Vail Daily obituary: Mark “Hob” Hanson, Oct. 22, 1957, to June 5, 2017
It is with great sadness that we share the news of Hob’s passing on June 5, 2017, at his home in Gypsum after a five-year battle with lung cancer.
He was born Oct. 22, 1957, in Sydney, Australia, the second son of Desmond Barry Hanson and Shirley Joan (Parsons) Hanson. Hob was raised in West Pymble, New South Wales. He attended and graduated from Turramurra High School, where he met lifelong friends known as the Turramurra Old Boys, or TOBS.
In the late 1980s, Hob met an American by the name of Bob Buske while playing rugby one day with this group of friends in Sydney. Bob invited Hob to visit him at his home in Vail. Hob made arrangements to come to the United States with some friends to visit Bob in Vail and then attend the 1988 Calgary Olympics.
Hob never went back home; he was employed in the construction industry in Vail working for Sullivan & Wood Construction and Rusty Wood Construction. He would later open his own business, H&H Services. He married Heidi K. (Franz) Hanson on Aug. 29, 1997, in Eagle-Vail, and they had two children, Ryan and Rachel.
Hob is survived by his wife of 20 years, Heidi K. Hanson, his son Ryan M. Hanson and a daughter Rachel Marie Hanson, all of Gypsum; brother Michael Hanson, of Mona Vale, New South Wales, Australia; sisters Johanne Hanson, of Freemans Reach, New South Wales, Australia; and Julie Hanson and her wife Sylvia Paterson, of Hong Kong; father-in-law Leland Franz, of Midland, Texas; and in-laws Sigrid Stewart and Steve Blyskal, of Houston, Texas; John Franz, of Lake of the Ozarks Missouri; Richard and Judy Franz, of Denton, Texas; Kathy and Tim Heslinga, of Eagle-Vail; Bob Franz and Christine Douvres, of Evergreen; Holly Franz, of Livermore, California, and Edwards; and numerous nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Desmond and Shirley Hanson, and his mother-in-law Joanne Marie Franz. A celebration of Hob’s life has been planned for Sunday, June 18, at the Eagle-Vail Pavilion in Eagle-Vail at 1 p.m.