Obituary of Charles Hatch |

Obituary of Charles Hatch

Charles R. Hatch, ASLA, beloved brother, uncle, nephew and cousin, died June 14, 2014 in Sacramento, Calif.

He was born May 17, 1947 in Downey, Calif. to Betty and Charles Russell Hatch. Chuck grew up in Grass Valley, Calif., graduating from Nevada Union High School in 1965. He received his degree of Bachelor of Science in Environmental Design with a major of Landscape Architecture from Cal State Polytechnic in Pomona in 1971. Chuck’s career in landscape design spanned 43 years based in Mill Valley, Sacramento, Rocklin, and Roseville, Calif. He applied his talents in environmental design for Lucas Valley in Marin County, Calif., The Veterans Administration National Cemetery in Riverside, Calif., and Serano in El Dorado Hills, Calif. He worked with HAAG Landscape Architecture, Land Architecture, Restoration Resources, and Kelly Design Group in recent years.

In 2007, Charles authored “Trees of the California Landscape: A Photographic Manual of Native and Ornamental Trees.” Chuck’s passion for trees shows in this exhaustive resource for anyone who loves trees.

Chuck is survived by his sister, Debbie Martinez; brother-in-law, Robert Martinez; niece, Kathryn Martinez; nephew, Luis Perez-Martinez (Michelle Wells); great niece, Alice Perez-Martinez; great nephew, Nathaniel Perez-Martinez, all of Eureka, Calif. Chuck is also survived by his aunts, Doris Rybicki, Dorie Trotter, Barbara Egan, and his uncle Robert Egan, as well as 12 cousins and their children.

Because of his avid love of plants and history, Chuck volunteered with the Sacramento Historic Rose Garden and the University Arboretum at Cal State University, Sacramento, and was a supporter of the California Native Plant Society. Contributions in honor of Charles R. Hatch may be made to the Humboldt Botanical Gardens Foundation at or HBGF, P.O. Box 6117, Eureka, CA 95501.

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