Obituary: Gerald Hattendorf

June 9, 1959 – November 3, 2013

Gerry died unexpectedly early Sunday morning, November third, due to a heart attack.

He was born in Texas to his Air Force pilot father and mother. Like most military “brats”, his small family experienced life in numerous states as he grew up. He was an only child. As a young man he settled in Seattle Washington and became a commercial charter pilot in the western United States and Alaska. He made a career change to computers. As a result, he moved to Lake Tahoe in the early 1990’s and worked locally for the Ridge Tahoe and Montbleu as an IT Manager.

At the time of his death, he was working for the State of Nevada in Carson City as their Senior Developer/Analyst and web master.

Gerry was very fond of his pets. He inherited Maverick, a huge German Shephard, who was his best friend for years. His two cats, Whotz and Whiska will really miss the loving care and attention he gave them daily.

When not sitting in front of his computer at home, he was out on his back deck enjoying the sun and scenery while watching the boats come and go to The Lake.

Bowling was Gerry’s main form of recreation. He scored a 299, only one pin short of a perfect game. “299” was his nickname around Tahoe Bowl for quite a while. However, flying was always his passion. He rarely missed the Reno Air Races every September.

He was predeceased in death by his parents, Gerald and Lorraine Hattendorf. Gerry is survived by his son Nick, daughter-in-law Ashley, their children, Rodney, 8, and Katelyn, 6, his daughter Shayna, and his former wife Helen. His good friend, Karen, had her sewing room set up in his home. They enjoyed playing board games on the deck and watching movies while dining at home.

May he enjoy his new home in the sky…

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