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Gerald (Jerry) Hatcher - September 21st, 1948 - August 17th, 2008
Gerald (Jerry) Hatcher - September 21st, 1948 - August 17th, 2008
Jerry died peacefully at home after a courageous battle against liver disease.

Jerry was born in Portland, Oregon, and grew up in Arcadia, CA with his brothers, Mike and Terry, Sister Lori and his parents Jim and Audrey Hatcher who currently reside in San Clemente, CA.

Jerry was a decorated war hero with two Purple Crosses and two Bronze Stars earned during his service in the United States Army where he served as a Sergeant

After his service in the Army, Jerry moved to Seattle to attend the University of Washington and parked cars at Canlis to help pay for his schooling. If asked, he would never tell "the secret" of how they always had your car ready for you when you were ready to leave as "privileged information."

His love for Seattle and the people of the University District was so palpable that he ended up co-owning Dante's Tavern on Roosevelt, where he had the first Betamax in Seattle, and the first Pong The Video Game.

Later on, his artistic talents had him expressing himself through his natural skills and he became one of Seattle's premier interior painters, having his work featured in Architectural Digest.

Jerry was a dedicated man of the community. He volunteered at The Chicken Soup Brigade, now known as the Lifelong AID's Alliance, as a driver in the early 90's and continued his volunteerism with Lifelong until earlier this year, as volunteer in the kitchen three days a week.

He was one of the original members of the Triangle Recreation Camp which was originally located in Index and now resides in Granite Falls.

His infectious smile and wonderful sense of style were signatures of his being. His smile winning him "Best Men's Smile in Seattle" as voted by Coca Cola and KJR Radio in a contest hosted by former Sonic Lenny Wilkens in 1982.

Jerry was a HUGE baseball fan, and one of his greatest joys was when he threw out the opening pitch at a Mariners Game in 2007.

Jerry's zest for life had so many facets, a lover and patron of the arts, a world traveler, a collector of friends, a master racquetball player, a trusted advisor, a hero, a confident, but above all this, a spirit of good.

Jerry leaves behind his partner, Joe Krumbach who was with Jerry for the past 18 1/2 years. The two married in August of 2003 in Seattle after Jerry stood on a chair in The Hunt Club at The Sorrento Hotel on Christmas Eve the year prior and asked Joe to marry him. All of the other patrons applauded when Joe said yes.

Jerry's family would like to thank all of our friends, and care providers at Providence Hospice and Fedelta Homecare that aided us during this challenge.

There will be a celebration of Jerry's life in September sometime around his birthday. He would have been 60 this year.

Jerry was a remarkable, loving, funny, and genuinely good man who touched everyone who met him.

In lieu of flowers or other memoriam, Joe asks that each person reading has good thoughts and a hug and a kiss of their loved ones as the best gift you could remember Jerry by.

We were all very lucky and blessed to have been a part of this remarkable life.

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