Clarence Edward Hanson, 93, passed away peacefully in his sleep on Aug. 14, 2012.
Clarence was born on Oct. 16, 1918, in Cohagen, Mont., to Karen and Anton Hanson, both Norwegian immigrants. When Clarence was a child, the family moved to Sand Springs and eventually to Billings, where he spent the majority of his life. After graduating from Billings High School in 1936, Clarence and his brother Harry began work in carpentry, a business they would remain in for most of their lives. Clarence went on to build 57 homes and two apartment complexes, many of which were with Harry. In 1943, Clarence joined the army as a Military Policeman and served stateside. He enjoyed the opportunity for travel that the military provided. He was discharged in 1946 and continued his career as a builder. On July 4, 1947, Clarence married Dorothy Shope Potts and her young son.
Clarence was an avid hunter, gardener and fisherman, and loved to be outdoors. He loved to spend summer weekends camping and fishing in Yellowstone Park, and he loved elk hunting in the fall in the mountains near Ennis. He retired from building in 1976 after he and Harry completed an apartment building, which they owned together. In his later years, he enjoyed spending summers at his home on Flathead Lake near Bigfork. Clarence will be forever remembered for his kind, gentle demeanor and his quiet, generous devotion to his family.
In death, he is reunited with his wife of 56 years, Dorothy; brothers Oscar and Melvin; and sisters Anna Miller and Marguerite Smith.
He is survived by his son, Allen (Claudia) Potts of Lakeside; granddaughter Michelle Fandrich of Seattle; daughter Diane (John) Gerharz of Billings; daughter Kari (Tom) Nelson and granddaughter Kristin of Billings; and grandson Duncan (Stephanie) Nelson of Seattle. He is survived by three great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild. He is also survived by brother Harry (Helen) Hanson and sister Alma VanTricht, as well as numerous nieces and nephews.
Viewing will be from 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 19, at Michelotti-Sawyers Mortuary, 1001 Alderson Ave. Services will be at 10 a.m. Monday, Aug. 20, at Michelotti-Sawyers Mortuary. Interment will follow in Mountview Cemetery.