In Memory

Merrill Hansen

Merrill Hansen

Merrill Robert Hansen

September 5, 1952  ~  November 23, 2018


Merrill Robert Hansen (66) died November 23, 2018, in Saratogo Springs, Utah, after battling pancreatic cancer for the past 13 months. Never once did he complain about his situation and the pain he was suffering. He was always very positive and was prepared to move on to the other side. Merrill had a very special relationship with our father and we are certain that Dad was there to meet him for a joyous reunion.

Merrill was born september 5, 1952 in Covina, California, the 4th. son of William and Ellen Hansen, moved to Bakersfield, California in 1966 and graduated from West High School in 1970. He served a mission for The Church of Latter-day Saints in the Indiana, Indianapolis mission. He lived his life in Covina, Bakersfield, San Diego, and Utah.

In his work as an Insurance Inspector, he traveled extensively throughout the Western U.S.., driving hundreds of miles camping along the way. He loved his travels and could tell you something about every little town in every state he visited. He had a phenomenal memory for people, places and events.

Merrill was a great brother and friend. He was a talented artist and writer and had a keen sense of humor. Merrill was profoundly sensitive and that sensitivity was manifested in his artistic talents. THis talent was mostly self-taught, as he would study other artists' methods incorporate them into his own work. when Merrill wanted to accomplish something., be it painting, cartoon, or writing his own book, he would devote himself to the effort until he felt he'd given it his best. He was a truth seeker and totally honest. He will be sorely missed. 

He had an abiding faith in his Savior, Jesus Christ, never wavering in the belief. Over the past year, he felt particularly grateful for his enabling and healing power of Jesus Christ's Atonement.

Merrill is preceded in death by his father and nieces Maren Hansen and Alice Hansen. He is survived by his mother, brothers Gary (Susan), Russell (Tawnya), Dennis (Sharma), and sisters Drusilla (Buck) Willhite and Leslie (David) Smooth and many nieces and nephews. 

His funeral services were held Thursday , November 29, 2018, at 11:00 a.m., in the Lindon 3rd Ward building, 320 West 500 North, Lindon, Utah. 


Source: Lou Haberkern



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12/08/18 12:04 PM #1    

Russell Woodgates

Merrill and I were best friends for awhile at West High. We lived just a few houses apart in Park Stockdale and were in a tight group of neighborhood buddies. 

Merrill and I spent many happy hours riding bikes, listening to records and exchanging deep thoughts on religion and politics while smoking Marlboros on my front lawn. His humor and easygoing disposition were a relief from our friends' more volatile temperaments. He was always welcome at my house. Here's a picture of me from that time (I'll try to find one of Merrill and me to scan later).!/TributeWall

12/08/18 01:06 PM #2    

Randy Conilogue

Merrill lived across the street from me on Bloomquist at one time.  I remember he drove an older Volvo or something like it.  Saw him at the 40 Year Reunion and had a chance to talk with him.  He was a very happy guy.  I will miss you.  - Randy



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