Larry Hatch

larry hatch
Larry M. Hatch, 89, Fargo, formerly of Linton, ND, passed away peacefully November 4, 2019 with his family surrounding him. Larry was born in Linton, ND on July 31, 1930 to Lloyd and Anne (Meier) Hatch. He was raised in Linton and graduated from Linton High School in 1948. He enlisted in the Navy the same year. After being honorably discharged, he attended NDAC, which is now NDSU, for two years when he was called back into the Navy during the Korean War. In April of 1954 he was again honorably discharged. In 1954 he entered UND at Grand Forks, where he completed his bachelor’s degree. Larry went on to law school and graduated in 1958. That same year he practiced law in Linton, ND, and was also elected States Attorney for Emmons County, ND. That same year December 29, he married the love of his life, Mary Ellen Charrier, in Langdon, ND. In October 1972 he was appointed a District Judge of the 3rd Judicial District. With reorganization of the district court system, he became Judge of the South Central Judicial District. He served in this capacity until July of 1991. In 1991 he resigned and moved to Fargo, ND to accept the position of Administrative Law Judge, for the office of Hearings and Appeals of the Social Security Administration. Larry retired in December 1998. Following his retirement, Larry and Mary Ellen wintered in Sun City West, AZ for 15 years. Larry enjoyed going for walks, golfing, reading, traveling, spending time in AZ and watching sports. The thing he loved most was spending time with his wife, kids and grandchildren. Larry is survived by his wife of 60 years, Mary Ellen, his sons: Jeff (Karla Sue) Hatch and their son, Ethan; Mike (Sue) Hatch and their daughters, Brandy and Bethany; Jim (Carla) Hatch and their sons, Ben and Owen; and their daughter, Christy (Allen) Grensteiner and their children, Luke, Ashton and Olivia. He was preceded in death by his parents, Lloyd and Ann Hatch; an infant son; sister-in-law, Kathy Basiago; and brother-in-law, Dick Charrier. There will be a visitation from 6-7:00 PM with a prayer service following at 7:00 PM on Friday, November 8, 2019 at Boulger Funeral Home and Celebration of Life Center, Fargo. The funeral Mass will be at 11:00 AM on Saturday, November 9, 2019 at Nativity Catholic Church, Fargo with a visitation one hour prior. Interment at 1:00 PM on Monday, November 11, 2019 at the Fargo National Veterans Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, please donate to Hospice of the Red River Valley or the Alzheimer’s Association. The family would like to extend a special thank you to the staffs at the Touchmark Memory Care Unit and Hospice of the Red River Valley.

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  1. Sorry for your.loss! Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.
    Paul and Kimberly Horner and family

  2. I am so sorry to hear of Larry’s death. I remember babysitting for your family and how much my Mom and Dad enjoyed your friendship, visits and you were always good neighbors. My husband also enjoyed golfing with my Dad and Larry. My very best to all of you. Love Always, Toni (Antonia) and Jim Goetz

  3. I am saddened to hear of the passing of Judge Larry Hatch. I had the opportunity to work with Judge Hatch at the Office of Hearings & Appeals/Social Security Administration. I really enjoyed working with him whether it was in the office or during hearings. Prayers for his family.

  4. Our sympathy to Larry’s family. May the Lord comfort you by the friendships you have shared.

  5. Deepest sympathy to Judge Hatch’s family. He served our state with distinction. He was an excellent role model for lawyers and judges alike.

  6. My condolences to the family of Judge Larry Hatch. I also had the good fortune of working with Judge Hatch at OHA. Judge Hatch was a kind and honorable man–a true gentleman.

  7. Our sympathy to you Mary Ellen and your family. Pray that good memories will be a source of comfort.

  8. Judge Larry Hatch was one of the most honest and supportive people I ever met and worked for. A wonderful man in every respect. Our prayers and thoughts are with his family. Rest In Peace Larry.

  9. Deepest sympathies on Larry’s passing. I remember him as a most honorable man; a good neighbor; and always a pleasant person. it’s wonderful to see all the family photos and love; great memories! May he rest in peace! Brad Schmidt, West Fargo

  10. Jeff, Karla Sue, and Ethan, I am sending my condolences for the loss of your Dad and Grandfather. I do not know if you remember me, Ethan stayed at my house (Sauk Centre, Mn) prior to adoption. I recognized the name Hatch, Jeff, and saw he was your father. I know it is difficult losing a loved one and just want you to know thinking of you. Diana and family

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