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F. Kent Hansen

F. Kent Hansen

Kent Hansen, beloved husband of Bil Blades, died at his home in Seattle of complications of lung cancer on April 15, 2013. Born in Salt Lake City in 1939 to Fred and Blanche Hansen, he graduated from the University of Utah with a degree in business, and spent his working life as an account manager in transportation. He retired from Fed Ex in 2001.

A classically trained pianist, he later studied organ under the direction of Alexander Schreiner of the Mormon Tabernacle Choir, and sang with the Choir for five years. Much to his chagrin, Kent, a life-long Democrat, sang with the Choir at President Nixon's 1969 inauguration. He also sang at the Olympic Games in Mexico City, where he was caught in a riot and hid in a Catholic Church.

Kent and Bil met in 1975 and immediately formed a mutual attraction, which developed into a relationship of trust and respect that lasted 37 years. On December 21, 2012, they were united in marriage following voter approval of Proposition 74 in Washington State.

Special thanks go to friends and neighbors of Kent and Bil; their friends in the social club, Mature Friends; and all the Group Health doctors, particularly Dr. Ted Doughten.

"Everything will be alright in the end, and if it's not alright, trust me, it's not the end." (The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel).

Published in The Seattle Times on Apr. 21, 2013
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