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Obituary for Lynn Marvin Hansen

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Lynn Marvin Hansen

December 27, 1935 - October 4, 2013

Lynn Marvin Hansen, 77, of West Haven, Utah passed away Friday evening, October 4, 2013 while attending the BYU-USU football game. He leaves behind his wife of 54 years, Faith, seven children, 27 grandchildren, and 7 great grandchildren. Lynn was born and raised on his father’s farm near Idaho Falls, Idaho, and graduated from Bonneville High School in 1953.

After serving a two and a half year mission to Denmark, Lynn married Faith Dye of Neola, Utah in 1959. He graduated from Utah State University in 1960 where he majored in German and minored in Russian and Physical Education. During his senior year, he served as ROTC Cadet Wing Commander and was named “Man of the Year” by the University.

Upon graduation, Lynn was commissioned a second lieutenant in the U. S. Air Force and continued to study German at the Free University of Berlin as a Fulbright Scholar. During a 23 year Air Force career, Lynn served in numerous intelligence assignments including two assignments as a Liaison Officer to the Group of Soviet Forces in East Germany where he was awarded a Legion of Merit. He also served in Vietnam shortly after the Tet Offensive in 1969 where he was awarded a Bronze Star and the Vietnamese Staff Services Medal First Class. He also earned a Master’s Degree and PhD in German from the University of Utah during his military service.

After retiring from the Air Force in 1983 with the rank of Colonel, Lynn went on to serve his country for another 17 years as in various roles including Assistant Director of the U.S. Arms Control and Disarmament Agency, Vice Chairman of the National Intelligence Council, Distinguished Visiting Professor at the US Air Force Academy, and as United States Ambassador to arms reduction talks with the Soviet Union. Among many awards received during his career, he received the Distinguished Service Medal from the US Intelligence Community and Das Grosse Verdienst Kreuz, which is the highest honor award by Germany to non-Germans.

Ambassador Hansen earned another title in 2001 as he was called to serve as President of the Germany, Hamburg Mission from 2001 to 2004. Those three years were a highlight of his life and he was truly loved by his missionaries. He and Faith served a subsequent mission to Germany in 2009, during which they worked as temple ordinance workers in the Frankfurt, Germany temple while collecting, processing, and eventually printing over 330 oral histories of the World War II experiences of members of the LDS Church.

Lynn Hansen is survived by a brother, Maurice, a sister, Eula, and his children, Kurt, Heidi, Erik, Kevin, Kirsten, Mark, and Wade.

The funeral will be held on Wednesday, 9 Oct 2013 at 11:00 at the Kanesville Stake Center, 4555 W 4000 S, West Haven, UT 84401. A viewing will be held on Tuesday 8 Oct 2013 from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at Leavitt’s Mortuary, 836 36th Street, Ogden, Utah. A viewing will also be held on Wednesday, 9 Oct 2013 from 9:45 a.m. to 10:45 a.m. at the church house prior to services. Burial will be immediately following the funeral service at West Haven Cemetery.

The family requests instead of sending flowers, those wishing to contribute, make donations in Lynn and Faith Hansen’s name to the LDS Perpetual Education Fund at



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Visitation Information

Date: Tuesday, October 8, 2013

Time: 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Leavitt's Mortuary & Aultorest Memorial Park


836 36th Street, , Ogden, UT, 84403

Date: Wednesday, October 9, 2013

Time: 9:45 am - 10:45 am

Kanesville Stake Center


4555 West 4000 South , , West Haven, UT,

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Service Information

Date: Wednesday, October 9, 2013

Time: 11:00 am -

Kanesville Stake Center


4555 West 4000 South , , West Haven, UT,

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Born: December 27, 1935
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David and Marilynn Madsen posted on 10/14/13

Dearest Faith (and family), we were so surprised, and sorry to hear of Lynn's passing. You are one of the great couples that we have had the privilege to brush shoulders with on our mission in Frankfurt. You always had such a wonderful spirit with you and we so enjoyed our association. We pray that you will feel the Savior's arms around you and feel of his great love for you and yours. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. We wished we could have been there, but as you probably know we are currently back in Germany on another "auditing" mission. May the Lord's choicest blessings be yours, Love, Dave & Marilynn Madsen


Bruce and Pat Lake posted on 10/10/13

Dear Faith and Family, We read with sadness of the passing of Lynn the othere day. We send to you our sympathy and love at this time. We have very fond memories of our time together in Hamburg as we tried to get the Institute Outreach Center up and running in the Stake Center. Your home was always a welcome place for us and your hospitality was always aoppreciated. With Love and Best Wishes, Bruce and Pat Lake


Kelly Preece posted on 10/9/13

Farewell worthy adversary. My condolence to your sweat wife and loving family. We will argue semantics again when we meet.


Dave and Sherylyn Parkinson posted on 10/9/13

Kay and Kent our thoughts are with you. True Fan! Love you!


Beki Graham posted on 10/9/13

We wish to thank President Hanson for the huge influence and impact he had on one of his missionaries, our son, Joseph Graham who served in the Hamburg mission from 2003-2005. How grateful we are for the everlasting influence and mark he left on Joseph. He would write home about his Mission President and has spoken of him often with much affection and appreciation for what he learned under his tutelage. Also in reading of his amazing project with the LDS WWII Saints to record their stories...definitely a portion of history not many pay attention to what amazing work. I would sure love to read the end project, as a self-taught student of WWII. I continue to learn different aspects of the war and those affected. Thank you to him for that as well!!! We pray peace and comfort attend your family and hopefully knowing the wide impact President Hansen had will help heal the sorrow. With Love and prayers from the Graham family of Atlanta, GA


Dave and Faye Metcalf posted on 10/9/13

Dear Hansen family, Although we came late to our association with your sterling family, we feel so blest to call you our dear friends, and to call Wade an important part of our family. We have been so saddened by the passing of Lynn. Our hearts truly ache for your loss. Faith, you and Lynn are some of the finest people we know. We will never forget Lynn on his knee, singing a love song to you, at your 50th wedding celebration. A sweet memory for all. We thank you for the love, time and gospel teaching that your poured into your family. We watch Wade, as a new father and a devoted husband and we thank God that you two were dedicated to your highest calling of father and mother. Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this tender time. What a wonderful thing that we will always remember Lynn, and smile. Love from Dave and Faye Metcalf


Doug Guiler posted on 10/9/13

Dear Faith and family, Words are inadequate to express the loss of a man who achieved so much for his family, church, and country. Those of us who were fortunate to have served with him for even a few short years realize what an extraordinary individual he was. He displayed bravery when required, as well as the skills to become an exceptionally effective diplomat. He contributed significantly to building confidence regimes among former Cold War adversaries to allow Europe to avoid major conflicts that had plagued its history. At all times, he set personal and professional standards that earned the respect of his colleagues and made him the leader who brought out the best in all of us. As his abilities brought professional success, he remained personally modest and approachable. Those of us who knew and respected him morn his passing and can only feel sympathy for the loss felt by his family. His was a life well lived.


Tim Baxter posted on 10/9/13

Dear Hansen's, I share in your sorrow as you lay Lynn to rest. Though I cannot be with you, please accept my sincere sentiments of love and respect. I will always remember with fondness that day, circa 1975, when, as a young Lieutenant, I flew into Wright-Patterson airfield and spent the night with you. I pray that you will feel the peace of the Lord and have His assurance of better days ahead. With Love and Respect, Tim Baxter Nicholasville, KY


Paul and Sara Peterson posted on 10/9/13

Dear Faith, and family, Our hearts are broken to learn of Lynn's passing. He was truly a great man in every sense of the word, and a role model to us and our children. Lynn had a lasting impact on our son, Brett. He looked up to and admired Brother Hansen and we will be forever grateful for his marvelous influence in Brett's life. How grateful we are for our assurance of eternal life. We look forward to a happy reunion! You are in our prayers and we send our love in abundance. Paul and Sara Peterson


James Simon posted on 10/8/13

Lynn was one of the finest men that had had the pleasure to work with. Intellect married to moral courage and sense of humor made him special. He was a model and inspiration to so many of us. Please accept my condolences and prayers for the family. Lynn doesn't need them and I hope to see him again in the life after.


Helmut M. Dannenberg posted on 10/8/13

Liebe Faith und Familie, Worte vermögen nur schwer über den Tod eines geliebten Menschen hinwegzutrösten. Allein das Wissen um die Auferstehung und unser Glaube an Jesus Christus geben uns die nötige Kraft und Zuversicht, die wir in solchen Tagen benötigen. Wie tröstlich ist doch die Gewissheit, dass wir uns wiedersehen und für ewig zusammenleben können! Lynn war ein besonderer Mensch mit vielen Talenten. Wir sind froh und dankbar, dass wir ihn und dich kennenlernen durften. Gerne haben wir ihm zugehört und viel von ihm gelernt. Wir wünschen dir von Herzen alles Liebe und Gottes reichen Segen für die nächsten Tage, Monate und Jahre. Herzlich Helmut M. Dannenberg und Familie aus Deutschland (Pinneberg Ward)


Janet Reber posted on 10/8/13

Dearest Faith and family, We are saddened to learn about Lynn's death. We have so many wonderful memories of our time in Vienna together. And we remember with fondness your visit to us in Salzburg, Austria. Lynn was the perfect Mission President to our son, Kurt. He learned so much from him...that will influence his life and decisions into the eternities. It is a blessing to return to God having lived such a rich, righteous, and worthy life. Lynn is a great example, not only to me and our family, but to everyone who knew him. May God bless you with comfort at this difficult time. Love from South Africa, Janet....currently "Sister Reber"