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This profile was last updated on 11/16/04  and contains information from public web pages.

Employment History


  • architecture
    UC Berkeley
  • San Bernardino High School
Web References
San Bernardino County Sun - News, 16 Nov 2004 [cached]
Hatfield was adept at building both long-standing structures and relationships.
"He 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.He was 77.
Hatfield 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 love.'
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.
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