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Cheryl Pitkin

Rest In Peace...
July 15, 2018

Cheryl Pitkin Hatch
Updated: July 26, 2018 - From

CherylCheryl Marie (Pitkin) Hatch, a Moscow native, currently of Sandpoint, died in the early morning hours of Sunday, July 15, 2018, at Providence Sacred Heart Medical Center in Spokane. She was 72.

Cheryl was born July 8, 1946, in Moscow to Franklin H. and Virginia D. (Ott) Pitkin. She grew up in Moscow, attended Moscow schools, graduating from Moscow High in 1964. She attended the University of Idaho and then worked in California. In 1970, she began working at the University of Idaho, served in a variety of positions and retired as an accounts technician in the College of Forestry, Wildlife and Range Sciences in 1983.

In 1983, she and Charles R. Hatch were married in Langley, Wash. Following their marriage, they spent 11 years overseas in India, Pakistan and Afghanistan while maintaining their home in Moscow. In 2009, they moved to Sandpoint full time.

Cheryl enjoyed spending time with her children and grandchildren, traveling and creating decorative cards and arrangements.

She is survived by her husband at their home in Sandpoint; her children, Franklin Martz, of Spokane, Shannon Wells of Rolla, Mo., Ty Hatch, of Pueblo, Colo., and Ravi Hatch of Moscow; as well as seven grandchildren. She is also survived by her brothers Gannett Pitkin, of Victoria, Minn., and Mark Pitkin, of Moscow, as well as step-sisters Cora Sue LeBret and Connie Cain, both in Spokane.

She was preceded in death by her parents and a brother, Wayne Pitkin.

A private graveside service will be held at the Moscow Cemetery. A celebration of life will be at the Frank Pitkin Forest Nursery on Highway 8, just west of the Elks Golf Course beginning at 1 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 25, 2018.

The family suggests memorials be made to the Frank Pitkin Nursery Scholarship Fund at the University of Idaho.

Arrangements have been entrusted to Short's Funeral Chapel, Moscow, and online condolences may be sent to


Updated: August 1, 2013

Dear Classmates.   I see it is July 2013 and I have not updated my bio sheet for about six years. Since that time, there has been little to talk about so I guess I let it slide.

Then, 2013 became the year of change. We still have our ski house at Schweitzer and Chuck and I have spent more and more time up here over the last six years. Ty, his wife Alisha, two children and youngest son, Ravi, were all living in the Moscow house and going to school. We did have a bed in the "study" but it got a little chaotic down there so we tended to limit our stays to a few days at a time.

Ravi, Alisha and Ty
Ravi... Alisha... and Ty...

However, this May, all three graduated from College. Ravi has a job in management training position with Enterprise in Richland, WA. Alisha is now working as a nurse in Pueblo, CO and Ty is working on getting his Master's degree in Psychology so he can be a school counselor. My daughter and her husband have been transferred to Ft. Leonard Wood, MO after 8 war zone deployments in his career. He is now a Master Sgt. Our oldest son, Frank, received his Masters degree a year ago and was transferred to the Bellevue Group Health office as a Clinical Systems Consultant.

Chuck and I are in the process of cleaning out the "nest" witch will be sold within the year. We will downsize to an apt. in Moscow but will keep the ski house as well. It has (so far) been a year of new beginnings and, to celebrate, we plan to take a cruise to AK next month just to see how retirees should live. Life is good.

It is our hop that the birds will fly on their own now and we can reinvent ourselves with newfound freedoms. And, from the look of it, we could keep busy just visiting kids, as spread out as they are. BUT, for their sakes, I hope we find other outlets for what energy we have left.

Looking forward to seeing you at the reunion next summer.

Spouse: Charles (Chuck) Hatch

Chuck and Cheryl (Pitkin) Hatch
Chuck and I were married in l983
Update: January 19, 2009

Since we have another reunion coming up, I thought I better update this page.  Chuck retired in January 2007 and we have been traveling since then.  Spent several months initially driving around the U.S. and having a great time reconnecting. 

Our son, Ty, finished his 6 year term in the Air Force and moved to Moscow to go back to school at the Univ. Soooo, he is living in our Moscow house with his wife and two very small children (ages 3 and 1. Needless to say, we now divide our time between there and our ski house (work in progress) at Schweitzer. It's quieter!! Our oldest son, frank and his wife are still in Spokane and our daughter still at Ft. Lewis with her husband and two sons. Our youngest son, Ravi, will be enlisting in the military very soon.

Aside from the reunion this summer, we hope to see Ravi graduate from boot camp, host a Pitkin family reunion at the ski house and take my brother, Gannett, on a two week trip to southern Germany. It will be a year to look forward too. I'd include a more recent photo but haven't got one that looks any better. :)

Thanks to Bill Sever for his enduring efforts to keep us all together, and to the Reunion Committee for their help in organizing us.  We look forward to seeing you all in June.

Ty, Shannon, Frank & Ravi
Picture From the 2004
Kids:  Left to Right...
  • Ty Patrick Hatch (age 21) AirForce
  • Shannon Lea Wells (age 29) Married (2 boys, ages 7 and 3)
  • J. Franklin Martz (age 31) Married - working for Group Health in Seattle
  • Charles Ravi Hatch (age 19) Student at NIC

I am living in Moscow, Idaho - married to Charles Hatch who is currently vice-president of research at the University.  We have four children, including a son who is stationed in Germany with the Air Force and a daughter who is married to a sgt. in the Army and also stationed in Germany.  I see a trip to Europe in my future this year!

I worked for the University until Chuck and I were married in l983.  We lived in India and Pakistan for 9 years, returning to the states for the last time in l994 - where, I might add, I intend to stay. :)  I am a homemaker and enjoying the newfound freedom of kids who are on their own or in College.  Life has been an adventure but, now that the kids are more independent, we hope for retirement in a couple years and a chance to travel for fun.

I look forward to seeing you all again this summer.

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