November 17, 1948 - March 10, 2020
Safet O. Hatic, loving husband of Dorothy B. Hatic, beloved father of Safet O. Hatic II (Anna) and Halida Hatic (Jeff Farmer), extraordinary Dido to Safet O. Hatic III, Emina Hatic, Bodhi Hatic Farmer, and Tahira Hatic Farmer, passed away on March 10, 2020. He is survived by siblings Halida Arnold, Fatima Clifton (Mike), Haas Hatic (Deborah), and Halid Hatic (Wendy Borger). Safet is preceded in death by his parents Osman and Halida Hatic.
Safet, born in Kriftel/TS, Germany, was a self-employed businessman; motorcycle enthusiast; avid cyclist; keen photographer; founding member of the Buckeye Chapter of the BMW Car Club of America; and curator, historian, and caretaker of a local collection of historical vehicles. He was an unforgettable figure in his community, and a remarkable human who is remembered for his generosity; strength of character; and passion and unwavering commitment to his family and friends. Safet had a kind and gentle heart that will not be forgotten. His innate intelligence, wisdom, and understanding of the mechanical workings of engines was unparalleled. He was known and respected at the track and among car aficionados across the country for his wealth of knowledge, information, and insight, which he loved to share. Safet was always curious to learn and expand his knowledge and understanding of the vehicles that he was restoring and maintaining, and eager to share his restoration adventures with fellow enthusiasts.
Safet was an adoring husband, father, uncle, and grandfather (known as Dido to his grandkids). He was passionate, full of life, and always ready for a new project and a new adventure. He worked hard and loved fiercely. He could be found trackside, courtside, poolside, and anywhere else his children and grandchildren were competing, playing, or adventuring. He loved the soothing sound of the waves hitting the shore, and the feel of the sand in his toes. He was a gentle giant with the strength and determination to solve any problem, and the presence and wisdom to slow down and take the long way home. Safet loved his family and friends with a fierce and tender heart that was ever expanding throughout his life.
In light of the COVID-19 outbreak, the family will hold a private service, and will host a public celebration once it is safe to travel. The family will provide as much advance notice as possible for the celebration.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests contributions in Safet's honor to Enneagram Prison Project (P.O. Box #804, Los Gatos, CA 95031 - enneagramprisonproject.org), or the BMW Car Club Foundation (190 Manatee Ct, Greer, SC 29651 - bmwccafoundation.org).