OBITUARY

Kenneth Patrick Hatch

June 25, 1940January 6, 2021
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On Wednesday, January 6, 2021 Kenneth (Ken) Patrick Hatch, loving husband, father, grandfather, great grandfather and friend, passed away at the age of 80. Ken was born on June 25, 1940 in Fresno, CA to Kenneth L. and Virginia Berenice Fitzpatrick Hatch. He attended grade school at Saint Therese School. He grew up on a ranch in Fresno and spent many days fishing, body surfing and spending time with family at Santa Cruz Beach and in Aptos, CA. He graduated Fresno High class of 1958, was distinguished in swimming and water polo and was a Valley Champion and record holder in the 100-yard butterfly. He went to Fresno City College where he met his wife, Judy, of 58 years.

Ken was a small business owner starting with Hatch’s Drive-In in Mendota from 1962-1964 and then across from Roeding Park as Judi-Ken’s Drive-In from 1964-2001. It was a family operation where the children and grandchildren grew up and worked. He also owned and managed rental properties.

Ken’s favorite things were swimming in his pool, taking ocean cruises, cheering enthusiastically at his grandchildren's sporting events, and driving around the U.S. attending events with his wife, Judy, and the PT Cruiser Club of Central California. He had a strong devotion to his Catholic faith and was a longtime member of Our Lady of Victory and The Shrine of Saint Therese Parishes in Fresno, CA. He loved to go to Sunday mass, debate politics, sip on bourbon, gamble at casinos and spend time with his family. Ken will be remembered for his humor, affection and love for his family and friends. He cherished and loved his wife more than anything else in the world. Ken loved his children, grandchildren, and great grandchildren immensely and was proud of all their accomplishments.

He is survived by wife of 58 years Judith Arlene (Thiel) Hatch, 3 children and their spouses: son Kenneth Peter Hatch, wife Andrea Hatch of Daly City, CA, daughter Judith Ann Bremer, husband Edward Bremer of Fresno, CA, son Bryce Lewis Hatch, wife Victoria Hatch of Pacifica, CA, 12 grandchildren: Allison Ann (Moore) Freer, husband Brian Freer of Sanger, CA, Rachel Lauren Hatch-Ibarra, wife Ashley Ibarra of Reno, NV, Kristi Ann (Moore) Horner, husband Michael Horner of Clovis, CA, Kelli Christine (Hatch) Richardson, husband Evan Richardson of San Francisco, CA, Kenneth James Hatch, fiancée Alexis Perez of Daly City, CA, Valerie Ann Moore of Fresno, CA, Madeline Nicole Hatch of Daly City, CA, Spencer Bremer of Fresno, CA, Bryce Patrick Hatch, Benjamin Lewis Hatch, Brody Robert Hatch and Bonnie Elizabeth Hatch of Pacifica, CA, 2 great-grandchildren: Jaxon James Freer, 1 year 9 months and Harper Elizabeth Freer, 8 months of Sanger, CA, sister Esther Caiazza of Clovis, CA , brother-in-law Ronald Thiel and his wife Barbara Franklin of Honokaa, Hawaii, and many nieces and nephews. Ken was preceded in death by sister Virginia Arlene Jernigan, nephew David Koop and parents, Kenneth L. and Virginia Berenice Hatch.

Contributions in Kenneth's memory may be made to Our Lady of Victory Catholic Church, 2850 N Crystal Ave, Fresno, California 93705, www.olvchurch-fresno.com; Shrine of St. Therese Catholic Church, 855 E Floradora Ave, Fresno, California 93728, shrineofsttherese.org; and St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Catholic Church, 12300 Reina Road, Bakersfield, California 93312 US, www.setoncatholicchurch.org. or Fresno Police Chaplaincy ( K9 Unit in designated section) 905 N Fulton St, Fresno, CA 93728 https://fresnopdchaplaincy.org

Monsignor Perry Kavookjian, former Judi-Ken's Drive In employee and longtime friend, will be the celebrant for graveside services.

Arrangements will be handled by Whitehurst Sullivan Burns & Blair Funeral Home.

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

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    Monday, January 18, 2021

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Jeanette Tomlinson

January 23, 2021

Ken was always so fun to be around and he truly loved Judy. He always committed about how good she was and yes we all know Judy is a sweet lady. PT will not be the same. Rest in peace Ken. We will miss you.

Bryce Hatch

January 19, 2021

I would like to thank everyone for the kind words and prayers. My father was always very proud of his children and I am proud that he was my father. He was truly one of a kind and I will miss him every day of my life. I love you dad.

John Angelos

January 18, 2021

David Ray

January 18, 2021

Mr. Hatch was a true pillar of the Fresno community. He will be greatly missed.

Carole Kruger

January 18, 2021

Many good memories of Ken at family gatherings over the years..
He was a very good husband and father and I hope these memories will be of comfort to you, Judy. We send condolences to you all, and so sorry for your loss. The Kruger family....Hans, Carole, Jeff and Tim

Alex Flores

January 18, 2021

Ken & I go back many years as parish members of OLV Catholic Church. whenever we saw each other he always had such a big smile, really happy to see me. My thoughts & prayers and deepest condolences to the Hatch family.

Geoff Meehan

January 18, 2021

Ken was a lucky man he was blessed to have the best family.We wish to send our love to all his family.We only met a couple of times but could tell he was a very loving Husband ,Father and Grandfather who was very proud of his whole family and loved them all.Ken you were very special person and will be forever in our heats.Love Geoff and Sue Meehan.

thomas Baird

January 17, 2021

REST IN PEACE KEN.
WE SPENT A LOT OF TIME TOGETHER INCLUDING PARTIES AT YOUR HOUSE ON BELMONT AVENUE DURING HIGH SCHOOL AND JUST AFTER.
I WISH WE HAD STAYED IN TOUCH MORE.
MY CONDOLANCES TO YOUR FAMILY.

Victor Guerrero

January 17, 2021

I have so many memories of Ken. He included me on many trips with his family. Ken had a great influence on my life. He took me to Santa Cruz, Las Vegas, Arizona, Utah, Bryce Canyon, Reno... and the adventures with him were many. He taught me the importance of listening to the Gospel in mass. He waited for me to get to work, where he would grill me. I learned to pay attention to the word in church and not just sit there cause that’s routine. I worked for him all through high school. He supported me all through sports and church activities. Ken taught me to be adventurous. All the new places ( mystery spot, ball fields, trails...), it gave me a sense of adventure. He showed me how take my life at full speed. It has been the way ever since. I have lived that way for the next 45 years. The “Hatch” family opened the world to me. I was intoxicated to get the most out of life. Once, Ken made it possible for me to get cases & cases of whip cream donations from the local milk companies for the big whipped cream fight (when I led the catholic youth group). We had about a hundred kids with cans in there hands, just making the biggest mess any church had ever seen. I took how Ken inspired me and continued with youth groups for 30 more years. I found “ myself” though those years. I discovered I loved making kids and youths happy. To influence them. I even became a Santa Claus and saw Ken and Judy 40 years later at a celebration, decked out in my red suit. I think that ken showed me how to “Go For It!” Thanks Ken and Judy for taking me in as an employee, family and friend. You guys wound me up and turned me lose into the world. I am eternally grateful.

Mark Cameron

January 17, 2021

I'm sorry about your loss. Your family is in my thoughts and prayers. Here's
one of my favorite pictures. Mr. Hatch is sharing a snow cone with us!!!

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November 30, 1962

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