John Leslie Hanson, age 65 of Bloomington, MN, died peacefully on December 29, 2016. He was preceded in death by parents, Fred and Margaret, and brother, Sanfred “Fred.” He is survived by loving wife of 43 years, Julie; children, Josh (Vanessa Hrbek) and Breanne (Adam Hegg); grandchildren Imogen, Helena, and Jasper; sister-in-law, Wanda “Skip” Domke, nephew Tom, and niece Jody; and other loving family and friends.
John was born on April 19, 1951, in Benson, MN. After graduating from Benson High School, he attended the University of Minnesota Morris, where he was president of Beta Sigma Psi. He met Julie Gasteyer at a wedding, and the two were married in the same church they met at on September 8, 1973. They moved to Brooklyn Park, where John worked at Donaldson Company while completing his MBA at the University of St. Thomas. He went on to a successful career at D.C. Hey, Ikon, and Rainier Technology before founding a consultancy firm, Strategic Business Associates. He truly enjoyed his work, was well respected in his industry, and loved traveling the country working with companies, presenting at conferences, and brokering mergers and acquisitions.
A devoted husband, father, and grandfather, John was happiest spoiling his family and taking them on incredible vacations. He loved spending time with family and friends at his cabin on Lake Washburn. He enjoyed traveling, his daily latte, golf, and driving convertible sports cars. He made a friend in everyone he met.
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It saddens my heart to hear of John’s passing and my prayers go out to his family. I worked with John during my time with D.C Hey and IKON. I had consulted with him on many occasions and to this day I still use what he had taught me and how much it has helped me in my career. He was a mentor for me.