Charles Hyatt King III, 80, of Richardson, Tex., passed away November 29, 2023.
He was born in Philadelphia, Pa., to Charles Hyatt King Jr. and Betty Macpherson King on May 4, 1943.
Hyatt grew up in Barrington, Ill., where he attended Barrington High School and was quite an athlete. He attended the United States Naval Academy and after six years with the Navy, he started his technical career with IBM in New York City.
It was during this time, on a business trip to an IBM facility in Rochester, Minn., that he met his future wife, Marjorie Aske. They were wed June 28, 1969, in Rochester, Minn.
The Kings settled in their first home on Long Island, N. Y. In 1972 the family moved to Connecticut, followed one year later with a move to Dallas, Tex., where Hyatt took a job with Ross Perot and EDS, followed by JTA Associates. He eventually started his own company, DataKing, which provided IT consulting and education to large corporate clients in the USA and Canada and virtually to Asia. He semi-retired as he just loved to teach and continued to teach for many years until a few years ago.
It was during those semi-retirement years that Hyatt and Marge were able to fully enjoy their second home/summer home in Lanesboro, Minn. Lanesboro was Hyatt’s favorite place to be.
He loved golfing with his buddies and after his second brain surgery on August 2, 2023, he golfed four times that week! He was a volunteer EMT with the Lanesboro Ambulance Crew for 15 years until his diagnosis of glioblastoma. He was an active member of the Lanesboro American Legion Post 40, where he served proudly.
The American Legion marches every year in the annual parade in Lanesboro, which was on August 4, 2023, the day Hyatt was discharged from the hospital after his second brain surgery. Hyatt was not happy that “the family/doctors” would not allow him to walk in the parade! When he arrived home that morning from the hospital, he immediately changed into his uniform and walked up the street to greet his Legion members assembling for the parade. During the parade they stopped in front of his home and honored Hyatt with a salute and words of appreciation for his dedication of service to the community
Hyatt was also an “award-winning” blood donor for the American Red Cross and never missed giving during one of their drives. We think he was on their speed dial list!
He was always giving.
Hyatt is survived by his wife Marge and two daughters, Jodi King Gentilozzi (Mike) of Bradenton, Fla., and Heather King of Dallas, Tex.; and his brother, Scott King of Manhattan Beach, Calif.
He is predeceased by his parents and his son Bill M. King.
Hyatt’s final resting place will be the Veterans Cemetery in Preston, Minn., near his Minnesota home, in the spring of 2024.
A celebration of life will be held in Dallas and is being planned, and will be announced on Facebook.