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David G. Hanson

June 24, 1937 ~ February 8, 2024 (age 86) 86 Years Old

David Hanson Obituary

David George Hanson, Ph.D.

David George Hanson, 86, of Moscow, Idaho, passed away peacefully on February 8th with his loving wife by his side.   He was dedicated to enriching the lives of others and lived his life filled with the love of friends and family.

Dave was born on June 24, 1937 in Cloquet, Minnesota to Marjory Edith Hanson and Orvil George Hanson. He was the youngest of four children and enjoyed the attention of his three older sisters. At the time his whole family lived in a log cabin near Flute Reed Creek in Hovland, MN on the shores of Lake Superior.

Dave seemed to be born with a strong work ethic and recalled that one of his first memories was having a job picking strawberries for the family. He moved with his family to Oregon in 1945.  They settled near Hillsboro and lived in another log cabin built by his father.  David graduated from Hillsboro High School in 1955.  He was a tall man and used his 6’8” stature to great effect for basketball.  He played at George Fox College in Newberg, Oregon for a year before being recruited to play at Northwest Nazarene College in Nampa, Idaho. His success on the basketball court helped take the NNC Crusaders to their first National Championship game in 1957.

After graduating from NNC in 1959 he worked in Kent, WA as a physics and geometry teacher for three years. He went on to Cornell University in Ithica, New York to earn his Master’s Degree in 1967.  With his degree he worked for Cornell Extension teaching classes on the physics of radiation in preparation for fallout from a potential nuclear war with Russia. He eventually took a similar job at the University of Idaho in Moscow, Idaho.

During his time in Moscow, David was heavily involved with the Moscow Church of the Nazarene.  He served as Sunday School Superintendent and increased Sunday School attendance by driving a bus around Moscow to pick up children who would otherwise not be able to attend. David also played a role in the building of the new church on the outskirts of Moscow for the growing congregation to relocate from its downtown location.  He faithfully took his family to church, sang in the choir, and served in other ways.

David was a keen entrepreneur and built numerous housing units while in the Moscow area. He was fond of recruiting the labor of his boys to help with mowing the grass and maintaining the many apartments he owned and managed. He left his indelible mark on the development of Moscow with the naming of Hanson Ave.

Dave began another career as a school administrator first working as an alumni coordinator for NNC in Nampa, then as a superintendent of the Worley School District, and finally as assistant principal for the Nampa School District. He returned to Moscow to complete his formal education at the University of Idaho and earned his Doctorate of Philosophy in Educational Administration in 1986. His career in education then took him around the world where he worked at prestigious preparatory schools in Salzburg, Austria and Kuwait. He returned from overseas to become the superintendent of the Meadows Valley School District.

David “retired” to McCall where he was an active member in the Rotary Club and lead aspects of the international student exchange program. His service culminated in being elected as president of the McCall Rotary Club from 2004–2005 an his receipt of an Outstanding Leader Award and Outstanding Devotion Award to Rotarian ideals.

While living in McCall he enjoyed his friends and singing with the McCall Concert Singers in the Christmas and Spring concerts.   He also loved introducing his grandchildren to the joy of alpine skiing and regularly taught lessons at Brundage Mountain.

He eventually retired to his home in Moscow where he was active in promoting the higher education goals of the University of Idaho.  In his final years he closely followed  the achievements of his children, grandchildren and great grandchildren.

David is survived by his devoted wife Alma, his sons(Doug, Terry, Ron, and step-son Craig), eleven grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren.

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