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John Duane Hansen

Feb. 20, 1927 - Apr. 26, 2017

Date of Service: May 8, 2017

John Duane Hansen passed away peacefully on April 26, 2017 surrounded by family. John was born February 20th 1927 in Twin Falls Idaho to Leland Aurelian and Bertha Mae Thurgood Hansen. He was the second of six sons and one daughter. He was raised on a dairy farm. The family also produced sugar beets, hay, potatoes, and grain. He started milking cows at the age of 4 and started driving tractor at the age of 9.

Following graduation from Twin Falls High School he joined the Navy and was assigned to the Sea Bees. He served in China, the Philippines, and Guam, often running heavy equipment. After the war, he returned home and after a few months was called to serve a mission for the LDS church to Denmark. He served for 3 years and felt that it was one of the greatest experiences of his life.

When he returned home to Twin Falls, he began to farm on the Salmon Tract south of Twin. In 1951 he met Lea Patricia Romney and they were married- on his birthday- February 20th 1952 in the Logan LDS Temple. The couple was blessed with three sons: Richard, Gary, and Doug.

In 1959 the family moved to Rupert where he purchased a farm on the North Side Homestead Project. He farmed on the north side for the next 50 years with his sons. John D. was involved in numerous business ventures including John Deere, Mart Produce, and HAPY Grain. He worked diligently to further farm production and enrich the potato industry. He served on the Idaho/Eastern Oregon Potato Committee, on the state board for the Potato Growers of Idaho, and as president of the Minidoka County National Farmers Organization. In 1981 he was elected to the National Potato Board. In 1996 John was inducted to the Idaho Potato Hall of Fame. In 2004 he was presented Russet Aristocrat Award for his many contributions to the Idaho potato industry.

John was a lifelong member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. He served in the bishopric, as Bishop, and on the Stake High Council. He and his wife Patty served in the Logan and Twin Falls Temples.

John was preceded in death by his parents, his brothers Gordon Hansen, Vernon Hansen, and William Hansen, and his sister Veon Hansen Horman, as well as his granddaughter Laurie Anne Hansen. He is survived by his wife Patricia, his brothers Leland Hansen and James Hansen, his sons Richard (Jody) Hansen, Gary (Colleen) Hansen, and Doug (Annette) Hansen, 19 grandchildren, and 34 great-grandchildren. He was an outstanding man, farmer, businessman, husband, father, and grandfather, and he will be greatly missed.

Funeral services will be held 11:00 a.m. Monday, May 8, 2017 at the Rupert West Stake Center. Viewing for family and friends will be held from 6-8:00 p.m. Sunday, May 7, 2017 at the mortuary and for one hour prior to the services at the church. Services will conclude with burial in the Rupert Cemetery under the direction of Joel Heward Hansen Mortuary 710 6th St Rupert, Idaho. On line condolences may be shared at hansen-mortuary.com

The family wishes to thank Dr. Brian Muir and Minidoka Home Health and Hospice for their kind and competent care.

Condolences for John Duane Hansen

From David and Ileen Coats:
He was my dear Bishop during my Young Women years. I love him dearly. He and his family made the north-side Blossom into beautiful farmland. I thank Heavenly Father for him and His life. I pray Sister Pat and the family feel comfort and blessings as you remember his life. We love you David and Ileen Coats
From Christi de Cofiño:
Mi más sentido pésame Richard.
From Elizabeth Bell:
My most sincetecsa.net condolences from Antigua Guatemala.
From Stanley Guenter:
My first trip to Idaho was in April of 2010 to give a talk at Idaho State University. Richard Hansen was hosting me and he and his dad, John, came along to hear my talk. Ever after, every time I would meet John he always had the nicest words to say about my presentation and my work. John was one of the kindest and happiest persons I've ever had the pleasure of knowing and the thing I will remember most about him is how he was always smiling and had this remarkable sparkle in his eye. This man loved life and was fascinated by the world and was willing to work hard for the betterment of his family and the wider world beyond, qualities that so many of my colleagues have seen in his son Richard, with whom I work in Guatemala, as well. I consider it a privilege and an honor to have known John and his family and while he will be missed by so many he leaves a legacy of which his many descendants can be very proud. My condolences to the entire Hansen family.
From Bill Parsons:
What a great guy in as respects
From Astrid, Astrid Jr. Ingrid, Natasha, Marie Labbe Bianchi:
Nuestro mas Sentido Pesame Richard y familia, May your Father Rest in Peace, sending hugs and kisses ...in our prayers ????
From B. Dale Hansen:
To: Pat & John's family
I just heard from Lynn of John's passing. We send our special condolences to you all. I just a couple of years behind John. He will have a great reception in the spirit paradise of God and will continue his work after seeing all his family. He is a special spirit and our love is extended to all you. Sorry, I am in Virginia and cannot attend memorial services.
From Lew and Harriet Roberts:
To the children of John and wife,mother, I have always held a great respect for John especially when I was fortunate enough to work with him in the stake Sunday school pres. And high council. I always remember how impressed I was when he told us once, he has never used profanity in his life. A true disciple of Christ. May the peace and comfort of our savior rest upon you.
From Diana Warburton :
I so enjoyed visiting with John. He was a great person. Thinking of your family.
From Matt Mickelsen:
That wonderful man always cheered me on as i tried to raise my family and get my farm on its feet. I will never forget his testimony about the sacred grove that he visited when returning from his mission. what an inspirational legacy he has built.
From Brad & Lori Wilson Family:
I could listen to Brother Hansen's wonderful stories and experiences for hours on end. What a wonderful life and example that we can all learn from and what a wonderful legacy to pass on to his great family. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all.
From Zayne Stewart:
Dear Sister Pat, Gary and Colleen, Doug and Annette, Richard, and choice Family,
I send my love and heartfelt condolences at the passing of Brother John. What a dear, dear man. I oft times marveled at his wisdom and logic. He was a faith-filled man. And you each are benefactors of his many Christ-like attributes. May you feel the perfect comfort of the Holy Ghost at this time, joy in the gift of eternal life through our Savior, and feel Heavenly Father's all-encompassing love. I send my love...and long hugs.
From Camilla Smith:
He was always so sweet to us, growing up even though we weren't his biological grandchildren. He went out of his way to talk to us and I'll always be grateful to him. We will be praying for all of his family!
From Rusty and Cindy Gillette:
What a great man. Him and dad (L.A. Gillette spent a lot of time in meeting trying to make the Idaho potato market better. We can learn a lot from them. I. always enjoyed visiting with him. Rusty Gillette
From Russ & Sally Holland:
What a great man. He and Pat Built a legacy of family, hard work, and integrity. What more can you leave behind?
From Russ & Sally Holland:
What a great man. He and Pat Built a legacy of family, hard work, and integrity. What more can you leave behind?
From Russ & Sally Holland:
What a great man. He and Pat Built a legacy of family, hard work, and integrity. What more can you leave behind?
From Russ & Sally Holland:
What a great man. He and Pat Built a legacy of family, hard work, and integrity. What more can you leave behind?
From Gene and June Potter :
Pat, you and your family are in our thoughts and prayers. We love John too.
From Paul and Nonnie Osterhout Johnston:
Hi Doug. I am so sorry for your loss. May Heavenly Father wrap His arms around you and give you His peace and comfort.
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