing man. I hope that you can use all of your memories to help you and the kids through this difficult time. I will be thinking of you all.

2 months ago

Lynne, Maddie and James,
I will always remember Jim/your dad for his warm conversations, his beef jerky recipe which he enthusiastically shared and his pocket full of fireballs which he gave out to anyone who asked. Most of all I will remember that he always was incredibly proud of his family and was an amazing dad.

Your friends will miss you Jim!!!

Kat and Chris Weir
2 months ago

We are so deeply saddened by the loss of our dear friend. Our beach outings, sipping wine with my mom and the unforgettable catamaran adventure in the BVI hold cherished memories that will forever remain in my heart. Jim’s warm spirit, caring personality and zest for life made every moment with him special. Please know that Chris and I wish we could be there during this difficult time. Praying for you all!!! We will definitely reach out when we return. Bless up!!!

Jan Matsoukas
2 months ago

My husband Bill and I were so saddened to learn of Jim’s passing as we have treasured our friendship with the Hiatt’s ever since we met them years ago. They have been both so easy to know, caring, lively and loving individuals. We will truly miss Jim and pray for the family’s peace and understanding in the years to come, especially for the children, Maddie and James. Prayers and love to you all….. Jan and Bill Matsoukas