Larry Dale Hatfield, of Knoxville, Iowa, age 80, passed away on March 3, 2022 at Accura Healthcare in Knoxville.
Larry’s wishes were to be cremated. No services are planned.
Larry was born on August 11, 1941, in Bedford, Iowa, the son of Rex and Evelyn (Mitchell) Hatfield.
Larry graduated from the University of Iowa in 1963 with a BA in journalism and was working for United Press International in Pierre, SD when he joined the U.S. Army on November 23, 1963. He served during the Vietnam Era in the Armed Forces Institute of Pathology in Washington DC. He was commissioned as an Information Specialist 4. He received his Masters in journalism in 1964 from the American University in D.C. When he was discharged in August, he joined the Army Reserves in D.C., and later moved to San Rafael, CA where he began working for the San Francisco Examiner. Larry retired in 2002 as Chief Re-writer and reporter. He served as Vice President of the Newspaper Guild and President of the Northern California Newspaper Guild for over 20 years. He has traveled all over the world and has reported on numerous major news events such as the Jonestown (Guyana) mass suicide where over 900 people in an apocalyptic cult drank a poison potion and died along with their leader, Jim Jones. He also reported on the ongoing unrest at Pine Ridge Indian Reservation and Wounded Knee in southwest South Dakota in the 1970’s as well as the Patty Hearst kidnapping by the Simbionese Liberation Army in 1974.
Those left to cherish Larry’s memory include his brother Dick (Cheryl) Hatfield of Knoxville, Iowa, and many cousins, nephews, and nieces.
Larry is preceded in death by his parents, Rex and Evelyn Hatfield; three brothers, Harold “Hal” Hatfield, Ken Hatfield, and Alan Rex Hatfield.
Memorials may be given in Larry’s memory to EveryStep Hospice and Suncrest Hospice.
Winfield Funeral Home in Knoxville is assisting his family with arrangements.