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Charles Walter Hansen

01/30/1942 - 01/15/2021
Interment: City of Mesa Cemetery, 1212 N. Center St., Mesa, Arizona

Charles was born January 30th, 1942 in Los Angeles, California to his parents Harold LeRoy Hansen and Betha Cornelia Agren.  He had 3 brothers, Harold (recently deceased), Steve and Lynn.  Their family moved back to Iona, Idaho after WWII to continue working on the wheat farm.  During junior high and high school, Charles played on the basketball and football teams, and performed in several musical productions.  He was also an Eagle Scout and class valedictorian. Charles attended BYU until he left for his mission to Taiwan where he learned to speak Mandarin. After his mission, Charles continued performing with BYU Program Bureau on tours sponsored by the Dept. of Defense and the State Dept. to the  Far East and throughout Germany.  He sang the National Anthem for the home basketballs games in the Fielding Fieldhouse.

He met Suzann Perry in a  French class in 1966.  They were married in the Idaho Falls Temple on August 30, 1967. Charles earned his bachelor’s degree from BYU in Asian Studies and his MBA degree as well, graduating magna cum laude.  He also graduated as Honor Cadet from the Utah National Guard.  He served in Utah and Arizona National Guard as a 2nd Lt.

Charles and Suzann lived in Yuma, AZ until 1974, then moved to Mesa, AZ.  Charles loved watching football and basketball, Star Trek, playing sudoku, listening to music, and reading all kinds of books.  He continued to sing in church programs and participate in musical plays in Mesa.  He loved telling “Goldilocks and the Three Bears” in Mandarin.  He was employed for many years in customer service.

Charles and Suzann had six amazing children, Matthew (previously deceased)-Molly, Mike (Phuong), Trevor (Shauna), Nathan (Jolleen), Jared (Denise), and Heather (Chris). They also have 29 grandchildren and 6 great grandchildren.

After suffering the effects of Alzheimer’s for several years, Charles passed from this earth-life the evening of January 15th, 2021 at home surrounded and comforted by his loving family.


  • Dr Dennis H Westover

    I have many great memories of Charles and his family. We attended Bonneville High school together and were in a trio that sang over the northwest. We won the Coca Cola High Fi Talent Search traveling to Salem, Oregon for further competition at Coke’s expense. Chas has a great bass voice, a gentle attitude and a great sense of humor.
    My condolences to his family members.

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