Donald Rae Hanon

Posted: Sunday, March 06, 2011

Former Juneau resident Donald Rae Hanon passed away at his home in Federal Way, Wash. on March 2, 2011. He was 80.

Born July 19, 1930, in San Francisco, he spent his early years in San Leandro, Calif. He enjoyed reminiscing about riding his horse Tilo through the many open fields surrounding the Bay area and how he would stop and visit with the World War II soldiers stationed around the Bay.

He graduated Vernonia High School in Oregon in 1948, where, through his high school and life-long friend (and future brother-in-law) John Brown, he met his sweetheart and wife-to-be Barbara Louise Brown. After graduating high school he entered the United States Air Force and served as a flight engineer during the Berlin Airlift, the Korean War and the Vietnam War. During his years of service he was stationed in Hawaii, Texas, South Carolina, and Washington. He retired from the Air Force after 22 years of service, followed by eight years in the Air Force Reserves.

In the fall of 1977, he set out with his family for a new adventure in Juneau. After five years of service with the Alaska Department of Transportation, he and his wife retired to the Federal Way area for a life of leisure, travel, and adventures in their recreational vehicle, which he loved. One of the highlights in his life was celebrating his 50th wedding anniversary with his wife on a 12-day Panama Canal cruise aboard a Princess Cruise Lines ship. He treasured and valued the friends that he made throughout his life in the military, while traveling, and in more recent years his friends from his walking group at the Auburn Super Mall, who meant so much to him.

Donald is survived by his loving wife of 62 years, Barbara; his children Douglas (Virginia) Hanon, Deborah (Terry) Christensen, Greg Hanon, Mark (Joyce) Hanon, Robert Hanon, Kathy Smith, Patricia (Dan) VanPool, Karen Cauley and Diane (Mike) Holloway; son-in-law Bryan Flournoy; 13 grandchildren; 21 great-grandchildren and numerous family and friends. He was preceded in death by his beloved son Kevin Hanon, his parents Reed and Mae Hanon; his brother Gene Hanon; and brother-in-law and life-long friend John Brown.

His family wrote “the pride and love he had and showed for his family is a standard that we all strive for. He was a wonderful, loving husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather, and friend and is loved and will be missed more than words could ever describe.”

In lieu of flowers donations may be made to your favorite charity in memory of Donald. To view the obituary and sign the guest book, visit

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