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Donald Frank Hansen

d. April 13, 2016

Donald Frank Hansen, 86, the son of Annie Florean Beard and Quincy Lafeyette Hansen, was born in Kemmerer, Lincoln, WY, on January 14, 1930. He finished his journey on earth on April 13, 2016, and joined the rest of his family beyond the veil. He fought a valiant fight with multiple health problems, losing the battle to Anemia and Cancer. Don was the fifth of six children. He had one sister and four brothers, all of which preceded him in death. He grew up in the little mining town of Frontier, WY, and graduated from Kemmerer High School in 1948. He joined the Navy in 1949 with another friend from Kemmerer. He first met his future wife while visiting a buddys girlfriend in Randolph, UT. After Don returned home from duty he asked Louise out and the romance began. They were engaged on New Years Eve, 1951. The following spring he was called back into the Navy for the Korean War. He served on the aircraft carrier USS Lake Champlain, going nearly all the way around the world and back by way of the Suez Canal. On March 11, 1953, while on furlough, he married the love of his life for time and eternity in the Salt Lake Temple. He was honorably discharged from the Navy on Jan 24, 1954. Don graduated from cosmetology school in Salt Lake City with the hopes of owning a beauty shop, but began a career with the railroad instead and enjoyed a good life. Don worked for the Union Pacific Railroad in Kemmerer, and later moved to Pocatello where they raised their family and grew old together. Don and Louise loved every minute of the 63 years they were together on earth. They had one son, Melvin Quincy Hansen, and a daughter, Erlene "Ernie" Marie Hansen. They also cared for several foster children including Elgin and Isaac Jackson, Tina Knudsen and Marva Uses Arrow. They also claim another girl, Sherrie Firkins. They were always helping people who needed a place to stay for short periods of time. Don always tried to live a Christ-like life, and was kind and compassionate to others in need. He tried to lift people up, teaching his family to do the same, and to have charity and love for their fellow men. Don was a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. He served as Bishop, Elders Quorum President, and a family history mission to the Family History Center with Louise. His hobbies and interests included classical music, history, reading and spending time with his family. Donald is survived by his wife, Louise; son, Melvin (Carolee), Murray, UT; daughter, Erlene, Pocatello and her dog "Skeeter"; three grandchildren, Douglas (Melissa) Hansen, who gave them three great-grandsons, Dallin, Amos and Kian, Murphy, TX; a granddaughter, Amanda Hansen, Draper, UT; grandson, Nekhi DeRose, Pocatello; sister-in-law, Marilyn Manwill of Salt Lake City; sister-in-law, Floriene (Max) Moore, South Jordan, UT; and many nieces and nephews. The family will receive family and friends on Friday, April 22, 2016 from 6-8 pm at Colonial Funeral Home, 2005 S. 4th Ave. Pocatello, ID 83201, 208-233-1500. Funeral services will be held at 11:30 a.m., Saturday, April 23, at the Alameda LDS Stake Center, 930 E. Alameda Rd, Pocatello, ID, with a viewing one hour prior to the services. Don will be laid to rest, with Navy Military Honors, at Restlawn Memorial Gardens, 2864 S. 5th Ave. Pocatello, ID 83204, to wait for his eternal sweetheart to join him, and for the day of resurrection. The family wishes to thank all who have touched their lives through the years, and for sharing your love and support at this time. They also thank the Alliance Hospice staff, doctors, nurses, and other care givers who provided loving and compassionate care.

Visitation

04/23/2016 10:30

11:30:00

Mountain View Cemetery

1520 S. 5th Ave.

Pocatello

Idaho

83201



Visitation

04/22/2016 18:00

20:00:00

LDS Alameda Stake Building

930 E. Alameda Rd.

Pocatello

Idaho

83201



Funeral Service

04/23/2016 11:30



Colonial Chapel

2005 S 4th Ave

Pocatello

Idaho

83201

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