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Donald W. Hyatt

Donald W. Hyatt October 18,1935 – July 25th, 2019

Donald Hyatt passed away peacefully surrounded by his loving wife and friends on Thursday, July 25th, 2019 at Renown Medical Center in Reno. He was 83 years old.

Don was born in New Jersey in 1935 to Dr. Herbert and Mae Hyatt. He grew up in Boise, Idaho and attended Boise High School, University of Oregon and graduated from Arizona State University. Don then joined the Air Force and became a fighter pilot; flying F-100’s and F-104’s. After his tour of duty in Vietnam, he went to work flying for Pan American World Airways in 1966. While employed with Pan Am, he met the love of his life, Ellie Macher-Ryan on Christmas Eve in Tokyo, Japan. They were married in 1973. After the demise of Pan Am, Don flew for Korean Airlines and retired in 1996.

Don was an avid outdoorsman. He loved to fly fish, bird hunt, ski, and hike. Don called Truckee home for 46 years. Don’s death was preceded by his brothers, Herbert and Tom Hyatt. He is survived by his wife Ellie, daughter April Hyatt and grandchildren, Chase, Athena and Cole Froelich. Don also leaves behind his beloved German Shorthair Pointer, Gracey.

Don will be greatly missed by his many friends, and family. A Celebration of Life will be held at the end of Sept. at the Hyatt Home. Please call for further information. Don will be buried at the Northern Nevada Veterans Memorial Cemetery in Fernley, Nevada, with a military service.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Humane Society of Truckee-Tahoe or Truckee Donner Land Trust.


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