Patricia “Patsy” Ann DuRette Hafen
Hagerman, Idaho - Little Patricia Hafen passed peacefully on Friday April 19, 2013. She was 82. Patricia was born March 5, 1931, the youngest of the eight children of Francis Ralph and Mary Valarie DuRette. Patricia grew up along the banks of the beautiful Willamette River in Oregon, part of a fun loving family involved in farming and logging. She learned of tragedy early when she lost her mother at the age of 8.
In her late teens, she journeyed to St. George, Utah to visit her Grandmother Short and Aunt Mable and while there was motivated to stay and attend Dixie College. There she met a handsome cheerleader, Gregerson Hafen, who wooed and won her love. They were married in the St. George Temple on May 26, 1951. Patsy finished her teaching degree and taught school while Greg served during the Korean war. Through the years they had nine children, eight who they raised to adulthood.
When Greg returned, he and Patsy taught school in Circleville, Utah. In 1960, the opportunity came to purchase a homestead in the desert of Paul, Idaho. The family moved into a small trailer and used a community shower house while a home was lovingly constructed. Development of this property consumed the young family for the next nine years. Patsy taught at the Paul and Burley grade schools during these years of improving the farm and raising a family. Many happy times were shared with cousins from Oregon who visited during the summer earning money hoeing beats.
In 1969 an opportunity came to purchase a ranch in Bliss, Idaho. A bigger spread with room for a cattle herd was the determining factor in this move, and the Hagerman valley communities were greatly loved by Patricia. She continued to teach school for many years, served in numerous capacities in her church community and enthusiastically shared her love for nursery rhymes, artistic endeavors and music with all along the path she trod. She led cub scouts, authored plays, and directed road shows with boundless energy. Her family and church were her greatest treasures and she embraced them with an enduring love that will live on in future generations.
Patricia is survived by her loving husband Greg, her sons Rustin Hafen (Robin), John Hafen (Carol), Robbin Hafen (Melissa), and Rockland Hafen (Robin), her daughters Laurie Hafen, Juli Hafen, Valrea Farnsworth (Matt) and by 27 grandchildren and many great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her sons Daniel DuRette and Gregerson Gilbert Hafen. In lieu of flowers, memorials in Patricia’s name may be made to: Primary Children's Medical Center Foundation, P.O. Box 58249, Salt Lake City, Utah 84158-0249, or to the art and music programs at Hagerman Elementary School, 324 North 2nd Avenue, Hagerman, ID 83332 or Bliss Elementary School, P.O. Box 115, Bliss, ID 83314.
Funeral Services will be conducted at 11:00 AM, Saturday, April 27, 2013, at the Hagerman LDS Church, 620 S State St, Hagerman, Idaho. A visitation will begin one hour prior to the service. Interment will follow in the Hagerman Cemetery. Arrangements are under the care of Farnsworth Mortuary of Jerome.