Geoffrey Dean Hancock
Geoffrey Dean Hancock
61, of Chandler, Arizona, died peacefully at his home March 3, 2013 with family members at his side, under the care of Grace Hospice. Geoff was one of 6% to survive pancreatic cancer for more than two years, and he put up a valiant fight against recurrent pancreatic cancer, never losing his legendary sense of humor. Geoff was born Aug. 13, 1951 in Odessa, Texas to James Clay Hancock and Dorothy Green Hancock, and traveled as a "military brat" with his parents to bases including in Alabama, Alaska, Colorado, New Jersey, Canada and Bitberg, Germany. While overseas, he worked for JBL Speakers and Fender Guitar, joined a rock band and played bass guitar for 10 years in Bitberg, Luxemburg and Berlin before returning to the United States to get his degree in broadcast engineering at the College of the City of New York. Among his employers in the U.S. was a survey company, and the Mammoth Mountain Ski Area in Mammoth Lakes, CA, where he worked as a lift operator, building chair lifts and drove a shuttle bus and taxi for the ski resort. He moved to Tucson to be near his parents, who had retired, and worked in computer sales there and in Phoenix. Geoff later was employed at ITT Technical Institute in the broadcast program before joining Telemation in video and film production sales. He was promoted to general manager when the company changed owners and its name to Production Masters Inc. (PMI). He later started his own business offering video assist services to commercial film productions, and traveled around Arizona and the west for more than 10 years working on national, regional and local television commercials for Toyota, BMW, Nike, NBA, Budweiser, United Bank of Switzerland, Merck Singulair, Wrigley's Spearmint Gum, Bridgestone, Circle K, Cox Cable, SRP, APS, Phoenix Zoo, Peter Piper Pizza and Arizona Republic Newspaper with Steven Benson, Rose Mofford and Herb Drinkwater, among others; and worked with directors Spike Lee, Tom Scott, George Jecel, Steven Hood, Harry Karidis, Michael Kucharo, Joe Rassulo, Walter Smith and many others. A match-making colleague introduced him to his wife, Laurie, and they have one son, Devon. Geoff and Laurie celebrated 25 years of marriage in October 2012. Geoff and Laurie bought the former Ocotillo News, now the SanTan Sun News, and grew it to a well-read, 35,000 circulation community newspaper serving Southern Chandler. Geoff oversaw sales and distribution, delivered many papers personally and took thousands of photographs for the newspaper. Geoff served on the Downtown Chandler Community Partnership (DCCP) on Beautification & Safety Committee, among others. He was a great and generous supporter of local arts, ICAN, Chandler Salvation Army and other organizations and causes. Geoff loved his rescue cats, Jazz and Phantom, movies, hot tea, watching Lewis Black and classic rock videos, photography and traveling. A life-long "gadget guy," Geoff also was Laurie and Devon's "roadie" for their musical endeavors. Geoff was preceded in death by his parents, James Clay Hancock and Dorothy Green Hancock, and grandmother Louise Whitfield Lane of Oklahoma City, OKLA and Dallas, TX. He is survived by his wife, Laurie Fagen; son Devon James Hancock; mother- and father-in-law, Lani and Lowell Fagen of Prescott; brother-in-law, Lee Marshall Fagen of Berkeley, CA, his wife and Geoff's fellow "out-law," Sally Grant, and nephew Sam Grant Fagen; the SanTan Sun News "family" and many great friends. In lieu of flowers or memorial contributions, in his inimitable style, Geoff said, "Save your money. You'll need it, especially if you have kids going to college." However, his latest favorite cause was the Chandler Salvation Army, and Grace Hospice took very good care of all the family during Geoff's final month. Geoff served as a body donor for science research in a special U.S. Military project to reduce injury to soldiers. Geoff asked that his ashes be spread on Mount Brandon in County Kerry, Ireland. A celebration of Geoff's life will be held from 3-5 p.m. Sun., April 7 at Valley Unitarian Universalist Congregation, 6400 W. Del Rio St, off Ray and McKemy in Chandler. Visit the Facebook pages for Geoffrey Dean Hancock or SanTan Sun News for details, and where online condolences may be made. In the film and video productionworld jargon, where Geoff and Laurie met, Geoff had a great dress rehearsal, a blockbuster film production, a wild cast party and now we say "that's a wrap." Observing his well-known sense of humor, a friend added, "And we'll be entertained by the reruns."

Published by The Arizona Republic from Mar. 17 to Mar. 20, 2013.
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I went to high school in Germany with Geoff. Reconnected in 2005 for bit. It is so sad for me to hear about his passing now, and so much more even now at this later date for his son and wife. My heartfelt sympathies to you. He was a good and funny guy. Had a dog named Beauregard, loved music, a good time and friends. May God bless those of you he has left behind, and may his memory remain as sweet as the man he became.
Wes Robison
March 7, 2018
Laurie, You may not remember me from my years in AZ, but I just wanted to express my sympathy. He was much too young. My family's thoughts are with you.
Michelle Miller (previously Rassulo)
April 9, 2013
Warmest regards to you, dear Laurie. Your Geoff made everyone smile. Know that he will be remembered.
Suzanne D Johnson
April 8, 2013
Geoff was a friend and a wonderful person whom I always admired. Although I hadn't seen him or Laurie in recent times, I thought of them often and now mourn the passing of a kind and gentle man who always had a smile and a smart-aleck remark to make the day better. Good-bye, Geoff, I will miss you.
Ben Gordon
April 5, 2013
I lived in the unit below Geoff in Bitburg, bought a Fender from him which I still have. I've tried to locate him since 71. Sad to hear of his passing. He was the 1st fellow musician I met at Bitburg.
Lance Armstrong
April 2, 2013
Please forgive this late condolence. I am a fellow military-brat from Geoff's Bitburg, Germany days and have just heard this sad news. Please know that his Baron Buds from Bitburg High School, those who played in bands and worked side by side with him are truly saddened to hear of your great loss. Geoff lived life well. My very deepest sympathy to you as you go through these difficult days. God bless!
Olive Wright-Talley
April 2, 2013
Rest in peace fellow Bitburg Baron Brat! Gerry and I send our sincere condolences to the Hancock Family.
Gerry and Evelyne Christich
April 1, 2013
Oh Geoff. Thinking of you makes me smile. When I'd work with out of town production companies I'd tell them, BOOK GEOFF NOW. He was my lifeline on the set, and he quietly mentored me in my early days at Cramer. Hugs to you Geoff, and Laurie, much love to you. Linda Hart
Linda Hart
March 30, 2013
We love you, Geoff. You will be missed. You have touched so many lives and have made those lives so much richer for sharing your love, your humor, and making us all laugh a little bit more. We are so thankful we were able to spend time with you during the week of your final days. God Bless. Love - Pam and Stepan
March 23, 2013
My condolences to Goeff's family. I will never forget the times we shared working in the film industry of the early 90's, very fun. Your healthy perspective on our "work" and how you treated everyone on a set with respect and humor, is a lesson I will never forget. Rest in peace.
Andrew Day
March 23, 2013
Geoff, I will always remember the lunches we shared during our Telemation & PMI days. You taught me so much. Not just about the business but about whats really important, LIFE. I love you brother, rest in peace my friend
david stubing
March 22, 2013
Funny, I didn't know hardly any of his fascinating life. He was always more interested in listening, than talking about himself. Rare indeed.
March 21, 2013
The last time I worked with Geoff was the Ozzy Osborne/Black Sabbath concert at what was then, Bank One Ballbark. I remember how thrilled he was to be there that night and how shocked I was that Geoff was such a fan. He was such a multi-dimensional smart, kind, friendly, interesting and supportive. One of my favorite people to have on a crew. I considered him a friend during those years together and am so sad to learn of his passing. My sincerest condolences to Geoff's family.
Linda Kruck-Watko
March 20, 2013
Remember you well Geoff from our many years on film sets.....You were always such a sweet man!..You are in better hands now. Prayers
Linda Merisola
March 20, 2013
Rest in peace, Geoff. I'm sure you're smiling wherever you are. It was a privilege to have known and worked with you over the years. No one who knew you will forget your bright outlook on life and your unparalleled sense of humor. We'll miss you!
Chris Pidgeon
March 20, 2013
Laurie, I am so very sorry to learn about Geoffrey's passing. My deepest sympathies and prayers to you and to Devon. May you find comfort in the arms of Jesus.
Linda Miller Bird
Linda Bird
March 19, 2013
We will always remember the wonderful sounds you helped Devon bring to many great guitar performances at HCLC! Eric always enjoyed spending time with you all at your house; you were so supportive of the boys' endeavors!
The Cloutiers
March 19, 2013
Geoff, wherever you are, I'm sure your buying lunch, making someone laugh, or taking a photo. You were the best, Old Man, and we'll all remember that! Your face still makes me smile! Joe Rassulo
March 18, 2013
I pray to the Lord Jesus for comfort for your family in this time of great sorrow in the lost of husband, father and friend Geoff.
Mary Poindexter
March 18, 2013
I offer my sincere condolences. Take comfort in knowing that God cares for you and invites you to look to him for comfort. (1 Peter 5:6,7)
March 18, 2013
Dearest Geoffrey...we'll miss your humor and words of wisdom everyday..we're all so much richer for having known you. God bless Laurie and Devon... we will always be here for them. You'll be in our hearts forever...
The Koenig's
March 18, 2013
Steven Hood
March 17, 2013
Geoff Hancock, you will be remembered as a lovely, lovely guy. Sincere condolences to your loved ones.
Suzanne D Johnson
March 17, 2013
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