Donald Scott Hansen
September 12, 1925 ~ June 9, 2014
Donald Scott Hansen was born in Grand Forks, ND on September 12, 1925, and he passed peacefully with his family in attendance on June 9, 2014. He spent a rich and full life as a faithful and loving husband to Nadine Anne Hansen, to whom he was married for 64 years, and a devoted father to two, Donine Sue Hansen-Hein and Scott Alan Hansen. Don grew up in Grand Forks, but moved to Portland, OR in 1941, and the rest of his family, parents and siblings, followed him there shortly after. Always the pioneer of the family, Don went to sea with the Merchant Marine Service during World War II and helped ferry troops and supplies to the South Pacific Theater on unarmed ships, where he quickly rose in rank to become an officer. During the War and shortly thereafter, Don visited New Guinea, Hawaii, Australia, many Pacific Island atolls and mainland China, only to witness the exodus of refugees and troops from civil war-torn China through Shanghai. His stories of that era were fascinating and colorful. Upon returning to the states in 1946, he married Nadine Hassal of Seattle in 1947. The family moved to Seattle in 1952, and settled in Ballard, where Nadine had grown up. Don became employed in the wood industry in the early 1950’s and worked for U.S. Plywood and Mackey and Lewis, before striking out on his own in 1962 and creating Timberland Forest Products in partnership with his dear friend, Delos McNutt. The business quickly became successful with a plywood resorting operation located on the Seattle waterfront, and serviced accounts all over the U.S. Don’s fascination with the industry led to a foray into the commodities future markets in Chicago and he traded commodities for the next ten years, with a focus on wood products. Don purchased the very first Plywood futures contract in 1974. He retired from that business in 1981, and bought 100 acres of apples and pears in Cashmere. He and Nadine had always wanted to retire to the sunshine and clear skies of Eastern Washington and they spent the next 20 years orcharding. Don was a member of Blue Star Growers in Cashmere.
Don leaves behind his wife, Nadine Hansen; his two children, Donine of Chelan and Scott of Leavenworth; along with his sister, Marge Hollcraft in Edmonds, WA. He was preceded in death by two brothers, Dean Hansen of Medford, OR and Curtis Hansen of Tualatin, OR. He also leaves four grandchildren, Michael Adam Whitford of Cashmere, Melanie Jones of Marysville, Jessica Berg of Everett and Neil Hofstrom of Everett; and eight great-grandchildren, Travis, Alyssa, and Jaycee Whitford, Devin Jones, Jack, Nicklaus, and Palmer Berg, and Kinlee Hofstrom.
No Services are scheduled, per Don’s request. Ward’s Funeral Chapel, Leavenworth, is in charge of the arrangements.