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Valley of the Sun Mortuary and Cemetery

10940 East Chandler Heights Rd, Chandler, AZ

OBITUARY

Duncan David Hannigan

January 19, 1966April 26, 2017

January 19,1966 - April 26, 2017 Duncan David Hannigan passed away peacefully, surrounded by loved ones on April 26, 2017. He lived an amazing life, as a proud member of the Goldwater Air National Guard, having traveled around to 55 countries and all 7 continents. His joy of life and infectious laughter brought love and happiness to all of those around him. Duncan leaves behind his wife Julie Walker Hannigan of 24 years, and his son Jake Hannigan at the age of 20, along with his sisters Debbie Martinsen, Shellie Deveau, and Barb Gordon and their mother Geri. Celebration of life will be held Thursday May 4th at 4:30 PM at the Goldwater Air National Guard. All that knew and loved him are invited to attend.

Services

  • Memorial Service Thursday, May 4, 2017

Memories

Duncan David Hannigan

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May 7, 2017

Though I didn't know Duncan as well as many, I knew his love of life, his family and will always remember him as smiling. peace.

Scott Griesman

May 5, 2017

I have had the good fortune to work with Chief Master Sergeant Duncan Hannigan for most if not all of my career, as Duncan started full time in 1992 when I joined the unit, the 161st ARW of the Arizona Air National Guard.

I can honestly and easily say through 25 years in the Copperheads he is one of my favorite individuals I got to work with. I'd like to share some thoughts about Duncan with you.

First, Duncan was an Icon and part of daily life in the 161st Operations.

Duncan's office is where many of us got our day started. From his days in Aircrew Flight Equipment, a stop in for (Free!) Coffee-(Duncan I still owe you 5 bucks probably) and a catch up on all the daily goings on and gossip of the unit, or just to catch up and joke. It just got your day off to a good start, and you always left his office in a better mood than you went in.

Duncan was a military professional.he was great at whatever position he held. He was also who you stopped in before your promotion or interview board to have your uniform checked.

Duncan was also a counselor and confidant-he always took time to talk to people and help them out from new Airmen to Commanders- no matter the individual or issue. He was a leader, mentor but most importantly a friend to so many of us.

Duncan was a pilot and aviation enthusiast. His mother had worked as a flight attendant for North Central Airlines. Duncan's office was one of the best decorated on base with military and airline memorabilia.

An accomplished pilot himself Duncan held a pilot's license, and instrument rating, as well as a seaplane rating. He made many trips to the Oshkosh Airshow and we will miss him greatly this year.

Duncan was also a great historian of the unit, both formal and informal. Much of the framed artwork displayed in the Operation area downstairs was due to his efforts. He was the curator of our 161st heritage. He was a great ambassador for the Copperheads.

Duncan also had a fantastic sense of humor, and compiled the unit's informal history through pictures and passing down of stories from the old days. He kept all the unit's gossip in a secret vault somewhere. We often joked no one in the unit could run for public office without first clearing it through Duncan.

Duncan had a computer desktop/screensaver on his work computer. Each day, without fail, he would pick some mildly embarrassing photo to grace his computer with. It was a dubious honor (of which I was somewhat graced), but nonetheless an honor to be chosen. Duncan was always able to make people laugh at themselves, without being petty or mean spirited.

In closing, and most of all Duncan was a good person to the core.

He was a loving husband to Julie and a great father to Jake. At Duncan's celebration of life ceremony it was evident what a great life Duncan had with his family and what an impressive son he and Julie had raised. Duncan's legacy and sprit are destined to live on in both his family and in all those he touched.

We will miss you friend,

Scott Griesman, Lt Col
AZANG

Brian Sabowitz

May 5, 2017

When I brought my seven year old nephew to the 161st, Chief Hannigan rolled out the red carpet for him. He got him into a flight suit and drove him in a golf cart out to a plan and let him climb up into a KC-135. He sat in the pilots seat and then got to lie in the boom operators bay. Almost two years later my nephew still talks about that day. When I thanked him, he simply said, "you have to invest in our future. He is our future." I'll already miss him terribly!

Lisa Chase

May 3, 2017

Dear Julie and Jake......so very sorry for your loss. Duncan was the kindest guy with such a big heart . He had such an adventurous approach to life. I hope you find peace and comfort with all of your awesome memories shared together.

Johanna Vannini

May 2, 2017

The brightest light extinguished way too soon. Duncan was the most positive person I've ever met and the greatest friend. I can't fathom that we will not share in his laughter and jokes. He was the truest, most loyal person I've known. He was a phenomenal father and so incredibly proud of Jake and all that he has accomplished thus far in his life. Duncan - you will be deeply missed my dear friend. RIP and may you find the best food and those you love in the hereafter.

Lisa Klemme

May 1, 2017

Dear Julie and Jake, Prayers for each of you. Julie, you're love for the man is inspiring and only makes it so much harder to believe. I'm so sad for your loss. Love you!

Lisa Klemme

Devon Sloan

May 1, 2017

Julie and Jake, my heart goes out to you and your friends and family who knew and loved Duncan. Although I never met him, I know how much he was loved and what a good person he was just from the stories Julie would share with me. I hope you will treasure happy memories.

Betty gokey

May 1, 2017

We grew up in the same town . Our moms were good friends. Rest in peace Duncan. Betty Salisbury Gokey

Theresa Wilburn

April 30, 2017

I am so sorry for your loss. Please know he is in a much better place and that he will be truly loved & missed.

Love to the family,
Theresa

Sharon Selbach king

April 30, 2017

So sorry remember him from Beatty high school lord bless the family
Sharon selbach king

FROM THE FAMILY