Frank Wood Hatch, 1:00 pm, Tuesday, May 8, 2018


Frank Wood Hatch, long-time Eldorado merchant, farmer and rancher, died May 3, 2018, at 101 years old.  He was born to Frank Alpheus “F.A.” and Theresa “Ressa” Welch (Wood) Hatch on December 21, 1916 in Eldorado, Oklahoma.  Frank was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Dorothy; his sister, Dorothy Sue Gribble; and his granddaughter, Sara Paulsgrove.  He is survived by his daughter and son-in-law, Carol Sue and Gene Paulsgrove, of Newcastle, Oklahoma; grandchildren, Jay and Kaylee Paulsgrove, of Seattle, Washington, James Paulsgrove and fiancée, Amanda Pham, of Kansas City, Missouri, and Jana and Michael Wing, of Oklahoma City; and brothers, Bill Hatch, of Wellington, Texas and Tim Hatch, of Lubbock, Texas.  He was also blessed with three great-grandchildren, Ryder, Ellis and Francis Mae “Frankie” Paulsgrove, of Seattle, Washington.

Frank attended Eldorado Schools, graduating in 1934.  Following high school, he was a student at Cameron University, worked at his aunt’s ranch in Oregon as a cowboy, and worked in Washington D.C., where his uncle was a United States Senator.  He then joined his father in the dry goods business in Wellington, Texas.

Frank married Dorothy Mae Clonts on January 14, 1940, in Eldorado.  Frank and Dorothy worked together in the dry goods business before moving to San Antonio, where Frank studied aircraft instrumentation and Dorothy worked in Civil Service.  Frank served in the Army Air Corps from 1942 to 1946.  During his time in the service, he was stationed in Florida, California, and the China Burma India Theater of Operations.Dorothy was with him at all stations in the U.S., working in the Civil Service.

After discharge, Frank and Dorothy resumed working in the dry goods business in Wellington, before moving back to Eldorado in 1948.At that time, they opened a furniture store, later transitioning to a dry goods store.  Frank also operated a successful farming and ranching operation in Eldorado until his retirement.Frank and Dorothy were happily married for 67 years before Dorothy’s death in 2007.

In 2010, Frank moved with his sister to Meadowlakes Assisted Living Center in Oklahoma City to be closer to family.  His final days were spent being cared for at the Norman Veteran’s Center.

Frank was an avid Thunder and Sooner fan, wonderful father, grandfather, and great-grandfather and will be greatly missed.

In lieu of flowers, the family has requested that donations be made to the Children’s Center Rehabilitation Hospital in Bethany, Oklahoma.

A Graveside Service will be held at 1:00 PM, Tuesday, May 8, 2018, at the Eldorado Cemetery, Eldorado, Oklahoma.  Services are under the direction of the John M. Ireland Funeral Home, Moore, Oklahoma.




Mary Ann Miller Higgins commented on 03-May-2018 05:10 PM
Carol Sue your dad was such a kind, honest man:) He had such a long, good life. So many of us benefited from his kindness when we were growing up. He is now spending eternity with your mom in Heaven🙏��. So sorry for your loss❤️
Deborah Babb Huber commented on 03-May-2018 05:16 PM
I'm so sorry for your loss. Frank was a good family man and I'm glad I knew him when I was growing up in Eldorado. I spent many happy hours sewing with fabric purchased at Hatch Dry Goods. Sending thoughts and prayers for Carol Sue and the rest of the family.
Mary J. Burnett commented on 04-May-2018 11:44 AM
May he rest in peace. I remember this man as always being a sweet soul. May the family be with God's Peace and Grace.
Rob and Heather Wing commented on 04-May-2018 10:59 PM
We are Sorry for Your Loss❤ Heather and I want Your Family to know our Prayers are with All of You❤ We Love You❤


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