Obituary: Vance Hatler Aug. 29, 1968 – Sept. 2, 2016

VANCE ALAN HATLER Aug. 29, 1968 – Sept. 2, 2016

Vance Hatler, age 48, a resident of Los Alamos, passed away unexpectedly on Friday, September 2, 2016.

“I enjoyed biking with my dad and I’m glad it was the last thing he was doing.” – Kyle. We lost our loving husband and father, Vance Alan Hatler, on September 2nd, 2016. He was a devoted husband for 21 years who enjoyed his family, spending his valued time raising his children and teaching them to love God. “Dad would take us skiing, biking, and always read the bible at dinner.” – Caleb. His children remember a father who loved them and made their priorities his own. “He reads books with me every night.” – Caris. His enjoyment of the outdoors and sports allowed him to be an influence in not only his kid’s sports but their peers as well. “I loved my dad coaching us in hurdles, telling us all his stories, and cooking with me from our garden.” – Kenidee.

Vance was raised in a loving Christian family to be a generous, kind soul, which allowed him to impact his community as a whole. He freely gave his time, attention, and heart to volunteering with youth and coaching many different activities. He had many friends at work and in the community, and the outpouring of care that we have been shown reflects that he was loved by many. 

Vance Alan Hatler, the son of Larry and Brenda Hatler, was born in Beaumont, Texas on August 29, 1968. Vance grew up in Los Alamos, NM with his brother Loren Hatler. The brothers shared a tight bond and enjoyed backpacking, fishing, and skiing together. “It was always nice to have a brother look out for you” – Loren. As a child he was active in little league, track and football. As an adult he continued to enjoy an active lifestyle of running, biking, and participating and competing in triathlons. He married Karri Hansel, also from Los Alamos, NM, on July 1, 1995. They have four beautiful children: Kenidee (17), Caleb (16), Kyle (12) and Caris (7). As a family man, he enjoyed camping, skiing, and being involved in his church community.

Funeral services will be held on Wednesday September, 7, 2016 at 11:00 am at Crossroads Bible Church in Los Alamos. A short graveside service will follow at Guaje Pines Cemetery with a reception directly after at Crossroads Bible Church. All who know and love him are welcome.

In lieu of flowers please consider donations to the Hatler Education fund, lovingly set up by Aspen Elementary School at the Los Alamos Schools Credit Union. Checks can be made payable to Karri Hatler and with Hatler Education Fund included in the memo. Please include a note if you wish to remain anonymous. Deposits to the Education Fund can be made at Los Alamos Schools Credit Union, 1900 Diamond Drive (Pueblo Complex) 505.662.3420.

In Lieu of flowers donations may be made to the Hatler Scholarship Fund located at the Los Alamos Schools Credit Union. The link to the Hatler Family Educational Fund site for online donations is The family of Vance Hatler has entrusted the care of their loved one to the DeVargas Funeral Home and Crematory of the Española Valley. 505.662.2400 or