Richard Allen Hansen Junior passed away at home with his loving wife by his side on July 28, 2023 in Dallas, Texas. He was born in Evanston, Illinois on March 14, 1967.
Rich was a beloved son, brother, uncle, husband, father, grandpa, and friend. He was a man of love, warmth, and laughter, leaving a lasting impact on the lives of those he touched.
Rich’s life was one of adventure and resilience as he lived and grew up in various places throughout the country due to his father’s airline career. He dedicated two years of his life to serve as a missionary for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Merida, Mexico.
In his professional life, Rich’s love for flying culminated in becoming a commercial pilot most recently with American Airlines. Throughout his years with AA, Rich’s piloting expertise and leadership abilities flourished, earning him the esteemed position of Captain.
Rich was the life of the party, always bringing a sense of joy and fun wherever he went. He had an uncanny ability to make others feel welcome and comfortable, effortlessly bridging gaps and fostering connections among friends and family. His charisma and genuine interest in others endeared him to all, and he was admired for his ability to lift spirits and bring happiness to those around him.
Rich’s unwavering devotion to family was a defining aspect of his life. A true family man, he cherished every moment spent with his beloved wife, children, and, in his later years, his precious grandkids. In the eyes of his grandkids, he was their hero, their biggest fan, and their safe haven. Family events were never missed, as Rich consistently made a significant effort to be present and create cherished memories with his loved ones. His boundless love and affection will forever resonate in the hearts of all who had the privilege of being part of his life.
He is survived by his parents Richard and Nancy, the love of his life, Angela, 5 children Tara (Michael), Kyle (Taylor), Kolton, Tatum and Taylee, his 4 step children Elliot (Haley), Stella, Lucy (James), and Pearl, 5 grandchildren MJ, Max, Madelyn, Grace, and Nora, and 3 siblings Richelle (Jim), Renee (Greg) and Rodney (Shannon).
The visitation for Mr. Hansen will be Saturday August 5, 2023 beginning at 9:30 am at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 7752 E McDowell Road, Mesa, AZ 85207, followed by the service at 11:00 am. Burial will take place at the City of Mesa Cemetery, 1212 N Center St, Mesa, AZ 85201 at 1:00 pm. The service for Rich will be available on Zoom – https://zoom.us/j/97800515134