Clarence Hatch Sr., 58; Longtime Tulalip Tribes Executive Director
The death last weekend of Clarence Hatch Sr. leaves a huge void in the administration of the Tulalip Tribes, say those who worked with him.
"It's the end of an era here," said Linda Jones, tribal executive for health and human services.
Hatch, executive director of the tribes for the past 13 years, died Saturday. He was 58.
Evening services will be at 7 p.m. tonight at the Tulalip Tribal Center. The funeral will be at 10 a.m. tomorrow in the center, with interment in the Tulalip's Mission Beach Cemetery.
All businesses at the Tulalip Tribes Reservation west of Marysville will be closed tomorrow out of respect to Hatch.
As the chief executive officer of the tribes, administratively operating tribal affairs and carrying out the board's policies, it was Hatch who made it possible for new programs, Jones said. "He was supportive; I'd make a recommendation and he would support it with the board."
Hatch is survived by his wife of 24 years, Dolores, four sons, two daughters and 10 grandchildren. He was born in Stanwood. He went to California briefly but returned to the Tulalip Tribes 24 years ago.
Hatch was elected to the Tulalip Board of Directors before going to work for the Tribes as services manager for about three years. When the position of executive director was created, Hatch was tapped for the job.
Under his administration, the number of people working for the tribes quadrupled to about 600, with the development of the fish hatchery, marina, marina restaurant, a senior citizen's retirement center and home and enhanced senior activites as well as bingo and casino gambling.
A proposed industrial park and Interstate 5 interchange also was designed and proposed under his leadership.
Health and human services at the Tulalip Tribes tripled in the past few years, with new programs on chemical dependency treatment, family counseling, child welfare and veterans programs.
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