LaVon Grant Hansen will be celebrating 100 years young this coming Wednesday. He was born to Moroni and Nora May Lowe Hansen on August 8, 1918, in Logan, Utah, and was the sixth of seven children. His siblings are: Luzon, Merlend, Gerald, Reta Raymond, Venice Smith (all deceased), and Glen (Martha) Hansen. He attended Logan City Schools, graduating from Logan High School. He also attended Utah State University.
He was always very ambitious and started working when he was 12 years of age. He especially enjoyed working for Mr. Morris at his fruit stand. He remembers how people stood in line to buy Green River watermelons directly from the truck. He owned and operated roller skating rinks at Ideal Beach in Bear Lake and in Richmond, Utah. Though he didn’t get rich, everyone had lots of fun.
He worked shortly for SE Needham Jewelers and then for Thomson Electric. He began his own electrical business which he successfully ran for 42 years. As a master electrician, he wired many homes and buildings in Cache Valley.
He fulfilled a LDS mission in the Northwestern States and served in the United States Air Force during World War II. In 2016, he was privileged to go on the Utah Honor Flight to see many of the wonderful monuments in Washington, DC.
On July 29, 1946, he married Evelyn Bacon in the Logan LDS Temple and they were married for 69 years. Evelyn passed away three years ago and although LaVon has keep himself busy, he has missed her and wished many times to join her. They are the parents of five children: Kendell (deceased) (Catherine); LynnAnne; RonaLee (Steve) Hymas; Terry; and Jolene Diaz. They have 13 grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren.
LaVon retired from the electrical business, but did not retire to a rocking chair. At age 100, he still stays busy. He attends two sessions at the Temple four days a week and is constantly making goodies for friends and family. He is well known for his corn pops, raisin cookies and caramels. He still lives independently in his own home and even has a small garden.
LaVon is active in the LDS Church and held many positions. He served a mission with his wife at the Arizona LDS Temple Visitors Center, worked as an officiator in the Logan Temple and was also in the Bishopric.
Anyone who would like to share in a birthday open house for LaVon is invited to come to the LDS 16th Ward Church at 125 West 600 North between the hours of 4 p.m. and 6 p.m. on Saturday, August 4. No gifts, please.
Congratulations on 100 years and Happy Birthday!