OBITUARY

Merle J. Hatfield

May 13, 1930August 5, 2018

Merle J Hatfield, my dad. He was an Air Force veteran, a jet mechanic that kept the trainer and fighters flying. He then did a brief stint with the Highway Department of Nebraska. I say brief because he was soon hired by the Bureau of Reclamation. He worked on projects as a Civil Engineer Technician in Arizona, Oklahoma and Colorado. His work finally landed him in Fresno, California. In Fresno he worked on the Friant/Kern project, Friant Dam, San Luis Reservoir and the Central Valley project. Life is funny sometimes. He transferred up to Sacramento after dissolving his first marriage. Maybe because of a lack of judgement, he fell on hard times and resigned from the Bureau. When things got better he went to work for the Department of Energy where he worked until he retired. If you had the chance to meet this man, you know he was very dedicated to whatever he was working on. Be it a project for work, discovering his heritage through genealogy, working on his house or spoiling his dogs. There was just about nothing he couldn’t do if he set his mind to it. If you knew him, please come be with his family to wish him a fond fair well. Yep, that was my Dad.

A Graveside Service for Merle will be held Wednesday, August 15, 2018 at 11:00 a.m. at Mount Vernon Memorial Park, 8201 Greenback Lane, Fair Oaks, California 95628.

Fond memories and expressions of sympathy may be shared at www.MountVernonMemorial.com for the Hatfield family.

Services

  • Graveside Service Wednesday, August 15, 2018
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Yvonne Armstrong

August 11, 2018

Merle is my uncle and I didn’t know him well, however, the few times I seen or talked with him we weren’t strangers. He was funny and smart. RIP Uncle Merle. ❤️❤️

Joy Hatfield

August 10, 2018

I really loved when we would all get together and visit Merle! Some of my favorite family memories involve all of us sitting around his small kitchen table, either chitchatting or trying to teach him one of the card games we all liked to play. He was convinced we were all cheaters, but other than that, he was a good sport and made us laugh a lot. I felt those visits were great bonding time, and I enjoyed it when he would show us his favorite parks, spots to hang out, or sightsee. I’m going to really miss him and those visits!

On a personal level, I admired his love of dogs (specifically schnauzers), how organized and handy he was, and the fact that he never stopped trying to learn more about the world around him no matter how old he was.

R.I.P. Merle, a.ka. My Grandfather-in-Law

Sheila Hatfield

August 8, 2018

I adored Merle. I got an absolute kick out of him every visit. He rode down with me to Clovis from Orangevale in May 2018. It’s a 3+ hour drive. I can not tell you how many Jesus Christ’s I got on the way down! 😄 Jesus Christ this is a long drive. Jesus Christ how much further? Jesus Christ I don’t know how you guys do this every day!?!?!! and on and on.... I had forgotten how much he liked saying that. Made me laugh every time. (He pronounced it GEE-sus Christ)

FROM THE FAMILY
FROM THE FAMILY

Gregg, Merle & Mark
June 2018

FROM THE FAMILY

Merle and two of his favorite companions!

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Grandpa Merle with his son Mark & great granddaughter Madelyn.

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Grandpa Merle with his granddaughter Jennifer.

FROM THE FAMILY

From Left: Joshua Hatfield (grandson), Mark Hatfield (son), and Merle Hatfield

FROM THE FAMILY

Merle with his grandson, Joshua, and great granddaughter, Julia