(USMLM 1961-1963 and 1971-1975)
Lynn Marvin Hansen, 77, of West Haven, Utah passed away Friday evening, October 4, 2013 while attending the BYU-USU football game. He leaves behind his wife of 54 years, Faith, seven children, 27 grandchildren, and 7 great grandchildren. Lynn was born and raised on his father’s farm near Idaho Falls, Idaho, and graduated from Bonneville High School in 1953.
After serving a two and a half year mission to Denmark, Lynn married Faith Dye of Neola, Utah in 1959. He graduated from Utah State University in 1960 where he majored in German and minored in Russian and Physical Education. During his senior year, he served as ROTC Cadet Wing Commander and was named “Man of the Year” by the University.
Upon graduation, Lynn was commissioned a second lieutenant in the U. S. Air Force and continued to study German at the Free University of Berlin as a Fulbright Scholar. During a 23 year Air Force career, Lynn served in numerous intelligence assignments including two assignments as a Liaison Officer to the Group of Soviet Forces in East Germany where he was awarded a Legion of Merit. He also served in Vietnam shortly after the Tet Offensive in 1969 where he was awarded a Bronze Star and the Vietnamese Staff Services Medal First Class. He also earned a Master’s Degree and PhD in German from the University of Utah during his military service.
After retiring from the Air Force in 1983 with the rank of Colonel, Lynn went on to serve his country for another 17 years as in various roles including Assistant Director of the U.S. Arms Control and Disarmament Agency, Vice Chairman of the National Intelligence Council, Distinguished Visiting Professor at the US Air Force Academy, and as United States Ambassador to arms reduction talks with the Soviet Union. Among many awards received during his career, he received the Distinguished Service Medal from the US Intelligence Community and Das Grosse Verdienst Kreuz, which is the highest honor award by Germany to non-Germans.
Ambassador Hansen earned another title in 2001 as he was called to serve as President of the Germany, Hamburg Mission from 2001 to 2004. Those three years were a highlight of his life and he was truly loved by his missionaries. He and Faith served a subsequent mission to Germany in 2009, during which they worked as temple ordinance workers in the Frankfurt, Germany temple while collecting, processing, and eventually printing over 330 oral histories of the World War II experiences of members of the LDS Church.
Lynn Hansen is survived by a brother, Maurice, a sister, Eula, and his children, Kurt, Heidi, Erik, Kevin, Kirsten, Mark, and Wade.
The funeral will be held on Wednesday, 9 October 2013 at 11:00 at the Kanesville Stake Center, 4555 W 4000 S, West Haven, UT 84401. A viewing will be held on Tuesday 8 October 2013 from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at Leavitt’s Mortuary, 836 36th Street, Ogden, Utah. A viewing will also be held on Wednesday, 9 October 2013 from 9:45 a.m. to 10:45 a.m. at the church house prior to services. Burial will be immediately following the funeral service at West Haven Cemetery.
The family requests instead of sending flowers, those wishing to contribute, make donations in Lynn and Faith Hansen’s name to the LDS Perpetual Education Fund at Donate.lds.org
Please send online condolences to www.leavittsmortuary.com
Published in Deseret News from October 8 to October 9, 2013