On Friday afternoon -- 13 March 2020 -- Alfred Lee Hansen of Fresno, CA died at the age of 66 after experiencing a heart attack while driving early that morning. “Fred” was born on 1 July 1953 in Elko, NV to Alfred William Hansen and Dorsmae (Hinze) Hansen and spent his childhood and teen years in Chowchilla, CA before leaving home to serve a mission for his church (The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints) in Brazil. After finishing his studies at Brigham Young University, he went on to study law at Tulane University in New Orleans with a wife and young baby in tow. For the next two decades, Fred was proud to call New Orleans home as he practiced law and served in his Church and community -- and added six more children to the mix.
He was an avid philatelist, a voracious reader, and a storyteller extraordinaire. His “gift of gab” endeared him to the many people with whom he came in contact and his prolific journal writings may rival even Alexander Hamilton’s in sheer volume. He loved the post office, fountain pens, going to the symphony, and whistling, but most of all, he loved his children. They were his pride and joy and in his later years, he took the time to call each one on a weekly basis to wish them a “Happy Sabbath” and to say “I love you” and “I’m proud of you.” That love enveloped his grandchildren as well, and the “Papi” care packages he sent to them were legendary.
Fred is survived by his father, Alfred William Hansen; the mother of his children, Nancy (Bourgeois) Hansen; his children, Jessica (Scott) Creer, Emily (Jeremy) Curfew, Sarah (Andrew) Whitman, Alfred “Freddie” Hansen, Laura (Trevor) Bishop, Amy Annelle Hansen, and Jacob (Kaitlin) Hansen; 15 grandchildren; his brothers, James “Jamie” (Susan) Hansen, Royce (Kim) Hansen, Von (Amy) Hansen, and his sister Lori Jean (Richard) Burman. He is preceded in death by his mother, Dorsmae (Hinze) Hansen
Visitation will be held on Thursday, March 19, 2020 from 4:00 P.M. to 8:00 P.M. at Jay Chapel, Madera, CA
Graveside service will be held on Saturday, March 21, 2020 in the Schofield family cemetery in Hiko, Nevada
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