John William Hanson, 92, of Rigby, died Sunday, Feb. 26, 2012, at The Gardens of Rigby.
He was born Dec. 28, 1919, in Annis, Idaho, to Albert John Hanson and Ruby Hannah Smith Hanson. He was raised and attended schools in Annis.
On Nov. 4, 1938, he married Donna Robison in Annis. They moved to the state of Washington shortly after their marriage.
He served in the U.S. Navy from August 1944 to November 1945.
John worked at the AEC site, now called INEL, from 1951 to 1965. After leaving the site, he and Donna owned a number of businesses, including Hanson's Self-Service Laundry, Dry Cleaning and Car Wash, and H & H Glass, both in Rigby. John operated the garbage collection in Jefferson County until it was turned over to the county.
He served on the Jefferson County Zoning Commission and was actively involved in the political process in Jefferson County. John served as a Special Deputy Sheriff working with the work-release program. John was a loyal supporter of the VFW and was involved in numerous military services.
He is survived by a daughter, Sheila (Richard) Pries of Portland, Ore.; son, Terry Allen (Diana) Hanson of Rigby; a sister, Bernetta Oliver of Idaho Falls; 14 grandchildren; 41 great-grandchildren; and four great-great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his beloved wife, Donna, to whom he was married for 67 years; a son, Gary John Hanson; a grandson, David Duane Hanson; a sister, Velma Loulia Caukins; and brothers, Allen Hanson, Fabyn Hanson and Vernon Hanson.
Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday, March 3, at Eckersell Memorial Chapel, 101 W. Main St. in Rigby. The family will receive friends from 9:30 a.m. to 10:45 a.m. prior to services at the funeral home. Burial will be in Annis-Little Butte Cemetery under the care of Eckersell Memorial Chapel in Rigby.
Condolences may be sent to the family online at www.eckersellfuneralhome.com.