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In Memory, Richard “Rick” Van Hatten

On June 23rd, 2014, one of our own lost a parent.  She would talk about her father with a smile on her face.  She loved him very much and it was obvious.  I had the absolute pleasure of meeting Rick once.  Even with that short visit, you could tell he was a great person.    

She is sorely missed and we are looking forward to getting her back in our office soon.  We wish her all the best and want to relay our condolences to both her and her family.

Below is listed the obituary that showed up as it was posted in the Fairbanks Daily News Miner.


Richard “Rick” Van Hatten passed away peacefully at his home in North Pole on June 23, 2014, surrounded by family and friends.
Rick was born May 23, 1938, in Fort Yukon to Jack Van Hatten Sr. and Hannah Henry. With his brothers and sisters, he was raised throughout the Alaskan villages, learning the native traditions. When Rick turned 19 years old, he moved to Fairbanks and attended the University of Alaska Fairbanks where he received a degree in business administration. He enjoyed being a pilot, whether delivering passengers or setting up moose camps. He owned a successful business, Alaska Contracting & Consulting, Inc., and enjoyed building roads.
On Sept. 1, 1990, he married the love of his life, Colleen Waller, at the Chatanika Lodge in a double ceremony with his brother, Jack, and Wilma Van Hatten.
Rick was a loving husband, son, father, brother, grandpa, friend, and hunting and fishing partner to so many. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, trapping, boating, camping, snowmachining and riding four-wheelers. He loved to share his fish and game with Elders and family, sometimes making an all day trip to the villages. He competed yearly in the Tired Iron Classic, winning several trophies, including the “Crustiest Old Bastard” Award that he was
proud of.
Richard leaves behind his brother, Mick (Amy) Van Hatten; sister, Hannah “Babe” Adams, and brother-in-law, Clyde (JoAnn) Waller; his children, Clifton (Michelle) Van Hatten, Gregory (Rochelle) Hope, Tammy (Mike) Williams, Larry (Kristina) Walker, Kimberly (Rory) Mahaney, Kevin (Jori) Walker, Sheri (Billy) White, Richard Van Hatten Jr. and William Van Hatten; several grandchildren, great grandchildren; and numerous close friends.
He was preceded in death by his best friend and wife, Colleen Van Hatten; parents, Jack Van Hatten and Hannah Henry; his brothers, Jack Van Hatten Jr. and Robert “Bobby” Van Hatten.
Our family would like to thank Dr. Peter Marshall, Bill Satterberg and Todd Burk for their loving friendship with our dad, and everything they did for us during this time.  Additionally, our family would like to thank Dr. Victor Bartling, Alex, Paul and Sarah with Fairbanks Memorial Hospital Hospice Care for their medical support during his last days.
A celebration of life will be held at 6 p.m. Thursday, July 3, at the North Pole Worship Center, located at 3340 Badger Road in North Pole. A reception and potluck will follow at the Williams home at 2533 Eltham Park Court in North Pole. Please feel free to bring a side dish and/or beverages. Please respect the family’s wishes of no alcohol.
Published in Daily News-Miner on June 28, 2014


Updated: November 8, 2014 — 3:43 pm

1 Comment

  1. The celebration of life was fantastic. It was so obvious how much he was loved and what amazing life he lived. One can only dream to live the experiences he did with his family and in general. I would have loved to have had the chance to know him better. From what I’ve discovered today, he was quite the trickster.

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