Mark Hatton, born at Ventura County Hospital Oct. 31, 1957, died from natural causes in his home last week (April 20).
He is survived by his mother, Marge Hatton, a longtime Oak View resident; daughters, Tobi Hatton, Ventura, and Kylene Hatton, Simi Valley; brothers, Tom Hatton, Vacaville, and Matt Hatton, Bakersfield; two nieces, Melissa Francisco, Vacaville, and Ashley Montoya, Milwaukee, Ore.; three nephews, Troy and Shawn Hatton, Bakersfield, Tyler Hatton, Albany, Ore.; two great nieces and six great nephews. He also had many longtime friends who will miss him dearly.
Mark was an active and recognizable figure in the Ojai Valley community. He owned and operated Tri-Valley Tree Service for 30 years. He promoted the Special Olympics; was a familiar face at St. Josephs Convalescent community, and worked on the Ojai Creek Restoration Project to help remove non-native trees and restore native varieties to the area. Mark was intelligent, energetic and constantly moving. He worked hard and always had a new project underway. His kind heart and genuine concern for the environment was evident in all he did.
In February 2010, the Ventura County Star writer Allison Bruce featured him in an article entitled "Ojai man rescues wood for creative projects." It told of the many creative uses he had for urban lumber, local rock for tree wells, fences and other creative projects. He strived to make Ojai Valley a better place. We have lost a caring, outspoken, bigger than life personality and it will be a duller place without Mark's big heart.
Celebration of life will be held 1 p.m. Saturday, May 5, at Soule Park, Ojai, with a barbecue potluck.
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