Robert E. Hanson (December 29, 1924 - August 6, 2013)

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Sequim resident Robert Emmet Hanson passed away at home on August 6 at age 88 of congestive heart failure.

He was born in Maple Park, Illinois, on December 29, 1924, to Emmet and Hilda Larson. After his mother died during childbirth, he was adopted by his Aunt Selma and her husband, Martin Hanson.

His early childhood was spent in Grand Rapids, Michigan, and later Los Angeles, California, graduating from Hollywood High School. He attended University of California, Los Angeles, where he was on the basketball team, a member of Theta XI fraternity and graduated in 1949 with a Bachelor of Science.

He joined the accounting firm of Ira N. Frisbee, CPA, of Beverly Hills, California, becoming one of its CPAs and later becoming a tax partner and teaching at UCLA.

After Frisbee merged with Arthur Young & Company, he was moved to the Orange County, California, office as director of tax, becoming its managing partner in 1969.

In 1969, he was also chairman of Governor Ronald Reagan's Commission of Education Reform, where he met his wife, Deonne, one of its members.

In 1975, he was selected as director of taxes for the worldwide firm and transferred to its New York City office, residing in Greenwich, Connecticut. He tenured 10 years in NYC and was head of the firm's government relations in Washington, D.C.

Also, he was instrumental in producing the first edition of the Arthur Young Tax Guide. The firm later merged, so it is now the Ernst & Young Tax Guide.

In 1985, he was transferred to the Singapore office as regional director of the Southeast Asia practice. While there, he served on the board of APCAC, or Asian Pacific American Chamber of Commerce.

In 1989, he retired to Rancho Santa Fe, California, until moving in 1997 to Sequim, where he became involved with Sequim Community Church, serving as elder of finances until his passing.

He loved music, especially jazz, traveling the circuit with his beloved wife and best friend, Deonne, and playing poker with his buddies at the casino. A member of SunLand Golf & Country Club, he was an avid golfer until an unsuccessful shoulder surgery rendered him unable to play.

He was most passionate about his active role in the raising of three of his grandchildren who lived with him in Sequim — Brooke, Wesley and Keaton Stromberg — most notably the latter two of whom are in the musical trio Emblem3.

With his wife, he attended all their piano recitals, school talents shows, horse shows, Wolf Pup football, soccer and music gigs locally and at Seattle's EMP.

It can be said he was an honest and good man who is survived by his wife, Deonne; two sisters; seven children; 15 grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.

A service was held at Sequim Community Church on Aug. 17.

Donations can be made in his name to the Faith Foundation Fund at Sequim Community Church, 950 North Fifth Avenue, Sequim, WA 98382; or Volunteer Hospice of Clallam County, 540 East Eighth Street, Port Angeles, WA 98362.
Published in The Peninsula Daily News on Oct. 27, 2013
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