James L. Hansen passed away the night of November 30, 2021, under the loving care of the Pete Moore Hospice House in Eugene, Oregon.
To quote Jim, “I was born in my grandfather’s house at 529 42nd. Street in San Diego, California”, on July 31, 1935. His parents were James Fremont and Helen Lee Hansen.
His childhood years were spent in San Diego with his parents, his two brothers Don (Karen) and Gerald (deceased) (Darlene), and sister Jeannie (Darrell) Lockett.
Following high school, Jim joined the Marine Corps and was stationed in Okinawa, Japan. After serving three years (1953-1956), Jim began working in the glass industry and married Mary Lou Hindenlang. Jim and Mary Lou shared the joy of having two sons: James (Jim) Lee Hansen Jr. (deceased), and Jeffrey (Jeff) Lowell Hansen (Ann).
Jim and his family moved to Eugene, Oregon in 1963 where he continued his business career. He opened the doors of his own business in 1973, Mid-Valley Glass, which grew to become Mid-Valley Glass & Millwork. Jim was very passionate about networking and entrepreneurship and formed JLH Properties. He was a member of Eugene Executives Association (EEA), Rotary, and was a long-time member at Eugene Country Club, where he served on their Board of Directors.
Jim was married to Marcia Chambers from 1978 to 1981 and then married the love of his life, Gail Lounsbury in 1987. Jim and Gail had a wonderful life together. Their travels throughout the world included Africa, New Zealand, Russia, and extensively throughout Europe. Their other favorites were the Hawaiian Islands, New York, Texas, and Washington D.C. They also spent winters in Palm Desert where they owned a second home for 30 years. There they were members of Desert Falls, Mission Hills, and Indian Ridge Country Club.
Jim loved golf, reading, cribbage, and his family. He has 5 grandchildren, Meghan (Devon) Campbell, Taylor (Ryan) Brown, Colton (Alyssa) Hansen, Graysen Hansen, and Jorja Hansen, and four great-grandchildren. They remember him as “Gramps,” who always chuckled and playfully said, “lighten up, kid!”.
Jim’s wife, Gail, says, “Jim was a private person, that always put me in the sunlight, only to stand back in the shadows to glow.” Jim will be thoroughly missed by family and friends.
A private family Celebration of Life will be planned after the holiday season. In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to the Pete Moore Hospice House, Relief Nursery, or a charity of your choice.