Lavern Maynard "Lucky" Hanson

Hanson, Lavern Maynard (Lucky)
age 94, died peacefully at home in his sleep on July 13, 2013 in Houston, Texas. He was born on January 4, 1919 in Owatonna, Minnesota, but lived most of his life in Scottsdale, Arizona. He recently moved to Houston to be closer to family. He was preceded in death by his parents, William and Ida Bettner Hanson; his brother, Arnold Hanson; his sisters, Evelyn Hanson Nielson and Florence Hanson Deckard. His is survived by his wife of 64 years, Dorothy Chapman Hanson of Scottsdale, Arizona; daughter Katherine Hanson Arcidiacono and son-in-law, James Cravens Arcidiacono of Houston, Texas; son Robert Andrew Hanson and daughter-in-law Mary Carlise Hanson of Flagstaff, Arizona. He was blessed with six wonderful grandchildren: James Cravens, Andrew Alexander, William Raines and Emily Grace Arcidiacono of Houston; Gwyneth Chapman and Maxwell Robert Hanson of Flagstaff. He is also survived by his nephew, Billy Nielsen, his wife Jean and their daughter, Becky, of Mesa, Arizona. He was a loving husband, devoted father and successful businessman. He was an avid outdoorsman who loved hunting, fishing, boating, and was well travelled because of it. Together with wife, Dorothy, he made trips to Alaska, Africa, the Sea of Cortez, Denmark, and Norway. He was a long-time member of Paradise Valley Country Club, the Coronado Cays Yacht Club, the San Diego Marlin Club, and Ducks Unlimited. Lucky proudly served his country during World War II in the 15th Air Force stationed in Pantanella, Italy and Tunisia in Northern Africa until his discharge in 1945. He and his family and friends spent many happy days (for many years) boating, camping, and fishing, exploring the picturesque canyons of Lake Powell. The family wishes to thank his loyal and devoted caregivers, especially Sheila Edosomwam, for their wonderful care during the last months of his life. Special thanks are also given to the nursing staff at St. Luke's Episcopal Hospital and the Houston Hospice. A memorial service in his honor will be conducted at a later date to be announced in a future edition of the Arizona Republic. In lieu of customary remembrances, contributions may be directed to Smile Train, P.O. Box 96231, Washington, D.C. 20090, Houston Hospice, Crisis Nursery, or the .

Published in The Arizona Republic on July 28, 2013