Mount Vernon, Washington

1919 - 2011


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Lawrence E. Hansen, age 91, a native pioneer of Skagit County, passed peacefully surrounded by his loving family at his side on May 3, 2011. He was born to Walter and Nellie Watkinson Hansen October 3, 1919 at Belfast, Washington.His first schooling began in Belfast with a total school enrollment...

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Lawrence and his brother Ronald went to school with my Father Harvey Smith and his sister Joann. We always visited them and talk of fishing and hunting was endless. Ive known Lawrence my whole life and think of him as family. He was such a great story teller and when I visited him he always was thoughtful, telling some fishing story of him and my dad. He will be sorely missed but I know he is with his Bernice, and he and my dad are probably already planning a fishing trip. Im sure I will see...

Uncle Lawrence, We are so proud that you are apart of our big family and one of the most kindest, honest & outgoing person there is. Remember spending Christmas at your house, or picking plums from your tree & finding all your trophy`s so fascinating along with all the stories! Will be truly missed & remembered for generations to come. Think we see a great big buck waiting for you in the stars, right next to a smiling Aunt Bernice who just caught a whopper herself, just like it is...

I'm so glad we got to talk on the phone often, Grandpa. I'll always cherish the great memories of visiting you and Grandma with all of our cousins when we were young. Playing in the river and fishing up bullheads off of the dock. Getting to go on hunting trips with you two and Dad in Eastern WA. All of the stories you had and your love for the Samish. Thank you for being my dad's Dad and for being my Grandpa. :)


I walked into the Edison cafe a couple of years ago looking for lunch but ended up spending a wonderful afternoon getting a history lesson from Mr. Hanson. He was a wonderful story teller with a great memory. He new more about my cousin's familys than I did. I'll bet he's hunting and fishing and swapping stories in heaven by now.

You were always Grandpa on the river to my kids and what a wonderful Grandpa you were! Always patient and loving...teaching all your grandkids how to love the outdoors and all that nature has to offer. You and Bernice would come to the store I worked at in Sedro Woolley and find me to say Hi and give me a hug. And if you couldn't find me on your own you would get someone to come tell me you were looking for me. It meant a lot to me to know you still felt I was part of your family. I will...

Grandpa Hansen was our "grandpa on the river" . I used to ride to Marysville in the livestock truck with him sometimes to go to the auction just him and i and have lunch together. He used to remind me of the albino deer we saw standing in the Stilliguamish River as we went over it on I-5 one time. I love the story about him winning the money he purchased his property with playing poker before he was discharged from the Navy. What a nice guy my Grandpa was and was well known and...

Love you and miss you, Grandpa.