Hatten, Leo

Leo Hatten
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Leo Albert Hatten, 85, of El Paso, Texas, formerly of Portales, died Tuesday, July 19, 2005, at an El Paso nursing home.

He was born on Nov. 2, 1919, in Eastland, Texas, to Joe and Carrie Hunter Clyatt Hatten. He married Reda Wray Clark on Dec. 8, 1945, in Cisco, Texas.

He graduated from Eastland High School, attended Tarleton University, University of Texas and Georgetown University. He retired from the U.S. Army with the rank of lieutenant colonel. He served during World War II and landed in Normandy with the second wave on D-Day. He also served during the Korean Conflict and Vietnam. After his retirement from the service he was director of financial aid at Eastern New Mexico University in Portales, retiring in 1989. He was a member of the Masonic Lodge, Order of Eastern Star and First United Methodist Church in Portales.

He was preceded in death by his wife.

Survivors include two daughters; Patricia Faye Nance of El Paso and Leila Lynn Blanar of Chandler, Ariz.; three grandsons, William Kirk Blanar of Queen Creek, Ariz., Ryan Alex Blanar of Payson, Ariz., Christopher Wray Nance of San Diego; two granddaughters, Lauren Ann Blanar of Prattville, Ala., and Nicole Noelle Nance of Las Vegas.

The Rev. John Beckling will officiate the services.

Arrangements are by Kimbrough Funeral Home of Cisco, Texas.