Donald C. Hanson, 76, Mandan, died Sept. 17, 2018, surrounded by his loving family at Sanford Health, Bismarck. A funeral service was held Sept. 20 at First Lutheran Church, Mandan, with the Revs. Lee Herberg and Christina Martin officiating. Burial was at Mandan Union Cemetery.
Don was born March 10, 1942, in Sherwood, to Glenn and Ethel (Lund) Hanson. He graduated from Sherwood High School in 1960 and attended Minot State University on a baseball scholarship. He graduated with a teaching degree in 1964. On July 19, 1963, Don married Joan Beckedahl in Sherwood. From 1964 to 1967, Don taught and was the basketball coach at New Salem High School. He moved his family to Mandan in 1967, and Don taught math for 29 years at Mandan High School. He became the Braves basketball coach in 1974 and led them for 13 seasons, winning a state championship in 1981. He gave up coaching after the 1986-87 season and retired from teaching in 1996. Don wrote and produced “The Hoopster” and “Miss Hoopster,” a boys and girls basketball preview book, since 1983. He was also a professional baseball scout for numerous teams, most recently the Minnesota Twins. Don also enjoyed officiating high school football for many years. He shared his love for sports and the outdoors with his grandchildren who he was so proud of and loved beyond measure. Don was an active member of First Lutheran Church, a member and past Master of the Mason Lodge 8, a member of the Elks Club and Mandan Eagles, and a lifetime member of the North Dakota Coaches Association.
Blessed to have shared in his life is his wife of 55 years, Joan Hanson, Mandan; four children, Kerry (Scott) Grochow, Rugby, Perry (Judy) Hanson, Bismarck, Sherry (Joe) Schmidt, Medina, and Merry (Rick) Feldman, Kenmare; 13 grandchildren, Kaycee and Mitch Grochow, Seth, Brenn, and Courtney Hanson, Kaden, Kane, Katie and Karson Schmidt, and Colby, Riley, Delaney and Kenley Feldman; four sisters, Glenna (Tim) Mueller, Bismarck, Julie (Ralph) Driessen, Underwood, Betty (Terry) Vibeto, Minot, and Susan (Jim) Gates, Mohall; one brother, Mick (Ann) Hanson, Loudon, Tenn.; as well as countless friends, MHS faculty and administration, coaching staff and thousands of students and athletes who had a great appreciation and love for Mr. Hanson.
Don was preceded in death by his parents; infant son, Terry; and son-in-law, Brad Rasmusson.
In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred to the Mandan Baseball Club (for the Veterans Memorial Ballpark Renovation) in memory of Don Hanson or a charity of your choice.
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