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Charles R. Hatch

November 11, 1942 ~ October 10, 2023 (age 80) 80 Years Old

Charles Hatch Obituary

Charles R. Hatch of Sandpoint, Idaho passed away of prostate cancer and related health problems at the Schneidmiller House in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho on October 10, 2023 at the age of 80. Born to Elma (McMechan) and William Hatch on November 11th, 1942, in Seattle, Washington, William grew up in various areas of the Pacific Northwest.  He attended the University of Montana and paid for his education fighting fires and smokejumping during the summers, graduating in 1964. Following graduation he worked for the USFS in California, and the Intermountain Forest and Range Experiment Station in Bozeman, Montana. During the following period he earned a Master of Forestry degree from Oregon State University and a Phd from the University of Minnesota. In 1971 he began a career in academia spanning 36 years and multiple institutes of higher learning.  He began as an Assistant Professor at Southern Illinois University and later accepted a position at the University of Idaho, where the majority of his work was done.

In 1983, Charles married Cheryl Marie Pitkin, who had begun working at the UI in 1970 and retired from Charles’ department the year they got married.  They had four lovely children: Franklin Martz, Shannon Wells, Ty Hatch, and Ravi Hatch.  When Charles and his family returned to the United States in 2009 after a span spent working on international assignments in India and Pakistan, they relocated to Sandpoint permanently.  Charles’ contributions to the world of academia and the University of Idaho community continue to make an impact on those he touched.

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