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David B. Hanson

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David B. Hanson, loving husband and father, passed away quietly on May 3, 2008 with family by his side. He had long suffered with respiratory disease and is now resting peacefully.

David was born on September 1, 1931 in Long Beach, CA to O.E. and Lena Mae Hanson.

He was raised in Southern California, attending Anaheim High School and Whittier College. A veteran of the U.S. Navy, David graduated from Officer's Candidate School and then served on the USS Yorktown (CVA-10). In 1954, he married Joyce in Santa Ana, CA and they settled in Orange County. For 30 years David was a high school social studies teacher for the Huntington Beach District; teaching at Huntington Beach, Marina and Edison High Schools. During the summers and after his retirement he also worked for the California State Parks Department as a ranger and park aide.

In 1987 David and Joyce moved to the Chico area. For the next twenty years they enjoyed their retirement, traveling and enjoying their home, family and friends. David was an avid reader, especially history and other non-fiction.

He enjoyed a lively discussion and was an agile conversationalist. As a younger man he enjoyed the outdoors, introducing his children to camping, skiing and marksmanship. The Hanson family always included their pets as family members. There are several special dogs and cats now so happy to be greeting their master again.

David is survived by Joyce, his wife of 53 years, and children, Suzanne of Chico, Donald of Eugene, OR and Mary Mitchell of Corning. David took pride and pleasure in his five grandchildren, Erin and Elliot of Eugene, OR and Katlyn, Karissa and Reilly of Corning.

A graveside service will be held Friday, May 9, 2008 at 11 a.m. at Glen Oaks Memorial Park in Chico. A gathering and meal will be held after the service at Faith Lutheran Church on East 1st Ave in Chico. Newton-Bracewell Funeral Home are handling the arrangements. You may share your thoughts and memories of David online at NBCFH.com
Published in Chico Enterprise-Record on May 7, 2008
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