Chapel of the Pines


James Lee Hatadis

March 28, 1947July 22, 2020

It is with heavy hearts and great sadness, we announce the death of James Lee Hatadis of Placerville, California, who passed away on July 22, 2020, at the age of 73, leaving to mourn family and friends. Please take a moment and share a story or leave a sympathy message for the family on this memorial page. If services are pending, updates will be announced here once they are set. Arrangements are under the care and direction of Chapel of the Pines. Please call (530) 622-3813 for more information.


James Lee Hatadis

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Vickie Christensen

May 13, 2021

Jim was always ready with a smile. I worked with his digital marketing of Ancient Gold Jewelers which was a joy showing off all of his beautiful pieces. May God bless him on his journey.

Marza Millar

January 16, 2021

I met Jim in 1994, he was one of my husbands best friends. They use to down to river all summer and dredge for gold, also seeing him at the Tucson Gem Show year after years lad. He was a nice man.

Patrick Lamke

September 1, 2020

I met Jim in the summer of '65. We went to school together, surfed together, went to war together, owned businesses together and shared our growing pains together. Jim's life goal was to be the best gold miner, no matter what. He achieved that and beyond. God speed, James Lee. We will meet again.

grant shaulis

August 15, 2020

Am just going through some of the remembrances about jim and recall one of if not his first adventure going for gold..on a river near james town..we had bought a sluece box from some entrepreneur in james town for $5 and proceeded to rose creek to try our luck..I seem to remember one magic moment laying back on a rock in exhaustion and taking in the sun from the swirling water around me and resting and feeling a sense of freedom in amazement of the bright sun and jim
was busy digging away and rolling rocks around for the sluece and we didn't have a bit of luck.But then out of the blue..from sniffing around some shop probably in Sonora and on the same vacation in 73 0r74 found out about snipping with squeeze bottles and masks to look for cracks in the bed rock.. where to point the tube from the battery acid vacume bulbs to get gold.. then we started to dig in and snipe some with a little luck..Oh Hatadis always said...a gold miner will do anything to get gold..But he had a sense for bussiness and opportunity that at that age I didn't seem to posses..I always admired that about him...that sense of opportunity..he said gold is where ya find it...and any other adventure we ever went on since 1967 or 68...Thousands of memories and experiences...he always stayed in touch..and will miss him sorely...always thought of him in his absense as out there roaming around happy and healthy and with a sense of adventure and ideas that some don't posses..and I will continue to do the same about his latest adventure...and try not to feel a sense of lose..If he were one of my cement buddies .. we'd say he was a good stick in the mud...what could I say we both went for the pay gravel ..placer.."placer" in place..I became a cement pumper and weldor and he got in to minning gold and jewelry.. anyway ...hasta la vista.jim..until we meet again..bueno suerte me compenero...hasta el estrellas caer de la cielo ...