Thursday, March 1, 2012

Rachel's Children Fund

As some of you may know my beautiful daughter, Rachel, died in her home in Cameron Park, California  Monday, February 27.  Her husband, Todd Winkler, is in custody.  The Eldorado County Court has given me guardianship of the three children Eva 4, Ariel 2, and Alex 9 months.  They will live with me in Napa, California.

There has been a tremendous outpouring of love and sympathy.  I have a team of friends and family currently looking for a large house where I can paint and raise the children with the help of a nanny.  A children's fund has been established in Rachel's name to receive monetary gifts.  The following information will guide those of you who want to contribute.  Thank you and God bless you.  Rachel now joins my beautiful wife, Janey, who left us January 21 of this year.  I am comforted by the love of God who grants me knowledge that the two women who meant the most to me are safe and beautiful in His presence.  We will join them someday in that home prepared for us where there will be no more tears and where we will never loose those we love again.  Don Hatfield

 By Credit Card: Go to, click "Send Money" right in the middle of the page, enter the amount, select "Friends and Family", and click Continue. In the "To" email address, enter: Enter your own email in the "From" box. Follow the directions to enter your credit card or paypal information. By Wire Transfer: The account is in the name of Don Hatfield at Wells Fargo bank. Routing Number: 121042882 Account Number: 1658504855


  1. Don, I am sitting here just stunned. Although we have never met, I feel that I know you so well from your open sharing.

    I can't imagine what you are feeling. Maybe stunned too?

    I will absolutely donate to your daughter's fund to help you out.

    I am so glad to here you will have help with the children. I had my grandson living with me for six months and it was not easy. I am also glad that your sweet babies will be safe with you. All my best.


  2. My deepest sympathy to you and your family at such a tragic time.
    Prayers and thoughts to keep you strong for your blessed grandchildren.

  3. Don, when I read your post earlier today, I was absolutely speechless and could think of nothing to say. No one should have to cope with so much tragedy in a single year or lifetime. You know you are aiming right to look to the Lord to see you through, like in the lyrics of R. Kelly's song "I Look to You". To have lost your dear daughter in this way and to suddenly be coping with a second parenthood later in life, just when you thought it was time to paint, this must so hard and overwhelming too. You, and your departed family members, your grandkids, and your art will be in my prayers.

  4. Dear Don, just wanted to let you know I've posted on your behalf. My prayers and love follow you. Let me know if there's anything else I can do.

  5. Don, please accept my deepest sympathy. I really had no idea this had happened to your daughter. She is surely at Janie's side now watching over you all. Your grandchildren are blessed to have you in their lives, so close, and with so much love to give. You all are in my thoughts and prayers.

  6. Don,
    J clooe and I can not begin to express the sadness Rachel's passing has caused us. Our kids are all close in age, a connection we enjoyed sharing together. I know Joe has many great memories of Rachel and your whole family. Rachel was a pure and beautiful soul. She's greatly missed. Our deepest sympathy to you and the entire Hatfield family.
    Joe and chanine Neff

  7. with so many low-life scammers on the internet a lot of people will wonder if this is yet another one.
    It is NOT. If you need confirmation Google this,

    Cameron Park murder victim identified

    I hope this helps you some Don.

  8. Sorry for your lose Don. I sent a little something to help out. I hope things work out for you!

  9. Je suis effondrée d'apprendre une aussi tragique nouvelle... Sachez que de l'autre côté de l'océan je pense fort à vous.
    Gros bisous

  10. Don, I found you through Susan's blog. So very sorry for both your losses and the children's. I hope the small amount I sent will help.