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William E Hatton

November 30, 1925 ~ September 8, 2020 (age 94)


William (Bill) E. Hatton, 94, died on September 8, 2020, in Denver, CO. Born November 30, 1925, in Massena, Iowa, he lived his adult life in Denver, Colorado with his wife of 64 years, Catherine J. Hatton (deceased).  Bill was in the trucking business during his working career and worked for a few of the trucking companies located in the Denver area for over 30 years. He became office manager at Consolidated Freightways early in his career and by his retirement was a Manager at ANR Freight. After retiring from the trucking business, he then worked part time at Rickenbaugh Cadillac as a customer service driver, shuttling clients to and from their work or homes while their vehicles were being serviced. He loved driving, whether for work or pleasure and was known by family and friends for his “6 hour drives” on Sunday after church, which took them all to far away points of interest in the Colorado plains or mountains.

Bill is one of the members of the “Greatest Generation” and served in the Navy during WWII.  He was on the USS Flint in the Pacific during the war. He attended and graduated from Denver University on the GI Bill, with a Bachelor’s degree in Business. Later, he became very active in the annual reunions of the troops who served with him on the USS Flint for many years. Bill is known for his Irish humor, great smile, genuine caring sprit and humility.

Bill met Cae McCarthy in 1954 on a blind date and married shortly after that. They had three children. Bill was a member of the Knights of Columbus and Treasurer of the organization for years. He also was a devoted Catholic and long-time parishioner of St. Vincent DePaul, where the children attended school. Bill loved football and baseball and had season tickets to the Denver Broncos from 1969 until the new stadium was built. He also loved the Colorado Rockies and spent many nights and days watching them play on TV these past few years when he was bed-ridden.

Survivors include his children and their spouses: Michele (Keith) Ashby, Denver, CO; Mark (Patty) Hatton, Phoenix, AZ; and Marla (Virgil) Hawkins, Livermore, CO.  His Grandchildren and spouses, Johny Stell (Kisori Thomas), Denver, CO; Mason Hatton, Phoenix, AZ; Hannah Hatton, Tuscon, AZ; and Great-Grandchildren, Kai Jaden Stell-Thomas, Denver, CO;  Matthew Bonder, Grove City, OH. Brothers and spouses; Richard (Sharon) Hatton, Omaha, NE; and James (Ferne) Hatton, Bullhead City, CA.

Services will be held at 10:00 AM, Monday, September 14, 2020, at the Church of All Saints, 2559 S. Federal Blvd., Denver, CO 80219, (303) 922-3758. Relatives and friends are invited.  During these pandemic times, the family is grateful that the church is able to hold a memorial Mass, and requests that guests be respectful of the church’s guidelines for attendees of the service to insure a safe environment for all. The church requires all guests to wear masks and social distance.  For anyone exposed to Covid or sick with Covid, a negative Covid test result is required to attend. Due to Covid there will not be a reception following the church service.

There will be a live stream of the services for those that are unable to attend, please click on the link provided to view the service at 10:00 am on September 14th,2020

The burial will be private and held on a separate date.

If you would like to view the procession the staff gave him at the VA on his final day there, the link to the video is here:

The family requests that memorial contributions are welcome in lieu of flowers because of Covid, to Dominican Home Health Agency – Health care charity for senior, poor, and sick people in Denver. People can donate online by clicking the “Donate” button on the top right corner of their website at   Or they can send a check to:
Dominican Home Health Agency
2501 Gaylord St.
Denver, CO 80205


The Dominican Home Health Agency has provided supplies and support for Mr. and Mrs. Hatton throughout their senior years, as well as to numerous elderly in need throughout the Denver Metro area.


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