Another Dutch Hunter Crosses Over

Oroblanco

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Very sorry to hear this; our condolences go out to Jim's family and friends. Thank you Travis for letting us know the sad news.
Roy & Beth
 

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treasure hunting is a world of hard knocks .. we all say things and do things that other dont like at times .. but down deep . we are Dutch hunters to the bone ...

me and jim talked back and forth for weeks about the latin heart

yes i will miss knowing he was out there ...
 

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Truly a day of sadness for those of us who knew Jim Hatt.
We will not forget the man,his knowledge,or his kindness and generosity to each of us.
We will honour him with memories of hours of earnest conversation and days spent on mountain trails.
Farewell Jim.
Godspeed.
 

mrs.oroblanco

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I can't help thinking that we are all wondering if this is just another ruse for publicity.

Frankly, I can't help thinking that you are the only one that is wondering.

Many have known for awhile that he was ill.


Beth
 

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Descansa en paz Amigo,

My condolences to Doris, all of Jim's relatives, and friends.

Homar P. Olivarez
 

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From the AJ news:



Jim D. Hatt
Jim D. Hatt, 61, of Apache
Junction passed away October
12, 2011 in Mesa, Arizona.
Jim was born in Michigan
in 1949. He is survived by his
sister Shelly Waller and his
friend Doris Abbott
 

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mrs.oroblanco said:
From the AJ news:



Jim D. Hatt
Jim D. Hatt, 61, of Apache
Junction passed away October
12, 2011 in Mesa, Arizona.
Jim was born in Michigan
in 1949. He is survived by his
sister Shelly Waller and his
friend Doris Abbott

Man, 61 is WAYYYYYYY too young :(
 

Old Dog

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Mr Hatt was not more than an acquaintance.
I was long gone from this area before he arrived.
But I respect his tenacity and his perseverance.
My opinions differ from his,
but my respect for the man is still, and will be always ...
without question admiration.

as it is with all who have spent the last of their lives chasing this mystery.
 

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Thank you Wayne for posting the link, and that was a very nice eulogy done by Tom Kollenborn. Very nice post Thom, have to agree with much of what you just said.
Roy
 

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On May 11, Ernie Provence passed away. He had been in ill health for a number of years, and his body finally gave up the fight.


Ernie was an old friend of ours, and a partner of Chuck Ribaudo, my uncle. He was one of those guys who could always get a laugh out of you.


Ernie made it to the Rendezvous last year and wanted to make the trip again this year. He was able to reunite with old friends and acquaintances, and created some new ones. His daughter called us with the news this morning. They are hoping to hold a memorial service some time next year. Our thoughts and prayers are with Ernie and his family.


Joe & Carolyn Ribaudo


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Ernie Provence, 1966

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Ernie with Bob Corbin and myself at the last Rendezvous.

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Ernie reunites with Vince Eminowicz. They hadn't seen each other in decades. The same time span held true for Bob Corbin, Tom Kollenborn and myself.

The Rendezvous has become the place to find old friends again.
 

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Really sorry to hear of Ernie's passing,one of the greats,and my condolences to his family.
I was grateful to have had the opportunity to see him last year,but did not get the chance to speak with him.
I did get the chance to listen to some of the things he had to say,and thought it was all very interesting.
Godspeed Ernie.....Regards:SH.
 

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So sorry to hear of his passing. Didn't know the man, but met him briefly last year at the Rendezvous. Thought it was wonderful that Joe and others got to see him after so much time away. Wish he was around many more years...love to hear some of his stories, but I suppose heaven needs good people too. Glad I met him (and many others) on my 1st trip out there. Rest in peace, Mr. Provence.
 

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Received this message from Dr. Glover this evening. He asked me to pass it along:

"This afternoon I received a telephone call from Diane Coggin. Her mother, Janice Coggin, died Wed. Janice and her husband, Mason, founded and ran Cowboy Miner Productions. Through their good efforts much of western Americana was preserved - from cowboy poetry to the Lost Dutchman Mine story to pioneer family accounts to old ranch recipes and much more.

Those of us who appreciate and love western lore and history owe them a great deal. Those of us who knew them owe them more.

I have lost a friend and colleague for the second time as her husband Mason died some years ago. I miss them personally and professionally. The years I knew them were far too short. I was lucky -- they were both my friends and publishers. Go in peace Janice and reunite with Mason. You are missed and the world is less rich place."

I did not know these folks, but some of you may have.

Take care,

Joe Ribaudo
 

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