Scott Royce Hatfield, 71, of Preston died at his home on Aug. 13, 2014.

He was born on Feb. 23, 1943, in Austin, the son of Leona (Scott) and Royce Hatfield.

He grew up on a farm in Florenceville, Iowa, and attended Cresco High School.

He served in the United States Navy for seven years as a cryptologic technician and was stationed in the Azores, Turkey, Morocco and Italy.

On Sept. 6, 1969, he married Mary Jungers in Minneapolis. They moved to Sparta, Wis., in 1971.

He worked as a digital office technician for CenturyTel for 37 years and retired to Preston in 2005.

An avid outdoorsman, he enjoyed hunting, fishing, four-wheeling, training dogs and socializing with friends and family. He was a gifted scrimshaw artist and gunsmith.

He is survived by Mary, his wife of 45 years; daughter Jen Gaudette and her partner, Paul Secord of Bellevue, Wash.; son Glen and his wife, Sabrina, and their son, Claudio of Baltimore, Md.; and three sisters, one brother and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by one sister and one brother.

A celebration of his life will be held on Wednesday, Aug. 20, at Thauwald Funeral Home in Preston from 4 to 7 p.m. Dress is casual; camo and blaze orange are optional.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in his name to the local DNR or National Trout Center.