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Stuart “Stu” Hanson


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Stuart “Stu” Hanson, 73, passed away on Sunday, June 3, 2018. Born in Minneapolis, MN, to Donald and Bonnie Hanson nee’ Murphy, he was the oldest of five children. They moved to the Chicago, IL, area before the birth of his siblings. He graduated from Maine Township High School East in 1967, having lettered in wrestling. He graduated from Michigan State with his bachelor’s degree in Geology. He enlisted in the US Army upon graduation and served in Vietnam, where he earned the Bronze Star and Purple Heart. Upon his return, Stu went back to Michigan State and earned his master’s degree in Geology. He moved to Roswell, NM, with his wife at the time, Mary, in 1972, and had 2 children, Christian and Caroline. He started his own consulting Geologist business and went on to jointly form Siete Oil & Gas, followed by Olympic Oil & Gas. He worked for the State of New Mexico before his retirement.

Stu had many different hobbies and interests over the years. He enjoyed welding, metalworking, hunting, fishing, cooking, crossword puzzles, and beating Jeopardy every chance he got. He was an active member of the Elks Lodge 969 and a Shriner. He was a voracious reader and loved to learn constantly. He had a quick wit, a dry sense of humor, and a giving nature. Those closest to him knew he would offer the shirt off his back. He firmly believed the maxim that if you can’t say something nice, don’t say anything at all.

Preceding Stuart in death are his parents, Donald and Bonnie Hanson; his brother, Scott Hanson; his sister, Laurie Hanson-Cook; and his beloved dog, Norb the Norbrador. He is survived by his son, Christian Hanson of Albuquerque, NM; his daughter, Caroline Taylor and son-in-law, Sean Taylor both of Brentwood, CA; his grandson, Alex Taylor; his granddaughter, Evelyn Taylor; his brother, Grant Hanson and sister-in-law, Jennifer Hanson; his brother, Bruce Hanson and sister-in-law, Lisa Gillard; his nephew, Brian Hanson; his nephew, Timothy Hanson; his niece, Kristen Sheehan, and his niece, Sara Mahoney.

Stuart will be interred at General Douglas Mcbride Veteran’s Cemetery on Monday, June, 11, 2018, at 11:00 AM. Celebrate Stuart’s life by visiting www.andersonbethany.com to offer a favorite memory or expression of sympathy for his family.

This Obituary Tribute was lovingly written by Stu’s family.

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