Charles Gordon Hansen
1956 - 2017
Charles Gordon Hansen died Tuesday November 28th in Boulder after years of declining health due to an accident. Charlie was born April 16, 1956 in Livermore, California to Calvin and Bonnie Hansen. Charlie grew up in California and Virginia, then moved to Boulder in January, 1978 to attend CU. Charlie graduated with a degree in physics and Boulder became his home. Charlie loved music from childhood on and played electric guitar, inspired by Jimi Hendrix. Taking after his electrical engineer father, his passion was electronics, particularly audio systems. His keen sense of hearing could distinguish sixteenth intervals in music and became even more sensitive with practice. Charlie co-founded Avalon Acoustics building speaker systems. He then co-founded Ayre Acoustics specializing in amplifiers and digital players and helped design Neil Young's portable Pono player. Charlie loved bicycling and raced as an alternate on the US team, competing against Andy Hampsten, Davis Phinney and many others. He was athletic and in good health until he was hit by a motorcycle in 2006 while on his bicycle, and nearly lost his life. With great perseverance of spirit, Charlie continued on with his creative work despite physical limitations. Charlie was an outdoor enthusiast and loved backpacking and rafting. His love of nature was deepened after attending classes at The Tracker School. He befriended Tom Brown, Jr and gained experience that there are dimensions beyond the physical, having touched his Eternal nature. Charlie became involved in personal development Landmark courses in the 1990s. There, he met Colleen Krauch and they married on Aug. 1, 1993. They had two children, Cooper (now Ella) in 1996 and Carter in 1999. Charlie believed in tailored education and sent his children to Waldorf schools. Charlie was predeceased by his parents and nephew Raymond Bui. He is survived by his two children (Boulder), sister Janet (NY), brothers Clay (Lafayette) and Matt (UT), five nieces and nephews, and former wife Colleen (Paonia). A Celebration of Charlie's Life will be held in the spring of 2018. In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts in the name of Charles G. Hansen may be donated to: Friends of the Earth, P O Box 96466, Washington D.C. 20090-6466 or the "Spinal Cord Regeneration Program" run by Dr. Steven Davies in Australia, https.//
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Published by The Daily Camera on Dec. 2, 2017.
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Happy Birthday Papa. I love & miss you to pieces. I hope yet another birthday in heaven suits your needs. Talk soon xoxo
Sarah Hansen
November 28, 2020
I met Chas in 1987 when we worked at the Boulder Sound Gallery, and we stayed friends all this time. Being a little isolated here in Steamboat, I have not seen much of him lately, and the news of his passing was a shock. I am saddened by the loss that we all have with the passing of such a great human. I too feel grateful for having him be a part of my life.
Chad Phillips
June 6, 2018
I knew Charlie from long ago. I met him through Ayre Acoustics. He was a very nice person. Very friendly and calm. His name was a legendare in the Audio world. He name was very known by all in the audio community. Very sad news indeed. My condolences to family members and friends. Good buy Charlie...
Mark Madonna
April 25, 2018
I feel incredibly grateful to have been a part of your life, Chas. Missing you tremendously. You were and still are precious to many.
Nan Deardorff-McClain
January 22, 2018
I count myself among the many many people who will think of Charley daily as they enjoy music on systems of his design. It was thrilling to discuss issues with Charley and I never left a conversation with him without learning something important. He had a huge impact on how I think about my hobby, and how I conduct my business. I will miss him a great deal, but I have a small piece of him in my den which I will enjoy for years to come.
Eric Mitz
December 6, 2017
Chas, I miss you.
Calvin Jones
December 5, 2017
Charley possessed a rare spirit, and a rare mind. He will be missed.
Bill Leebens
December 5, 2017
I never had the pleasure of meeting Mr. Hansen, but his family might take pleasure knowing that I am just one of many, many people who held him in the highest regard for the quality and integrity of his work. The audio industry has lost a giant.
December 4, 2017
Charlie, you will be missed. You were always giving 100%. May your next journey bring peace and joy.
Don Hobbs
December 2, 2017
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