Franklin "Frank" J Hanson, 70, passed away at his home, February 8, 2013. Frank was born February 28, 1942, in Chico, Calif. to George Melvin and Edna "Pudge" Mable Hanson. Frank was raised in Glenn and Willows, Calif. were he attended local schools and lived 40 years before moving to Vancouver, Wash. in 1983.
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In 1959 he joined the Navy where he obtained his GED and 2 years of College credits. Frank proudly served on the ship, The Coral Sea, thru 1962. During 1961 he married Shirley Jean Cunningham and they had a son Dan, the marriage ended in 1964.
In 1965 he married Karen Marks Hanson, of Willows. They celebrated 47 years together this past year. Frank started his residential building career in Willows CA as Ideas Unlimited. In 1983 with their son Mark and daughter Ginger they moved to Clark Co, Wash. Frank built their Battle Ground Wash. Dollars Corner home which has since become known as "Backyard Boomtown", named by a Columbian newspaper reporter in 1991. Frank with Karen beside him created their old western town village evolving over the next 26 years. Frank, a General Contractor, owned and operated Mill Creek Custom Homes, until his retirement in 2007. Frank was most proud of his "Granny's House" which he built for the Clark County Home Builders Parade of Homes in 1999.
While living in Willows, Frank became very active in community activities. He became a life member of The Active 20-30 Club, a young men's organization. Their objective were service to youth & community, plus the development of young business and professional leaders. Frank was honored in 1973 as "Man of the Year" for the Northern California-Nevada region and as "Man of the Year" for the A-2 District, for his outstanding work in 20-30 activities in Willows. In 1973 Frank became President of the Willows Lamb Derby, the town celebration in which he was involved for 9 years. Frank was President of the Willows Softball League in 1972, 73, and he also served as chief umpire for 2 years. After coaching Youth Football in both Orland and Corning Calif., Frank and Karen founded Willows Youth Football in 1980. They helped raise $10,000 for two teams that first year. Frank was President of Willows Youth Football 1980-1982. After moving to Clark County, Frank volunteered in 1983 to video the Prairie High School Football games. Frank also helped coach his Grandson Tommy's Battle Ground CCYF Football Team in 2007 and was affectionately known as "Papa Chi-Chi" to all the players.
Frank was preceded in death by his parents, George and Pudge Hanson, 2 brothers Gary and Stan Hanson.
Frank is survived by his wife Karen; son, Dan (Dee Dee) Hanson of Ridgefield Wash.; son,
Mark Hanson of Nevada; daughter, Ginger (Tom) Strassenberg of Camas Wash.; grandchildren,
Alaina, Tommy and Kaylee Strassenberg of Camas and Levi Hanson of Wyoming; half-brother,
George (Susan) Hanson of Roseville Calif.; half-brother, Britton (Kathy) Bentley of Arizona; and
numerous nieces and nephews.
Thursday, February 28, 2013, there will be at 10:00 a.m. graveside service at Willows Cemetery with a Potluck Memorial Celebration of Life in Frank's honor at the Willows Elks Lodge immediately following.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations made to Willows Youth Football or Frank's Grandson Tommy's Wrestling Club. Southwest WA Wrestling Club (SWWWC); a non-profit organization, % Merle Crockett, 12917 NE Cedar Creek Rd, Woodland, WA, 98674. The club has scholarships available to assist youngsters wishing to wrestle due to financial hardship and unable to afford cost.
Published in Willows Journal from Feb. 23 to Mar. 2, 2013