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Ellis Everett Hattan

Ellis Everett Hattan, 85, of Estes Park died Saturday, June 13, 2009, at Prospect Park Living Center in Estes Park, after a brief illness.

He leaves his wife of 64 years, Guinevere; his sons, David Hattan (Nancy), Richard Hattan (Gail), and his daughter, Kay Heil (Charles); four grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; his sister, Karen Kincade; and numerous nephews, nieces, cousins, and friends. He was predeceased by his parents, Everett and Lillian Hattan, and sister, Lois Hedberg.

He was born September 10, 1923, in Naponee, NE, to Everett and Lillian Hattan. The family moved to Greeley in the early-1930s, and to Estes Park in 1935. He graduated from Estes Park High School in 1942, and attended Denver University (DU) for two years before joining the United States Navy. He married Guinevere Fay Griggs on May 26, 1945, in Corpus Christi, TX. After World War II, he completed his degree in Electrical Engineering at DU in 1948, and joined the United States Department of the Interior, Bureau of Reclamation. After 33 years of service to the agency, he retired in 1981. He and Guinevere raised their family in Denver. They moved to Estes Park in 1984 after building their retirement home together. They spent their winters in Blythe, CA, and Quartzsite, AZ, for nearly 20 years.

He was a member of the United Methodist Church of Estes Park, and a volunteer with the Retired Senior Volunteer Program of Estes Park.

Ellis’s life was defined by his devotion to his wife, his remarkable work ethic, and his ready willingness to help his family and friends. A memorial service was held at the United Methodist Church of Estes Park on June 17, 2009, with a private burial in Littleton, CO. In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial donations to: (1) Good Samaritan Society, Estes Park Village; (2) Hospice of Estes Park; or (3) Prospect Park Living Center.

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