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Dexter Hattenbach

September 17, 2013 — June 1, 2023


Dexter Hattenbach, known fondly as Dex, passed away on June 1, 2023, leaving behind a trail of mischief and cherished memories. Born on September 17, 2013, on Wilson Valley Road, Dexter's life was filled with adventure and a unique charm that won the hearts of those who crossed his path.

Despite his title as an "unemployed freeloader," Dexter had a career of his own—mastering the art of stealing soft blankets and claiming them as his own. His favorite target was his mom's fluffy purple robe, which he would knead with his razor-sharp claws. It seemed that no blanket was safe from Dexter's clutches.

Dexter had an uncanny ability to sniff out gourmet meals being served at different people's houses during dinner time. From expensive dry cat food to wet cat food, tuna to pork chops, nothing escaped his discerning taste buds. He relished in the flavors and relished even more in the theft itself.

His street education made him a formidable mouse hunter, earning him the admiration of all who witnessed his prowess. Dexter was also known for being selective with affection. He didn't like to be petted unless he wanted it and once he did, he wouldn't let you stop until he was satisfied.

Dexter's territory extended far beyond the confines of his home. Neighbors within a mile radius knew exactly who he was—a feline force to be reckoned with. He would assert dominance by claiming everything in sight and engaging in battles with anyone or anything that dared challenge him.

One of Dexter's favorite pastimes was meandering for days after long stretches of sleeping. His early morning walks with Sandy, Shorty, and other frenemy cats became a spectacle—like ducks in a row silently exploring their kingdom. But Dexter had a mischievous side too—he would often take up residency on someone's front porch, just to watch them wake up and worry about his whereabouts. His antics sparked a family and neighbor group chat, ensuring that he was always accounted for and safe.

Among Dexter's proudest accomplishments was his dedication to keeping the streets safe from outsiders, be it humans or animals. His namesake from the TV show Dexter acted as a guiding light for his mouse-killing endeavors. Dexter executed each mission with precision and flair, earning him the reputation of a true serial killer of mice.

Dexter leaves behind a loving support network comprising Liz (Mom), Wally (Dad), Kaelyn (Sister), Rowdy (Brother), Bailee (Sister), Sandy (Adopted Grandma), Sancho (Brother dog), Shorty (Adopted Brother dog), and Michael (Frenemy cat). He has joined Joe (Adopted Grandpa), Maynard (Brother dog), Thomas (Frenemy cat), and all those who we have truly missed.

In his final act of thoughtfulness, Dexter chose a green burial for himself, symbolizing his connection to nature and his desire to give back even in death. He will forever remain in our hearts as the mischievous and enigmatic feline who left an indelible mark on our lives.

Farewell, Dex. May you find everlasting comfort in fields of warm blankets and endless gourmet meals across the Rainbow Bridge.

In Lieu of flowers please consider making a memorial donation to Young's Daughters Bereavement Center to help with pet orphaned/adopted services at 4235 E. US HWY 190 Temple, TX 76501.  

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