Hatfield July 8, 1947 - Aug 7, 2014 OKLAHOMA CITY Gene was born in OKC to Lonnie P. and Jeanne L. Hatfield. He passed away after a short battle with mesotheloma. Gene grew up in the Mid-Del area and was a 12-year alumi of Crooked Oak School System, graduating in 1965, where he played football, baseball and was on the National Honor Society. He was a 1969 graduate of Central State University with a degree in business administration. Gene was drafted into the U.S. Army and served with the 1st Calvary Division and was stationed in Bien Hoa Vietnam from January 1970 to February 1971, receiving many medals, including the Bronze Star. After the service, he went to work for his father in the family business, Airflow, Inc. The business eventually killed both his father and himself from mesotheloma lung cancer. In 1994, Gene went to work for the U.S. Postal Service, a job he truly loved, especially delivering mail in Gaillardia. Gene's family is so grateful to his postal family for all their love and support during this most difficult time. Gene was a member of Cherokee Hills Church of Christ and appreciated the love of his church family these past few months. He loved OU football, tennis and His Boys! Gene was preceded in death by his parents; sister, Dot Blythe; and two nieces, Shandie Hatfield and Tara Roark. He leaves cherished memories with his wife Jan; father figure to son, Andrew Hatfield; grandfather figure to Isiah and Noah Goomda; brother, Lonnie Hatfield, of Newcastle; niece, Shelley Hatfield, of Choctaw; nephew, Nathan Blythe, of OKC; stepson, Jason DeCassios and family, of Lititz, PA; stepdaughters, Jill Deatherage and Lyn Keesee and family, of OKC; sisters and brothers-in-law, Donna & Calvin Clark, Forsyth, MO; and Shirley & Dan Jones, of Yukon; sister-in-law, June Laib, of OKC; his Crooked Oak family led by Coach J.C. Hickman; special friend, Babette Hatfield; and his very special little friend, Jase. Services to celebrate his life will be 2:30 p.m. Monday, August 11 at Buchanan Funeral Service with interment to follow at the Chapel Hill Memorial Gardens.
Published in The Oklahoman from Aug. 10 to Aug. 11, 2014