David Steele Hansen of Bountiful, passed away among loved ones at home on May 28, 2014. He was born March 7, 1936 in Salt Lake City, to Vivian Brown and Harry Eldon Hansen, the fourth of six children, and the family soon moved to American Fork, where he was raised.
David graduated from American Fork High School and from Seminary. He enjoyed hunting with his dad and brothers. He attended BYU, and was known to exclaim “Rise and Shout” to his teenage children — on Saturday mornings. Carpentry was his first vocation, and later employed by the Utah Air National Guard as a training instructor before serving as a full-time missionary in the LDS Northern States Mission.
He met the love of his life, Shirlee Christofferson, of Lehi. They were married in the Salt Lake Temple on September 13, 1963, celebrating their 50th wedding anniversary in 2013. David cherished Shirlee with all of his heart. His greatest joys were his wife, five children, and 18 grandchildren.
David made many friends while building an insurance benefits brokerage, and in serving on the Bountiful Irrigation District Board. He loved the opportunity to serve in the LDS Church. He served as Bishop in his home ward, and was the first Bishop of the Millstream Young Adult Ward. His passion was missionary work, and was called to serve as Mission President of the Australia Sydney South Mission, 2000-2003; David and Shirlee loved every missionary with whom they served. Later, they served together as temple workers in the Bountiful Temple for six years until illness prevented him from continuing. Working in the temple was an assignment he enjoyed beyond measure.
Most of all, he loved God, the Eternal Father, and His Son Jesus Christ. He loved the Prophets and The Brethren and sustained them all the days of his life. He also loved yard work, a mystery to his sons, who will miss working alongside him. It seems there was nothing he’d rather do with free time than hang around his spot of earth, tilling with his tractor, and planting gardens and trees, in order to create his own version of Eden.
David was an example of hard work, and devotion to Jesus Christ and to his family. He could not help telling people everywhere regarding the reality of Christ to the end of his life, and testified of his sure knowledge to the staff and doctors at the Huntsman hospital. His enthusiasm, love, and voice of counsel will be greatly missed.
David is preceded in death by his parents and his brother Owen and wife Norma. He is survived by his wife Shirlee, his children Holly (Todd) Steinicke, Tonya (Grant) Johnson, David (Roz) Hansen, Jeanne (David) Holland, Christopher (Stacy) Hansen, as well as 18 grandchildren, two of whom are serving LDS missions. Sisters and Brothers: RoseAnn (Dale) Gunther, Edith (Loran) Bishop, Eldon (Betty (deceased)), Merrill (Sherry), (Owen (Norma) deceased), John (Sandra), and Marilyn Hansen (deceased).
A viewing was held at the LDS chapel in Bountiful, 640 S. 750 East, on Sunday, June 1. Funeral services were be held at the same address, Monday, June 2, 11 a.m., with a viewing beforehand from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. Interment at Lehi City Cemetery. Online guestbook at www.russonmortuay.com.