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Jack Kent Hansen passed away March 25, 2018, in his home, surrounded and cared for by his family. His last week was filled with visits from his friends, children, and grandchildren, who shared many fond memories of the man they loved. Jack was full of humor—even up to the end—joking about his favorite BYU football team and making everyone laugh.
Jack—known as the Bee Bop King in his youth—loved to tell about the time he was named King for a Day in Provo and won his very own bike. Later, he took pride in firing the cannon every year at the 4th of July Parade in Provo with the Sertoma Club. Jack was a friend to everyone and always quick to tell a joke. When he started his own woodworking business with his late wife Virginia, he would often lend a helping hand to those who were struggling, finding them work in his woodshop or around the house. He treated everyone as a friend, especially those who had few others.
Jack was a talented woodworker, electrician, and general “Jack of all Trades.” If something was broken, he had a knack for fixing it. Before starting his own business, he worked at Lloyd’s Typewriter in Provo for 30 years fixing broken machines. He also loved to hunt, a passion that he shared with his kids. He spent more than fifty years of his life hunting in Scofield and Strawberry with his kids, brothers, uncles, and other friends. His most celebrated bull elk still hangs in Sportsman’s Warehouse. He ran the Provo Gun club for a short time and was a member of the Wild Wings Club for many years. After running a successful business for over a decade, he sold his company to Provo Craft and continued to work with them until his retirement, teasing his co-workers and coming up with elaborate Halloween costumes each year.
Above all else, Jack was a kind man with a big heart.
Jack was born January 20, 1939, in Provo, Utah, to Frank and Elva Hansen. He was married on September 22, 1960, to Virginia Mitchell in the Salt Lake City Temple. He spent many years in service with The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, sharing his love with nursing home residents and neighbors alike. Virginia passed away on September 9, 2010, weeks before their 50th wedding anniversary. Jack later married his childhood friend Merta Rae Sorenson in 2012, who cared for him faithfully while his health declined this past year. He was the ninth of ten children. He is survived by his brother Dave Hansen, sisters Gail Vernon and Verna Blocker, and his six children: Jackie (Mark) Schroeppel of Orem, Utah; Kent Hansen of Orem, Utah; Kay (Van) Parker of Twin Falls, Idaho; Robert (Alicia) Hansen of Herriman, Utah; James (Tamra) Hansen of Clearfield, Utah; and Tyler (Sierra) Hansen of Lehi, Utah. He was the proud grandfather of 26 grandkids and 28 great-grandkids.
Funeral services will be held Saturday, March 31, 2018, at 11 am. at the Pleasant Grove 7th LDS Ward Chapel located at 828 South Locust Avenue, Pleasant Grove, Utah. Viewings will take place at The Sundberg-Olpin Mortuary located at 495 South State Street, Orem, on Friday, March 30, 2018, from 6 to 8 p.m. and on Saturday at 9:45 a.m. just prior to the funeral service at the church. Interment will be in the Orem City Cemetery.
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