Hatfield, Lynn Peer 1911 - 2005

Hatfield, Lynn Peer 1911 - 2005

Lynn Peer Hatfield

Published in the Bonners Ferry Herald July 14, 2005


Also published on the website - Kootenai Valley Press - July 31, 2005


Lynn Peer Hatfield was born to Orrin and Wanita (Peer) Hatfield on August 20, 1911, in Boise, Idaho.  He departed July 7, 2005, reaching the age of 93 years.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday, July 12, at the Free Methodist Church in Bonners Ferry. Internment will follow in the Grandview Cemetery.

He was raised in Kuna, Idaho, and graduated from Kuna High School in 1930.

On March 16, 1932, he was joined in marriage to Donna Hobbs in Meridian, Idaho, by the Justice of Peace, Lynn’s grandpa. To this union five children were born, Irwin, Doyle, Marlyn, Karen and Lynda.  He farmed, drove school bus, then the spring of 1940 they moved to Bonners Ferry.

He farmed, ran a dairy, drove milk truck, delivering the milk to the Creamery in Bonners Ferry. The land he farmed is now part of the game refuge that was District 7. After the 1948 flood that took the crops, he went to work for General Feed and Grain. He enjoyed his job and worked many hours to support his family.

He played catcher on the Bonners Ferry Baseball Team.

His wife, Donna was diagnosed with cancer in 1958, and he stayed by her side, reading to her and feeding her, until she passed away on July 4, 1959. They shared 27 years of happy life together.

In his lonely hours he joined the Bonners Ferry Volunteer Fire Department. Later he also joined the Volunteer Ambulance Association and became Citizen of the Year in 1980.

On December 24, 1961, he was joined in marriage to Rosalie Rose, to this union two children were born, Allen and Brenda. They were happily married for 43 years.

He loved life, going huckleberry picking and having picnics with family. After retiring, he took interest in his yard. On his last summer before going into the nursing wing he still took care of the yard at 90 years of age.

He was a member of the Free Methodist Church.  He was preceded in death by his first wife, two sons, one daughter, two brothers and one sister-in-law.

Left to cherish his memory and love are Rosalie, his bereaved wife, his four children, Marlyn and husband Roy Mastre, Bonners Ferry; Lynda and husband LeRoy Dowd, Winnemuca, Nevada; Allen and wife Linda, Silver City, Iowa, and Brenda and husband David Bergmann, Aurora, Nebraska; 17 grandchildren, 48 great grandchildren and five great-great grandchildren.

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