OBITUARY

Steven Wayne Hanson

January 8, 1946November 13, 2020

Steven Wayne Hanson, beloved husband, father, and grandfather died peacefully at St. Peter's hospital in Olympia, WA November 13, 2020, at the age of 74.

Steve was born in 1946 in Mt. Vernon, Washington to Margaret and Clarence Hanson. His parents were dairy farmers in the Skagit Valley and hard work was something he knew his entire life. At the age of 13, he bought his first car, a 1932 Chevrolet sedan with “push-and-pray brakes.” His love of vintage cars never stopped.

He met his wife, Mary Anne, at the local drive up when she asked if she could drive his Corvette. He always thought it was funny because she had no idea how to drive at the time. He married his high school sweetheart in July 1966. His first job out of high school was a drafter for the local PUD department but his love of cars steered him away from his drafting career. Shortly after working at the PUD, he started selling cars at McDowell Volkswagen and then moved to Oak Harbor where he learned how to run a dealership.

In 1974, at the age of 27, Steve bought Brewington Volkswagen in Olympia. In 1986 Steve moved his dealership from Pacific Avenue to what is now the Olympia Auto Mall where Hanson Motors remains today. In October of 2006, “Mr. H” as many of his employees called him decided it was time to retire. In retirement, he actually was often times more busy than when he was in the store. Steve was very active with his high school class reunions and enjoyed antiquing, collecting Olympia Beer memorabilia, working on his antique cars, and attending car shows throughout the Pacific Northwest and fishing.

Steve was preceded in death by his mother and father, brother, and wife and is survived by his son Vincent, daughter-in-law Tammy, and their two children Britania and Ryan as well as his daughter Kimberly, son-in-law Chris, and their two children Anne and Daniel.

In lieu of flowers the family suggests that a memorial contribution could be made to his long time car club – the Hoquiam Push Rods so that they can continue their work in helping the community as he so loved to do.

Push Rods of Hoquiam PO BOX 572 Hoquiam, WA 98550

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Vicki Archer

November 26, 2020

One of the saddest days hearing that my longtime friend and classmate, Steve, went to his heavenly home, leaving the rest of us who thought so highly of him, to grieve our loss.

Steve was probably the truest friend one could have. My thoughts and prayers are for his family and other friends. He will be greatly missed.

Nikki Louks

November 26, 2020

With a heavy heart, I send my sincerest sympathies to you and yours Vince & Kimberly! Mr. & Mrs. "H" were perfect examples of what hard work, honesty, care and love of family, friends & community will get you; respect, courtesy, and more love back than you may even know. People forever remember how you made them feel, and I for one, will always remember the warm, caring hospitality given to me by them, from our first meeting on!
Mrs. H has been waiting a while, may they now, both rest in peace.
Vince & Kimberly, just continue to carry on what they so lovingly instilled in you both, & you too will leave a beautiful mark in this world! Your awesome memories, are the strength that will carry you through!!

Tom Louks

November 21, 2020

What to Say about a person loved and admired by many, including myself and my wife Diane. We both worked for this gentleman that was caring, understanding and most of all a truly loving person. Mr. H will be missed not only by people who knew him but by the people that should of meant him. He taught me the ability to understand and respect. To honor and enjoy life and family. This man I will never...EVER forget. We take time to grieve the loss of this gentleman but know in our hearts that he now rests with The Lord Jesus and will always be with us until we meet again. God Bless you Mr. H! Now with The Lord.

Dave Prutzman

November 19, 2020

Got to really know Steve through our Bulldog Classic Golf Tournament..... Steve was a Classic Bulldog, always willing to help, calling to inquire if we needed anything, but most of all a really good man, friend and Bulldog. His friends will miss him, his family will miss him and the Bulldog Nation will miss him. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family.

Dave Prutzman
'62

Colleen Panagiotou

November 19, 2020

May God grant your family peace and comfort during this difficult time. All our love is sent your way now, and always.💖💖 Nouna & Theo Sam

KEN PARSONS

November 19, 2020

I've thought of Steve every day since I became aware of his health battle. After knowing him for 60 years, this loss is difficult to accept. Steve is one of a kind, hard working, good businessman, loved his family, and would do anything for family, friends, high school classmates, and his Community. I always looked forward to our many visits and our lunches. And, of course, seeing him at many car shows.
I will cherish all those times together.
I also am a Mount Vernon Bulldog and had my first car at age 14.
Vince, Kim, and family - I'm so sorry for your loss and all that you have to deal with. Your Dad was so proud of you.

Dave Unwin

November 19, 2020

So devastating to hear about Steve I met Steve through a mutual interest in Olympia beer memorabilia. He was always so happy to show his collection and to eager to soak up as much information as he could get. Always smiling always thinking of others this one hurts my best to Vince and Kimberly

John & Lisa Panagiotou

November 18, 2020

We were saddened to hear of Steve's passing. We share in your loss and hope that in time all the happy memories will replace the sadness you now feel. Those happy memories will always be with you and will carry you through many difficult times.
We have some wonderful memories of Steve which we will cherish because he was a very special man.
We hope that you will find comfort in knowing that you did the best you could for him and that he is resting in a much better place.
May his memory be eternal
God bless you and your families. ✝️

Linda and Russ Becker

November 17, 2020

So very sorry for your loss. Steve was a car friend of ours and a wonderful, kind person.

FROM THE FAMILY
FROM THE FAMILY

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