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Arvin Lee Hansen

Aug. 28, 1943 - Aug. 23, 2017

Date of Service: Aug. 29, 2017

Arvin Lee Hansen passed away and returned to his eternal family on Wednesday, August 23, 2017. He was in the company of his beloved family at his home in St. George, Utah.
Arvin was born on the kitchen table at the family home in Dayton, Idaho on August 28, 1943. His sister, Aileen, who was an R.N. assisted with the birth. There wasn’t time to get to the hospital in Preston. His parents were Joseph Heber and Eliza Ann Godfrey Hansen
He attended schools in Dayton, Idaho and graduated from West Side High School where he served as the student body president for the class of 1961. He was active in music and sports.
He furthered his education by attending Ricks College, Utah State University and California College of Mortuary Science. While attending Ricks College, Arvin was privileged to sing several solos in the production of The Messiah and La Traviata. He loved to play, “Bugler’s Holiday” on his trumpet.
While attending to business at Magic Valley Hospital in Twin Falls, Idaho, Arvin met Sherrill Hauser who was an R.N. there. They were sealed for time and all eternity in the Logan L.D.S. Temple on March 9, 1965. Each year near that date they attended the temple. Arvin was in the funeral business for over 50 years, proudly serving and comforting others as an owner and operator of Hansen Mortuary in Rupert, Idaho.
Arvin’s greatest possessions are his five sons and their families. They worked, played, and attended church at his side. All five sons graduated from college and served missions followed by their parents who labored in Portugal.
He served in many church leadership positions in the Rupert, Idaho area and as a district president in Portugal.
Wherever he served, he loved the people and they loved him. His friendships knew no political, religious, or racial boundaries.
1975 was a big year when the Hansen’s were able to buy their first mortuary in Rupert, Idaho. The upper floors became their home where three more boys joined the family.
Due to harsh Idaho winters, Arvin and Sherrill moved to St. George, Utah. He found shortly after retiring that he missed what he loved doing most, comforting and serving others, and with Sherrill by his side re-entered the funeral business in St. George, Utah as one of the proud owners of Serenity Funeral Home. Later this ownership expanded to include locations in Draper, Lindon, and Cache Valley Funeral Home and Cremation Center in Logan, Utah. He made many new friends as well as reconnecting with high school acquaintances.
Survived by: his wife, Sherrill, Sons, Larry (Sheri) St. George, Utah, Lynn (Kris) Declo, Idaho, Lyle (Kelee) Boise, Idaho, Lane (Becca) Taylorsville, Utah, Lance (Kim) Pocatello, Idaho, 21 grandchildren, 1 grandson in law, sister Jo Ann Jenkins (Glen) Roy, Utah, and 2 nephews that lived with his family, Bob Atwood (Gladys Ann) Logan, Utah, Tom Atwood (Judy) Mt. Vernon, Washington.
Preceded in death by his mother, Eliza Ann Godfrey, his father, Joseph Heber, sisters Aileen Blaisdell and Lora Larsen, brothers Nile Joseph, and Delwyn G.
Viewing one will be held 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. Saturday, August 26, 2017 at Serenity Funeral Home of Southern Utah 1316 S 400 E. St. George, Utah
Viewing two will be held 11:00 a.m. to 12 noon Sunday, August 27, 2017 at Serenity Funeral Home 12278 S. Lone Peak Pkwy Suite 103 Draper, Utah
A viewing for family and friends will be held from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Monday, August 28, 2017 at Hansen Mortuary 710 6th Street Rupert, Idaho 83350 and before the services from 9:30 - 10:30. Funeral services will be held 11:00 a.m. Tuesday, August 29, 2017 at the Rupert LDS 1st ward 806 G Street Rupert, Idaho. Burial will follow at the Rupert Cemetery. Services are under the direction of Serenity Funeral Home of Utah and Hansen Mortuary

Condolences for Arvin Lee Hansen

From LuAnna Maxson:
Sherrill and family we will always have special memories of your family and the 4th of July parades we watched at your home. My husbands father grew to love Arvin due to the opportunity he had to work with him on funerals at the trinity Lutheran church. Arvin helped my husband to feel better after he joined the LDS faith and to understand the here after when his father died. I am so thankful to have such a great cousin. He even provided my mothers coffin for free when she passed away. He also shared a very spiritual experience he had when he went to pick my fathers body up from the hospital which was the one thing that comforted me after my parents passed. May you be comforted in this time also is my prayer. All our love to you. Wilma Godfrey Bowcuts daughter LuAnna Maxson.
From Rex and Nichole Jones & Family:
When I think of Arvin I feel the unconditional love he gave to all she met. My life will be forever touched because of the time I was able to spend at his side serving others and learning from his great example. We love you all! Thanks for sharing such a great man.
From Marvin Gurney and family:
Sherrill and family: You and Arvin were and are pillars to my family for many years. It is with much sadness in my heart we bid good by. But I know it is for only a brief momemt in time. Thankyou for all you have done and the example you are.
From Lorn and Ardith Duff:
Sherrill and family, our prayers are with you and your family. He was and is a great man, you all have touched so many lives in these years of service . We sent our love and prayers . May the Comforter be with you and your family.
From Marjortie Jensen:
So sorry for your loss.He will be missed A great caring man in time of peoples sorrow..
From Bob and Debbie Moss:
Although we didn't know Arvin very well we heard so much good about him, a very prominent name in our community, and respected in his business, as well as church. He made a great name for himself. We do know Lynn and Kris's family, being our neighbors, and they are the most giving, loving and compassionate people. That says a lot for you as parents. He had a great example and up bringing. May the Lord bless and comfort you and your family in the days ahead. Much Love
From Stan and Leanna Bruns:
Sherill and family,
We have been blessed with Arvin's friendship over the years and send our sincere sympathy.. We have so many fond memories of our boys playing with your boys when they were all young.
From Stan and Leanna Bruns:
Sherill and family,
We have been blessed with Arvin's friendship over the years and send our sincere sympathy.. We have so many fond memories of our boys playing with your boys when they were all young.
From LeRoy Ulrich :
Arvin called me and ask if I would serve in the Twin Falls Temple when it opened. I think of him often, it is a blessing in my life. I will miss him.
From Shannon Bortz:
Arvin Hanson was there when my grandfather died and shared such a special moment with our family as he told us all that he was awe of how very loved our grandfather must've been when we placed all the pictures and the notes from the grandchildren, great grandchildren and his children in his casket with him what a loving and caring man.
From Melody Russell:
I met Arvin when I was involved in the ambulance in 1981. Arvin had such a talent with making even the worst injuries of a deceased look like nothing had happened. He was an inspiration to everyone. He truly had a talent with his profession. I treasure the memories of Arvin and he caring ways.
From Jean Vasquez:
My condolences to all family members and friends. This wonderful man was there for my family with both my grandparents, father and mother! God Bless you for all that you did for us over the last 40 years! Rest now in the hands of our Lord!
From Susan Davis-Bailey:
Happy Trails Arvin...Thank you to you and Larry for being there for me during my darkest time....The world has lost a special person, while heaven has gained an angel. ????
From Harold and Mary Poole:
Thinking of you, in this time of sorrow, and wishing you peace'
Our heart goes out to you with the deepest Sympathy.
Arvin was such a kind and caring man!!! He will be missed!!!
From Wayne and Linda Short:
Sherrill and family, We are so sorry for your loss. Arvin was a wonderful friend and leader. He taught us all to love unconditionally.Thank goodness for the plan of salvation and knowing that we can all be together again. Thank you for sharing your family with us for so many years. We love you all.
From CarolynBodily Smith:
Arvin was always there for us. He was willing to help in time of need and opened his home to us after a fire. What a great man.
From Leon & Verlene Hansen:
I met Arvin while attending Ricks college, we became close friends in just a short time, My wife Verlene and I have enjoyed our association with Arvin over the years. Each time we met Arvin it was as if the time gap had not existed, we were able to feel right at home. Arvin we will miss you and look foward to renewing our friendship again in the future.
From Leon & Verlene Hansen:
I met Arvin while attending Ricks college, we became close friends in just a short time, My wife Verlene and I have enjoyed our association with Arvin over the years. Each time we met Arvin it was as if the time gap had not existed, we were able to feel right at home. Arvin we will miss you and look foward to renewing our friendship again in the future.
From lewis and Harriet Roberts:
We have many fond memories of our interactions and experiences with Arvin in the past. To Sherril and family, may the sweet spirit of peace and comfort be upon you as you go through this trial of life. We appreciate our having the opportunity to have known Arvin and family through out the many years. His good spirit and words of encouragement will surely be missed. Warm regards, Lew and Harriet Roberts
From Doug and Connie Jackson:
Arvin was a wonderful boss, mentor, and friend. He was always willing to share all he had with everyone and was such an example. I am very grateful for what he, Larry, and Sherrill did to enrich our lives. Thank you! May you find comfort in knowing his legacy will go on through all those he has touched.
From Dennis Chidester:
A real pleasure knowing this fine man and watching the service he gave to many families in their time of need. I always enjoyed the visits with him when delivering caskets to the Funeral Home.
From Anitta Dwight Tallon:
Sheryll and family, I always enjoyed seeing Arvin when he came to the hospital. The occasions were always very hard. His patience, kindness and gentleness was always appreciated. May you be comforted in this very difficult time. Sheryll, I always enjoyed working Nights with you and appreciated your sense of humor and your love of Christmas. I pray for strength and peace for you.
From Lorna Abbott:
Loving man of God. Sweet kind family friend. My sincere heartfelt condolences to you all, Sherrill, boys and all their families. In the arms of God.
From Gene and June Potter:
Arvin had the ability to help people reach their potential. Just being around him made you want to be and do better. He is our great friend and supporter. You could always count on Arvin being in your corner and cheering you on. Arvin you left a great legacy for all of us. We will be seeing you soon.
From Dan Pedersen:
Sorry to hear of your loss. Arvin was very kind to us during our family mournings.
From Manerd & Marilyn Wall:
What a caring man he was.
From Maxine & LaMar Stephenson :
Sorry to see such a great man leave us but we know he is where we all hope to be. He was such a kind man with a great wife Sherrill and they set a great example of love and kindness to their family and others. He was a great Stake President but he was the same way to everyone he met wherever he was. He will be remembered for his great service to others and his family and we wis you peace at this time.
From Richard C Skola:
It was a privilege to know Arvin from almost his first day in funeral service. A very good man. My condolences to his family, friends, and all whose lives were blessed because of him. Farewell, my friend.
From Darlene Jensen Gray:
President Hansen will always be my surrogate father...He was there for me and my family in that capacity for much of my life...my testimony grew because of his way with ppl...my heart is heavy and full at the same time...I will always hold dear the instances of blessings he gave me when I needed them and the things that happened during and after those blessings...I've not met a more spiritually in tune person...he was always brimming with the spirit..I'm so thankful for having him in my life and for changing my life for the better...my heart goes out to Sister Hansen and pray for strength for her...the Lord is good ...and this Gospel is true
From Pauline Mendenhall :
Arvin was so good to us when my parents Paul and Venice Pedersen passed 20 years ago. I'm sure he will be missed.
From Pauline Mendenhall :
Arvin was so good to us when my parents Paul and Venice Pedersen passed 20 years ago. I'm sure he will be missed.
From Scott & Debbie Erwin & Family:
Thank you for the many acts of service your family has given not only to our family but everyone you come in contact with. Sherrill your a rock star ! Sending our prayers and love.
From Heidi Hunsake robbins:
Love and prayers to a wonderful family who I thought the world of.
From Ken & Barbara Marshall:
We are grateful for the understanding we have of what life/death is all about through the gospel. Even with that, Arvin will be greatly missed for his love and compassion and as a friend. He was concerned about me when he was much sicker than I. May peace be with you, Sherrill.
From Ken & Barbara Marshall:
We are grateful for the understanding we have of what life/death is all about through the gospel. Even with that, Arvin will be greatly missed for his love and compassion and as a friend. He was concerned about me when he was much sicker than I. May peace be with you, Sherrill.
From Ken & Barbara Marshall:
We are grateful for the understanding we have of what life/death is all about through the gospel. Even with that, Arvin will be greatly missed for his love and compassion and as a friend. He was concerned about me when he was much sicker than I. May peace be with you, Sherrill.
From Felipe Gonzalez :
Arvin was a great man. I'm going to miss him a lot he was like a dad to me if you need anything let me know
From Ellis & Carol Child:
Arvin, Carol and I were saddened to hear of your passing. You will surely be missed by your family and many friends. Reading your obituary brought back so many memories of old time and the friendships. We will all move on and what we leave behind are the memories others have of us. You will be missed and fondly remembered.
From Pauline Rice McClendon:
I played trumpet alongside Arvin in the West Side band and well remember his playing Bugler's Holiday. He was a great guy and a good friend all through high school. I'm sorry to have him leave us but joyful that we can see him again.
From Joel Heward:
Thanks for all the laughs and good times and the many lessons. I feel my family will long be blessed by the skills and attributes I have learned at the hands of this man and his son. We love all of you so much and thanks M-514 for everything
From Marion Weickum:
Sherrill and family, Arvin was a very dear friend to Stan and I. He always had time for us whenever we saw him and there was a time he and you, Sherrill, helped us through needs. We have always appreciated you. Larry and Lynn were and are special in our lives. We didn't get to know Lyle, Lane and Lance.I know he will be missed but he so out of pain and in the Arms of Our Lord and Savior. Blessings,
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