James Lee Hatfield

James Lee Hatfield, 69, left his physical home in Gleneden Beach, Oregon and went home to the Lord November 22, 2012. Jim was born July 8th, 1943, in Klamath Falls, OR, to Andrew “Hi” Hatfield & Margaret “Jane” Hatifeld. His parents preceded him in death, as did his son, Andrew “Jake” Hatfield.
Jim graduated from Sacred Heart High School in 1961. He attended Oregon Institute of Technology where he excelled in Math and Book keeping. Jim was an assistant coach with his dad for numerous years; working with the American Legion Falcons, Babe Ruth baseball teams and high school baseball and basketball. He was also brave enough to umpire. As a young man, Jim was a professional drag racer. He owned one of the first “funny cars” which was called “White Lightning”. He worked for a few years at KFPA and then made his career working for the Weyerhaeuser Woods Truck Shop in Klamath Falls where he retired after 22 years. He was proud of his Klamath Tribal heritage.
Left behind are his wife of 29 years, Melody Gritton; daughter and son-in-law: Jennifer and Andreas Becker of Scotts Valley, CA; grandson: Austin Hatfield-Becker of Roseburg, OR; daughter and grandson: Marcia Schmidtke & Jeffrey Kitto, of Albany, OR; son, daughter-in-law, and grandchildren: Terry, Kim, Kylie, & Keygan Lasniewski of Klamath Falls, OR; daughter, son-in-law, and grandson: Lori, Clint, & Max Spencer, of Hermiston, OR; sister, Margaret “Peggy” Hansen, of Chiloquin, OR; nieces Toni Vincent, Lori Theros and Joni Stewart of Klamath Falls, OR; great nieces and nephews, numerous cousins and friends scattered from Oregon to Washington D.C.; including his caregiver and friend, Traci Druliner, of Lincoln Beach, OR.
Jim had a strong belief in the Lord and was ready to go home. He touched many lives with his faith and sense of humor.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Shriners Hospital for Children in Portland, OR, where Jim spent many years as a child.