Dale Hanson died peacefully at home in Homewood overlooking Lake Tahoe on Oct. 30, 2006. He is survived by his wife Margery, sons Kerry and Steve, daughter Jean Jani, six grandchildren, six great grandchildren, his sister Helen, and niece, Georgia. He will be greatly missed by family and friends.
Dale married Margery McGruer from Eau Clair, Wisconsin in 1946. Their honeymoon destination was Lake Tahoe and they fell in love with Lake Tahoe at first sight and returned for vacations, bought a second home and finally retired in the beloved Tahoe Basin. He remained active in the neighborhood, watched softball games through the summer, enjoyed golf and obtained two “hole in ones” at ages 76 and 77 on the Tahoe City Golf Course.
Dale was born in Milwaukee, Ore., and was raised on a wheat ranch in Alfred, N.D. He graduated from Jamestown High School in North Dakota where he excelled in sports. He attended the University of Minnesota and played guard on the Minnesota football teams that had undefeated season with three national titles during 1933-37 under the leadership of Bernie Bierman.
After graduation in 1937, he joined the New York Life Insurance Company and worked in North Dakota and Minnesota until 1946. Dale and Margery moved to San Jose, Calif., as Dale was transferred to the San Jose New York Life office for most of his career. His final office was in Reno, Nev., close to Lake Tahoe.
His career spanned 37 years. He won the company’s coveted Myers award for the best personal record in agency building and the Paynter award for the best record in the development of a quality agency organization. He received a tribute from the Reno agency for his service to community, company and industry. He retired in 1974 to Lake Tahoe.
His family is thankful for the outstanding hospice support received from Tahoe Forest Hospice. Memorial gifts may be sent to: Tahoe Forest Hospice, PO Box 759, Truckee, CA 96169 or Squaw Valley Chapel, 440 Squaw Peak Rd., Olympic Valley, CA 96146.