Patrick Hatwan


March 17, 1950 - January 2, 2021


Patrick Hatwan, 70, of Mitchell, SD formerly of Lincoln, NE, died Saturday, January 2, 2021 at his home in Mitchell with family present. Funeral arrangements are pending under the direction of Bittner Funeral Chapel.

Patrick “Pat” Joe Hatwan was born March 17, 1950 to Roland and Anna Mae (Pentzer) Hatwan. Pat started school in Pickstown, moved to Pierre, SD until the 9th grade. He returned to Pickstown for graduation in 1968. During his high school years, he participated in cross country, basketball (1968 District champs and Regional Tournament participants), and track (1968 State qualifier in long jump). Pat attended and played basketball for Dakota Wesleyan University in Mitchell. He joined the SD National Guard and served in Bosnia during 1996 (Operation Joint Endeavor).

Pat was joined in marriage to Maryl Ackerman in 1970 in Mitchell. To this union were born: Angela Hatwan-Carda of Sioux Falls, SD; Heather Hatwan of Nederland, CO; Stephanie (Kam) Farrokhi of Spearfish, SD; Lindsey Hatwan of Mitchell, SD; David (Amber) Hatwan of Mitchell, SD; Megan (Paul) Savage of Sioux Falls, SD; and Jonathan (Amanda) Hatwan of Mitchell, SD. He is also survived by 12 grandchildren, one on the way, and one great-grandchild. The couple divorced, and Pat later married Lynn Elder-Meagher in 2008 in Lincoln, NE.

Pat leaves behind sisters: Jeanie (Randy) Larson of Sgt. Bluff, IA; Lori (Danny) Slaba of Renner, SD; Karen (Waldon) Olson of Pickstown, SD; Kathy Svatos of Yankton, SD; brother, Dale (Susan) Hatwan of Centralia, WA; and numerous nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents; granddaughter, Rayne Hatwan; nephew, Jason Slaba; and brother-in-law, Dean Svatos.

Pat’s family would like to thank Hospice of Mitchell for their tender care of Pat.  


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Posted by Pat Cassutt on January 12, 2021
So sorry to hear about the passing of your dad and grandfather. I have many memories of watching his childen when they were attending the Catholic School here in Mitchell. Sending prayers to you and your family.
Posted by John Hartung on January 11, 2021
Pat was a competitor with the ability to adapt his particular talents to the task at hand. In addition to competing in basketball at DWU he was an outstanding track and field athlete, setting a school record in the high jump {6โ€™7โ€) a mark that held for more than twenty years. A good team member and friend to many and a pleasure to coach.
Posted by Lynn TerMeer on January 9, 2021
So sorry for your Loss ๐Ÿ™ Your in my Thoughts & Prayers ๐Ÿ™
Posted by Ed and Julie Murphy on January 8, 2021
Our deepest sympathy to the Hatwan family. May Pat Rest In Peace and may God bring you comfort and peace during this difficult time. Blessings to you all.
Posted by Keith O. Christensen on January 8, 2021
Pat was like a brother to me most of my adult life. We had our spats over religion and politics. Nether of us ever moved off point. Pat could have been a 5-star Chef. Man could he make the grill work for him. I was the lucky one
to feast. Pat was a craftsman to the highest degree. His stucco and later in life even more fancy stuff. Pats works still adorn Mitchell. City Hall and Nepstadโ€™s to name a few. Pat is one of the main reasons i enjoy 27 yrs sobriety. His guidance and caring was priceless. Pat was always in my corner as a coach. Even when i coached his own kids. This is damn rare these days.
Often i needed anfoor fixed, roof repaired or shutter hung- never would he ever accept payment. So simply nrought the steaks to his grill. Hehe
Patโ€™s journey onward leaves me with a hole in my heart and the Thankfulness of being called Friend. C-Dawg
Posted by Bob Brown on January 8, 2021
Godspeed Pat. The final โ€œfast breakโ€
Posted by Marty Pemrick on January 8, 2021
So sorry to hear of Pat's passing. Thoughts & prayers to the family.
Posted by Mary Pearson on January 7, 2021
Prayers go out to all of you during this time of loss.
Posted by Becki Larson Peterson on January 6, 2021
One of ours!! โค๏ธ
Posted by Nancy Anderson Reinbold on January 6, 2021
My heartfelt sympathy to all of Patโ€™s family & friends. May he Rest In Peace.
Posted by Misty Svatos on January 6, 2021
Sending prayers to the Hatwan family.
Posted by Patty Crockett on January 6, 2021
My deepest condolences for the Hatwan family. RiP Pat
Posted by Barbara Lihs Grant on January 6, 2021
So sorry for your loss..prayers coming your way.
Posted by Scott Weber on January 6, 2021
I was selected to keep track of rebounds for the Pickstown Engineers basketball team in 1968. I was 12. And I was given an 'official' clipboard, and got to sit with the team sometimes. Big time!
I would go to the locker room at halftime. Pat would immediately come up to me to see how many rebounds I had recorded.
He was usually disappointed, thinking I had missed some, but he always treated me right.
His sister Lori, in my grade, is a gem.
Pat Hatwan, very good guy when he didn't have to be.
"Hatwan, with the corner's good!"
It's why Pickstown won District 28 in 1968.
Posted by Patty and Jerry Lihs on January 6, 2021
Pest in peace, Pat. Prayers and sympathy to the Hatwan family. Pat was surrounded by those who loved him. No more pain and suffering. Cherish the memories and may you feel the love and prayers.
Posted by Dale and Sue Hatwan on January 6, 2021
You fought a hard battle. Our deepest condolences. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all during this difficult time. RIP Patrick Hatwan. You will be missed. I applaud your strong stubborn will. God Bless you.
Posted by Judy Olson on January 6, 2021
My sympathies and prayers to all the Hatwan families. A great Pickstown legend has reached his goal. God Bless you all.
Posted by Anne Steffen on January 6, 2021
My condolences for my for neighbors. Love and prayers to the entire Hatwan family. I hope you all take comfort in the knowledge that Pat in now with our Lord. God Bless.
Posted by Mike Pfeffer on January 6, 2021
Good game Pat, you made the final shot of the final game, rest in peace.
Posted by John & Connie Jacoby on January 6, 2021
Our heartfelt sympathies to All.
Love those Pickstown memories and all who made it the great place to live. God Bless.
Posted by Carrie Ackerman-Rice on January 6, 2021
My condolences to the Hatwan family. This came as a shock. Pat was always one of the Hatwan kids that my husband Harry loved. Pat was a big part of the Pickstown school. He is remembered by his name on the walls of the Pickstown Museum. You have my sympathy and my prayers for comfort.
Posted by Sandi Young on January 6, 2021
So very sorry for your loss. Prayers to Pat and all of his family.
Posted by Alice (Heisinger) Mentele on January 6, 2021
My deepest condolences to the Hatwan family. I have many wonderful memories of your dad at DWU, as Pat was my brother's roommate. RIP Pat.
Posted by Marilyn Gunnare on January 6, 2021
My condolences to the Hatwan family. Oh, so many memories of back in the day when the kids were all in school together and we all went to all the activities of church school etc together. God bless you all as you say good bye until you meet again.
Posted by Mary Kirwan Westendorf on January 6, 2021
Thinking of all of you and praying for your peace and comfort.
Posted by Sorry for your loss.๐Ÿ™๐Ÿป๐Ÿ™๐Ÿป๐Ÿ™๐Ÿป๐Ÿ™๐Ÿ on January 5, 2021
Mary Verzani
Posted by Ernie & Debra Hohn on January 5, 2021
Our sympathies to Pats family
Posted by Jackie Christiansen on January 5, 2021
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