Joel Cristian Hansen, 51, suffered a sudden heart-related death on Aug. 8, 2008, while swimming with friends and family at the community beach in Jago Bay on Clear Lake.
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Joel was born in Oakland, CA on Feb. 16, 1957 to the late Jens and Eleanor Hansen. His grandparents, Jens Heyerdahl and Ragnhild Hansen, originally from Norway, were long-time residents of Oakland and visited Lake County starting in the 1920s. They built their cabin in Jago Bay in the late 1930s and moved there permanently in the late 1940s. Joel visited the cabin with his family during the summer from the time he was a small boy, and still enjoyed many stays there.
He loved the water and was an excellent sailor. He loved to swim and water ski and spent many fun hours on Clear Lake with his friends. He also enjoyed golf and snow-skiing and was a baseball player in his youth, playing shortstop for a men's team in Oakland where he lived before moving permanently to Lake County.
Joel studied pre-law and business while attending the University of California at Berkeley and worked in Oakland over the years as a proposal writer for his dad's architectural firm, Hansen, Murakami, & Eshima Architects. He also worked in the building trades including construction and house painting, and most recently worked in the real estate field.
After moving to the Jago Bay community in 2004, he became involved with the Crescent Bay Improvement Company, the small water company for the area, and was a very able president for several years. Joel loved living in Jago Bay and was happy to be out of the city to be able to spend time in a place that he loved.
He will be remembered as a loving, kind, and generous man. He leaves his brother and sister, Jeff Hansen of Fresno, and Elin Hansen of Oakland, along with their families. He is also survived by his aunts: Gunhild Brown, Kelseyville; and Ile Wiseman, Lower Lake. He will be greatly missed by his life-long friends in the Jago Bay community, including the Lindquist and Hanchett families. He leaves many loving cousins, of several generations, two nieces and one nephew and his fiancée, Stephanie Dressler of Sacramento.
The family is planning a memorial service to be held in early spring.
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(Published in the Lake County Record-Bee on Aug. 20, 2008.)
Published in Lake County Record-Bee from Aug. 22 to Aug. 31, 2008