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Obituary for David J. Hanson

David J. Hanson

David J. Hanson, 74, of Carlsbad, NM, passed away December 7, 2021 at his home. Cremation will take place and a memorial service will be held at 10:30 AM, Thursday, December 16, 2021 at St. Peter Lutheran Church with Rev. Stephanie Harmon officiating.

David was born January 13, 1947 in Hot Springs, SD to George “Porky” and Jean (Colburn) Hanson. He graduated from Hot Springs High School in 1965. David served in the U.S. Coast Guard. He married the love of his life, Dawn Maisel, May 4, 1974 in Hot Springs, SD. David earned an engineering degree from New Mexico Tech in 1981. He enjoyed being a HAM radio operator. In 1989, David and Dawn moved to Carlsbad where David began work at Waste Isolation Pilot Plant. He retired in 2006 after 16 years of service. David loved cooking, working in the yard at his home and also his church as well as working on old cars. He regularly volunteered at the Community Soup Kitchen and often took his daughter, Kate, with him so she could have the experience of helping others. David wanted her to always be grateful for what they had. He instilled those values in his granddaughter’s as well and they both meant the world to him. David was preceded in death by his parents and brother, Donald Hanson.
Survivors are his wife, Dawn Hanson; daughter, Kate Hanson and fiancé Chris James; granddaughters, Kaleigh James and Kensley James; brother, Dan Hanson; sister, Jaci Dite and several nieces and nephews. ‘This is not a goodbye, but a see you later. We love, and will miss you tremendously.’
Honorary Pallbearers are Keith Maisel, Jerry Maisel, Mike Cairy, Kaleigh James, Kensley James and Christopher James.
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