Jeffrey Wayne Hatter |

Jeffrey Wayne Hatter

Jeffrey Wayne Hatter, 65, of Rifle, passed away Sept. 30, 2008.

Jeff was born Dec. 20, 1942, in Akron, Ohio, to Ralph and Eleanor Hatter.

Jeff was known and loved by many in the community. He was a principal at Esma Lewis Elementary School in Rifle for several years.

Jeff was an avid outdoorsman and was the first president of the Rifle Sportsman’s Club. Jeff loved a captive audience and was an amazing storyteller. He loved to laugh and you loved to hear him laugh.

He traveled all over and touched many hearts along the way. Jeff lived in Hawaii for several years and it held a special place in his heart, but he always thought of Rifle as his home.

Whether you knew Jeff for a short time or many years, he had a way about him that left an indelible mark on your heart. He adored his girls and grandchildren, and they adored him.

Jeff was a man of great faith. He belonged to the Emmanuel Lutheran Church in Rifle and trusted in the Lord Jesus Christ for his salvation.

His family misses him, but knows they will see him again.

He is survived by his mother; daughters Traci (John) Salvucci and Melissa (John) Sandquist, both of Rifle; sisters Judi Peck of Cincinnati and Jan Fugler of Littleton; and his beloved grandchildren Kaila, Taylor and Nathan.

Jeff was preceded in death by his father, Ralph Hatter.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations be made to the American Diabetes Association.

Cremation has taken place and a memorial service is planned for 1 p.m. Monday, Oct. 6 at the Emmanuel Lutheran Church in Rifle.

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