Ron Hatch passed away suddenly on Dec. 27, 2017, at his home in Paso Robles. He was born in Chicago, Illinois in 1941 to parents Stanton and Norma Hatch. As a youth, Ron was active in Boy Scouts and achieved the honor of Eagle Scout. He also served as the Boy Scouts of America’s poster boy in their national advertising campaign. After high school, he attended Northern Illinois University where he joined the Army Reserves and served five years. Ron was a big man, standing 6 foot 5 inches and gifted in the vocal arts. That is, he had the ability to talk to anyone from a grocery store clerk to a Hollywood celebrity. His most notable encounter was with Joe DiMaggio one rainy day at the Knickerbocker Hotel bar, a story he would recount happily with friends and strangers alike. Ron enjoyed a successful career in sales working for Stanley Vidmar, Weber Marking Systems and Republic Steele and earned multiple awards for his top efforts. In his leisure time, Ron sailed, skied and traveled worldwide. Italy and Portugal were amongst his favorite destinations. Ron’s large size was matched by his love for his family and pride in their achievements. He also had a big heart for his feline friends, providing forever homes to more than a dozen stray cats in his life. Ron is survived by his wife of 38 years, Sandra; daughter, Kristi; son, Jonathon; step-daughter, Ellen; step-son, Tod; grand-daughters: Phoebe and Page; grand-sons: Duke, Griffin and Hayden; sister, Pam; brothers, Greg and Jeff; and many nieces and nephews. We take comfort knowing Ron is in heaven chatting up the angels.