Curtis Dean (Curt) Hanson
1943 - 2017
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Curtis (Curt) Dean Hanson


Curtis (Curt) Dean Hanson, age 73 of Fairfield, Iowa, passed away at his home on June 16, 2017 surrounded by family following a valiant fight against cancer.

Curt was born at Algona, Iowa to Andrew and Lucille Bartlett Hanson on August 13, 1943. He married Diane Marie Hamer on June 14, 1969 in Council Bluffs, Iowa, He grew up in Swea City. He earned degrees from the University of Northern Iowa and University of Iowa. He taught Drivers Education for 43 years at Fairfield High School and received the Fairfield Teacher of the Year Award. He was runner-up for the National Drivers Education Teacher of the Year Award and served as President then Business Manager for the Iowa Division of the American Driver and Traffic Safety Education Association.

Following retirement, Curt was elected to State Office. He has continued to serve for the last 9 years as the State Legislator for District 82 which includes Davis, Jefferson and Van Buren counties. He served on the House Education, Agriculture, National Resources and Environmental Protection Agency committees.

Curt was an active member of Kiwanis and was also involved in the Amateur Radio community (NU0I). He enjoyed restoring a 1960 Volkswagen pickup as a father, son project. He was an avid "do-it-yourselfer" and was often helping his family with their latest home projects. His hobbies were many, including a passion for reading and history. His family and friends appreciated his sense of humor and dedication to serving others.

He is survived by his wife Diane, daughter Gina (Grant) and son Scott (Allison), 2 granddaughters and 3 grandsons, sister Betty King, brother Dennis Hanson, nieces, nephews, other loving family and special friends. He is proceeded in death by his parents.

Funeral services will be held at the First United Methodist Church, in Fairfield, Tuesday, June 20th at 11:00am. Visitation will be held the proceeding evening at Raymond Funeral Home on Monday, June 19th, 2017 from 5-7pm.

The family requests that memorial gifts be designated to Cancer Research at Mayo Clinic and/or the Education Foundation of Fairfield Public Schools in memory of Curt Hanson. Gifts can be mailed directly to Mayo Clinic, Department of Development, 200 First Street SW, Rochester, MN 55905 and/or Education Foundation of Fairfield Public Schools, 403 South 20th Street , Fairfield, Iowa.

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Published in the Des Moines Register on Jun. 18, 2017.
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June 21, 2017
I'm so sorry to hear of Mr. Hanson's passing. He was a wonderful teacher and I truly enjoyed having him for Driver's Ed. He was also such a great addition to the Iowa State Legislature. He will be greatly missed. My thoughts and prayers are with his wife and the rest of the family.
Lora Tabbert (Shelangoski)
June 20, 2017
For those of us fortunate enough to meet this bright spot along life's road, I wonder who will replace him or if that is even possible. Curt will be easy to remember for his helpfulness and a rare listening ear. The light is not so bright today on earth, however heaven celebrates for the waiting is over.

Peace my Brother
Don Sander
June 19, 2017
So sorry to hear of Curt's passing. Curt was a model of professionalism in education. As a young driver educator in the 1970's and beyond, I looked to Curt for advice and direction. Likewise in the Iowa Legislature, he was a voice of reason. He touched so many lives in a positive manner.
Al Hart
June 19, 2017
Dear Hansen Family,
How we all remember Mr. Hansen in Drivers Ed...what patience, what fortitude, what courage! And then later as a Representative. He just came to pay his respects to Dad on June 3rd! He will be fondly remembered always. You are in our prayers.
Barbara & Bob Kistler
Barbara Kistler
June 18, 2017
Our entire community is the richer for having had Curt Hanson as our representative and friend. We will miss his cheery smile and pleasant words, and his faithful happy birthday phone calls. Thanks to his family for being willing to share him with his constituents!
Penny Fitz-Randolph
June 17, 2017
Very sad to hear of Curt's passing. He really kept the IASE group(Driver Ed.) in line and in good shape. Plus he had a sense of humor to go along with it. I was concerned when he left IASE and won the special election to be in the Iowa House of Representatives, but that career moved move proved to have many positives with Curts' special caring for Education and Driver Education in the state of Iowa. My condolences to the family! Ken Huelman IASE President/Business Mgr.
Ken Huelman
June 17, 2017
Diane you and your family are in my thoughts and prayers. Just recently I was telling my husband that the people in our area in Wisconsin, sure didn't have Mr. Hanson for Driver's Ed.
Marla Lagoski (Woodburn)
June 17, 2017
Mary Dickinson
June 17, 2017
So sorry to hear of Curt's passing. He was truly one of the good guys. I know he worked tiresly both for driver ed and as a state Representative. Thank you Diane and family for sharing him with the rest of us.
Thomas Stull
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