Greg Hatfield, a community activist who had a strong understanding of how local government works as a former manager at Sacramento City Hall, died Jan. 29 at 65.
The cause of death was believed to be flu, although an autopsy is pending, his daughter Jennifer Paradise said.
Mr. Hatfield was in the news in recent years as a leader in civic and watchdog groups. He was a board member of the Sacramento Taxpayers Association and was a co-founder and executive vice president of Eye on Sacramento, a nonprofit group that monitors local government actions and policies. For the last several years, he served as co-president of the South Pocket Homeowners Association.
“Greg always provided tremendously wise counsel and superb judgment on issues,” Eye on Sacramento President Craig Powell said. “He had a deep knowledge of municipal government and any issue that came up.”
Mr. Hatfield started working at City Hall as an intern in 1970, while earning a government degree at California State University, Sacramento. He was appointed an administrative analyst in the city manager’s office and spent 17 years as an administrator and troubleshooter in various departments, including building permits.
He left public service to work as a development consultant for builders and businesses. He guided business owners through the complex process of obtaining permits and approvals for projects.
Gregory Neil Hatfield was born May 6, 1948, in Concord and raised in Walnut Creek. He lived in Sacramento for more than 40 years and had two daughters during a marriage that ended in divorce.
An avid outdoorsman, he belonged to two skiing clubs and traveled with friends to slopes in California and Colorado. He also enjoyed sailing and off-road driving.
“He had four Jeeps parked in his driveway at any given time,” Powell said.
Mr. Hatfield is survived by his daughters, Jennifer Paradise and Lindsay; a brother, Garth; and four granddaughters.
A memorial is set for 4 p.m. Sunday at Trinity Episcopal Cathedral, 2620 Capitol Ave., Sacramento.
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