Franklin J. "Frank" Hanson

FEBRUARY 28, 1942 ~ FEBRUARY 8, 2013

Franklin "Frank" J. Hanson, 70, passed away at his home, February 8, 2013. Frank was born February 28, 1942, in Chico, CA to George Melvin and Edna "Pudge" Mable Hanson. Frank was raised in Glenn and Willows, CA where he attended local schools and lived 40 years before moving to Vancouver, WA in 1983.
In 1959 he joined the Navy where he obtained his GED and two years of college credits. Frank proudly served on the ship, The Coral Sea, through 1962. In 1961, he married Shirley Jean Cunningham and they had a son, Dan. The marriage ended in 1964.
In 1965 he married Karen Marks Hanson, of Willows, CA. They celebrated 47 years together this past year.
Frank started his residential building career in Willows, CA as Ideas Unlimited. In 1983, with their son Mark and daughter Ginger, they moved to Clark County, WA. Frank built their Dollars Corner home which has since become known as "Backyard Boomtown," named by a Columbian newspaper reporter in 1991. Frank, with Karen beside him, created their old western town village evolving over the next 26 years. Frank, a general contractor, owned and operated Mill Creek Custom Homes, until his retirement in 2007. Frank was most proud of his "Granny's House" which he built for the Clark County Home Builders Parade of Homes in 1999.
While living in Willows, CA, Frank became very active in community activities. He became a life member of The Active 20-30 Club, a young men's organization. Their objective was service to youth and community, plus development of young business and professional leaders. Frank was honored in 1973 as "Man of the Year" for the Northern California-Nevada region and as "Man of the Year" for the A-2 District, for his outstanding work in 20-30 activities in Willows. In 1973, Frank became President of the Willows Lamb Derby, the town celebration in which he was involved for nine years. Frank was President of the Willows Softball League in 1972- 1973, and he also served as chief umpire for two years. After coaching Youth Football in both Orland and Corning, CA, Frank and Karen founded Willows Youth Football in 1980. They helped raise $10,000 for two teams that first year. Frank was President of Willows Youth Football 1980-1982. After moving to Clark County, Frank volunteered in 1983 to video the Prairie High School football games. Frank also helped coach his grandson Tommy's Battle Ground CCYF Football Team in 2007 and was affectionately known as "Papa Chi-Chi" to all the players.
Frank was preceded in death by his parents, George and Pudge Hanson; and brothers, Gary and Stan Hanson.
Frank is survived by his wife, Karen at home; sons, Dan (Dee Dee) Hanson of Ridgefield, WA, and Mark Hanson of Lovelock, NV; daughter, Ginger (Tom) Strassenberg of Camas, WA; grandchildren, Alaina, Tommy and Kaylee Strassenberg of Camas, WA, Levi Hanson of Lander, WY; half-brothers, George (Susan) Hanson of Roseville, CA, and Britton (Kathy) Bentley of Arizona; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Sunday, February 24, 2013, at 1:00 p.m. will be a Potluck Memorial Celebration of Life in Frank's honor at their Boomtown home.
In lieu of fresh flowers, the family requests donations be made to the SWWWC Southwest Washington Wrestling Club; a non-profit organization, % Merle Crockett, 12917 NE Cedar Creek Rd, Woodland, WA 98674. There are scholarships available to assist youngsters wishing to wrestle due to financial hardship and unable to afford cost.

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Published in The Columbian on Feb. 17, 2013