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San Bernardino County Sun - News
Hatfield was adept at building both long-standing structures and relationships.
really loved life and you never heard him speak a bad word about anyone,' said his
son, Ty Hatfield of Lake Forest."He
really taught us unconditional love.He
had no judgment and he
totally listened and empathized with people.'
The longtime Highland resident died of a lung condition Oct. 20 at Loma Linda University Hospital
was born Feb. 17, 1927, in Glendale.He
moved to San Bernardino with his
family when he
was 3 years old.In 1945, he graduated from San Bernardino High School and immediately enlisted in the U.S. Army.He
was stationed in the Allision Islands near Alaska.Hatfield then attended UC Berkeley, where he graduated with a degree in architecture.
"David had the independent spirit that comes from Berkeley
,' said his
friend of 54 years, Dick Andrews of Twin Peaks."He
was kind of a maverick.David was a stand up, straightforward guy and wasn't afraid of anything.'
It was soon after college that he
met Sonia McMinn and married her
in Great Britain in 1960.They were married for 13 years.Hatfield was a professor of architecture at San Bernardino Valley College for more than 25 years.He
knew at an early age that he
wanted to be an architect and spent his
childhood building clubhouses.
Every two years, Hatfield
took students on field trips to China, Japan, Italy and France to study different architectural styles.He
always encouraged his
students to think out of the box and often offered his
architectural services for free.
"This man, he
could have been rich,' Stewart said."But he
gave away his
talent, because that was his
Hatfield's other loves included singing and acting in senior talent shows at Sturges Theater
in San Bernardino.
Other survivors include a son, Gary Hatfield
of Tustin; two sisters, Margaret Hatfield of Ariz.; and Isadora Seller of San Bernardino; and 10 grandchildren.