Jan Duane Hansen


(Dec. 4, 2007)

Jan Duane Hansen, 74, died at his Powell home Tuesday, Dec. 4, surrounded by his loving family.

The son of Max and Lillian Hansen, he was raised in Wisconsin. He served in the U.S. Air Force from 1951-1955.  He married Sandra Whitmyer May 5, 1977, and they raised a family in Powell.

Jan was active in service to public education for many years and a true Powell Panther fan. He served on the board of trustees of the Powell school district from 1996-2006 and additionally volunteered his time on the Board of Cooperative Educational Services in Thermopolis. He was also the Park County District Representative to the Wyoming School Board Association for the same 10 years.

His service to Wyoming schools was made complete in November, 2006, when he received the Golden Bell Award, presented to individuals who have made a significant contribution to the advancement of education at the local, regional and state levels.

Jan was also a man of God. His life became complete when he accepted Jesus Christ as his Savior at the Walk to Emmaus in January of 1998. Since then, he served in many capacities for the walk, helping to bring people to Christ. He especially had a heart for Chrysalis, the teen version of the walk, and lovingly served even through his illness.

He was an active member of New Life Christian Fellowship and loved nothing more than singing vibrant praise songs.

Jan made a career for himself at Garvin Motors in Powell, first as a service manager, then a salesman, and finally as sales manager. He loved cars and the automobile business, but mostly he loved the relationships he formed over the years, both with his clients and his colleagues.

He enjoyed hunting and fishing and spending cabin time in the mountains.

Survivors include his wife, Sandra Hansen; his sons, Jan (Susan) Hansen of Chapel Hill, N.C., Chris (Tara) Hansen, Eric (Julie) Hansen and   Dean Hansen (Kimberly), all of Green Bay, Wisc., and Max (Sylvia) Hansen of Elko, Nev.; a daughter Carlene Goodheart (John) of Billings, Mont.; a sister, Maxine Johnson of Cumberland, Wisc.; 11 grandchildren and one great-grandchild.

He was preceded in death by his parents and brothers, David and Noel.

Funeral services will be Friday, Dec. 7 at 2 p.m. at New Life Christian Fellowship, corner of Gilbert and Lane  8, under the direction of Thompson Funeral Home.

For those who wish, the family would appreciate memorial contributions to Chrysalis (Christian Teen Discipleship Community) in care of New Life Christian Fellowship, P.O. Box 782, Powell, WY., or to a charity of choice.