Anthony Rulon Hansen was born on a stormy spring morning on May 31, 1984, Orem, Utah to Don R. Hansen and Brenda Kitchen Hansen. He passed away March 4, 2020 in Sandy, Utah. He is a beloved husband, father, son, brother, grandson, uncle and friend who will be greatly missed!
His young life in Alpine, Utah was filled with great friends, lots of cousins, bike rides, swimming pools, untold adventures and playing all the sports available. He had a beautiful smile, a tender heart and darling freckled face.
In 1997 his family moved to Cedar City, Utah where he made more great friends, had more adventures, continued playing sports and spent time going back forth to Alpine to maintain cherished friendships.
Anthony graduated Cedar High School in 2002 and was on to his next adventure. He graduated in 2004 from Le Cordon Bleu, Las Vegas, Nevada with an Associates Degree in Culinary Arts. He shared his cooking knowledge the rest of his life with anyone who would listen.
In 2006 he joined the National Guard and completed Basic Training at Fort Leonard Wood in Missouri. He completed an Associates Russian Studies degree at the DLI, where he learned to speak Russian, and received additional training in interrogation and human intelligence. Anthony was a certified digital forensic expert having certified as an Encase First Responder, Encase Computer Forensics I & II, Cellebrite UFED Physical Examiner, Cellebrite UFED Mobile Device Examiner, and DOD Deployable Forensics. Shortly after completing this training, he served as an instructor at Camp Williams in Utah.
Anthony was a proud veteran of Operation Iraqi Freedom where he served as a human intelligence collector. He enjoyed telling many stories of his time spent overseas and was very proud to have served his country.
While in the military he met Krista Schaeffer. They married and brought two amazing boys into the world. Though he and Krista later divorced, his sons, Aiden and Ryden, remained a very bright light in his life. He loved being with them and enjoyed watching them learn and grow. He loved them with all his heart and wanted nothing more than for “his boys” to experience all the joys of this life.
Anthony married his best friend and soulmate, Jamie Nicole Hansen on October 9, 2018. He loved her dearly and was always happiest when she was by his side. She was with him through good times and bad and brought him the peace and comfort that he was looking for.
Anthony had a very close special relationship with his father who he casually called “Don” or “Pops." His dad was with him every step of his life’s journey and there is an unbreakable, incredible, eternal bond between them.
Anthony had many talents. He was a gifted writer, artisan woodworker, cook, handyman, and taught himself to play guitar. He was a dog whisperer and had the ability to connect with dogs on an entirely different level than the rest of us. We will miss listening to his intricate stories, told with detail and enthusiasm, his great smile, contagious laugh, sense of humor, his amazing cooking and the funny memes he would share.
He was a hopeless romantic, kind, enduring, thoughtful, hilarious, intelligent, insanely curious, interesting, unique, witty, stubborn, crazy, sweet, unlike anyone you have ever met. Jamie often said that his heart was two sizes too big.
Anthony is survived by his wife Jamie, his sons Aiden and Ryden, his parents Don and Brenda Hansen, his siblings, Alexis (Kris) Newville, Drew (Jill Cox) Hansen, Taylor (Heather) Hansen, Matthew (Megan) Hansen, Melissa (Miles) Murri, Trevin (Ciera) Hansen, Mitchell Hansen, nieces, nephews, step-daughter Kyla, and beloved best friends Bruce, Dexter, and Banner.
Anthony loved his family and always hoped and prayed for their success and happiness. He was interested in the details of their lives and loved being with them every chance he could.
His wife Jamie shares: “If you knew Anthony, consider yourself lucky! For me his wife, I felt like the luckiest person alive. I also feel robbed of more precious time to be with him. My love, you are finally free of the pains and trials of this life and are in the arms of a loving Heavenly Father. You are a unique soul. People were naturally drawn to you and you had a selfless ability to help them with the struggles and worries of this life.”
Addiction and PTSD are part of Anthony’s story. He never gave up the fight. He waged full battle and would want to bring awareness to these challenging issues with the sincere hope of saving even just one life.
We know we will see Anthony again and will embrace him with joy and love!
Until then “Anth”, “Nener”, “Nene” we miss you.
It was Anthony’s wish to be cremated. Shortly after his passing a private family service was held.
Presidents’ Day is an American holiday celebrated on the third Monday in February. Originally established in 1885 in recognition of President George Washington, it is still officially called “Washington’s Birthday” by the federal government. Traditionally celebrated on February 22—Washington’s actual day of birth—the holiday became popularly known as Presidents’ Day after it was moved as part of 1971’s Uniform Monday Holiday Act, an attempt to create more three-day weekends for the nation’s workers. While several states still have individual holidays honoring the birthdays of Washington, Abraham Lincoln and other figures, Presidents’ Day is now popularly viewed as a day to celebrate all U.S. presidents past and present.
I didn't experience a day off for Presidents' Day until my second year at Dixie.
Our legislature is always slow.
US PRESIDENTS IN MY LIFETIME (And my memories) GENERAL DWIGHT D. EISENHOWER #34
President from 1953-1961 He was president until I was 2
Eisenhower was a 5-star general, and Supreme Commander
of the Allied Forces in Europe during World War II.
He was in his 5th year as president when I was born...1958.
LDS President Ezra Taft Benson was his
Secretary of Agriculture for 8 years, while being a member of
the Quorum of 12 Apostles at the same time.
I have no memory of him while he was president.
I do remember him a lot after he was president. He died
in 1969 when I was in 5th grade.
JOHN F. KENNEDY #35
President from1961-1963 For me, age 2 - 3 months of Kindergarten
He was a war hero in World War II.
He won a Pulitzer Prize.
He was a Congressman and a Senator.
It's funny what I remember.
I remember 2 very distinct events about him.
1. When Marilyn Monroe sang "Happy Birthday, Mr. President" to him.
It was 1962. We were at Aunt Virginia's house in Salt Lake City.
2. President Kennedy's funeral. 1963. I was in kindergarten in St. George.
Reid and I were home with the mumps.
Grandma Mitchell was living with us, and taking care of us while we were home.
I remember 2 things about the funeral. The riderless horse
with the boot turned backwards, and little John-John, age 3, saluting
his father's casket as it went by.
My mom said that the faculty had to wear all black to school
the day of the funeral.
Kennedy's daughter, Caroline, served for 4 years as the
US Ambassador to Japan.
LYNDON B. JOHNSON #36
President from1963-1969. Kindergarten - 6th grade...most of my elementary years.
He was a Congressman, and Vice President to John F. Kennedy.
Before politics, he was a teacher!
He became president when Kennedy was assassinated.
Johnson was always on tv about the Viet Nam War.
I also remember him announcing on tv that he would not run for
a second term.
A funny story.
I was in 2nd grade. My mom came home from school, telling
us about one of her students who kept saying his uncle was the
President of the United States!
She would pacify him..."Sure he is!"
One day, his mother came in to play the piano for the kids
to sing. She had never met the mother.
When she walked in, my mom nearly passed out!!!
She looked just like her sister, Lady Bird Johnson!!!
Richard M. Nixon #37
President from1969-1974 5th grade - sophomore in high school
Nixon had been governor of California, a Congressman and
Vice President to Dwight Eisenhower.
He lost his first presidential bid to John F. Kennedy.
President Nixon, I thought, was a good president!
Man landed on the moon.
He got the soldiers out of Viet Nam.
First US President to visit China and the Soviet Union.
While running for his 2nd term, some of his people
broke into the Democratic Headquarters at an apartment/office complex
Well, Nixon knew all about it!!!
Not sure why this was even done.
He was reelected in a landslide!!!
In the summer of 1973, there were Congressional hearings.
ALL DAY LONG!
That meant, no tv!
At that time, we had 5 channels:
2 (NBC) 4 (ABC) 5 (CBS) these were the networks, of which the hearings were held on.
Also, 7 and 11...PBS channels.
First and only US president to resign from office.
GERALD R. FORD #38
Congressman Gerald R. Ford became vice president
when Spiro Agnew resigned. Tax evasion.
When Nixon resigned, he became the first and only president
who had never been elected by the people, or Electoral College.
President from1974-1977 Junior in high school - Freshman in college
After being president for one month, he gave Nixon a full
Just after that, in the same month, he had 2 assassination attempts
on his life...both by women. One had been in the
Charles Manson gang.
He was president when I graduated from high school and
during the Bicentennial...200th anniversary of our country.
One of his sons attended Utah State University.
When I was a junior at BYU, he came and spoke at BYU.
Even though he was a former president, it was a great honor to see him!
JIMMY CARTER #39
President from1977-1981 Freshman in college - Year #1 of teaching
He had been the governor of Georgia.
He was also a peanut farmer.
He helped with peace in the Middle East.
The 1976 presidential election was my first time voting!
The voting age had been lowered from 21 to 18 in 1971.
I was 17 when I voted. HUH???
I was home for the "Deer Hunt Vacation" my freshman
year at Dixie.
I voted at the county building in Provo by absentee ballot.
The reason I could vote at 17 was because it was absentee,
and I turned 18 on October 26. This was about 1 1/2
weeks before Election Day.
I voted for Gerald Ford.
Carter has been a great former president!
He won a Nobel Peace Prize. He helps with elections
in countries that are not a democracy.
He helps to build homes for "Habitat for Humanity."
And, he's a Sunday School teacher in Plains, Georgia.
RONALD REAGAN #40
President from 1981-1989 Year #1 - Year # 9 of teaching
The day he was inaugurated, the US hostages that had
been held since November, 1979, were freed.
His first inauguration was the only one I
have missed seeing.
In 1981, there was no cable where
Alpine Elementary was located!
He was an actor. He was the narrator for
"Death Valley Days"...featuring "20 Mule Team Borax."
He played Knute Rockne, and helped MC with Art Linkletter
and Walt Disney on the opening day of Disneyland!
He was also the Governor of California.
One ex-wife, Jane Wyman, actress.
She won an academy award (Oscar) for best actress.
She also won 3 Golden Globe awards for her role on the
"nighttime soap", Falcon Crest.
One month after becoming president, there was
an assassination attempt on his life.
He was known as the "Great Communicator" and loved jelly beans.
He gave the Mormon Tabernacle Choir the nickname of
And, of course, the best of all:
"Mr. Gobachev. Tear down this wall!!!"
In his later years, he suffered from Alzheimer's.
I have an invitation to his inauguration!
Grandma Howard received it for her work with the
Republican Party. She gave it to me!
GEORGE H.W. BUSH #41
President from1989-1993 Year #9 - Year #13 of teaching
President Bush had been the head of the CIA,
Ambassador to UN.
Envoy to China.
Vice-President under Ronald Reagan.
He was president during the Gulf War.
He also had a program called,
"1,000 Points of Light," volunteers who were helping to
solve America's social problems.
Funniest part? (or worst)
He was at a state dinner for leaders of Japan, when he threw up.
Of course, it was caught on video tape!
His son, George W., was the 43rd President of the United States.
Another son, Jeb, was governor of Florida.
On his 80th, 85th, and 90th birthdays, he went skydiving!
At age 92, he did the "coin toss" for
Super Bowl LI.
BILL CLINTON #42
President from1993-2001 Year #13 - Year #21 of teaching
He had been governor of Arkansas.
He had a hard time with liking too many women.
He was impeached by the House of Representatives, and
acquitted by the Senate.
"I did not have sexual relations with that woman, Miss Lewinsky!"
She was an intern at the White House, and having sexual relations with him!
It was hard being a teacher during this time.
Every child in my class knew exactly what they did! Bleh!!!
Other than a lot of dishonesty and womanizing, he was a pretty good president! (My brother's Eagle Scout certificate was signed by Richard Nixon. His oldest son's Eagle Scout certificate was signed by Bill Clinton.)
After leaving office, his wife, Hillary, became a senator from New York,
ran for President of the United States, and was
Secretary of State under Obama.
She was Secretary when Osama bin Laden was killed.
The second time she ran for president, she was the Democratic nominee for president,
but lost to President Trump.
Clinton has been a great former president.
GEORGE W. BUSH #43
During the 2000 presidential elections, Bush vs Gore,
there were many problems with the voting in Florida.
Recounts were called for.
There were problems with the "punch ballots"...chads, and hanging chads.
We did not know who would be the next president for a month!
Now that was weird!!!
President from2001-2009 Year # 21 - Year #29 of teaching
His father was George H. W. Bush, the 41st President of the United States.
His brother, Jeb, has been governor of Florida, and also
ran for he President of the United States.
He had been governor of Texas, and also a part owner
of the Texas Rangers baseball team from 1989-1998.
He was president at the time of the September 11, 2001
terrorists attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon.
9-11 changed our country forever!
He came to Salt Lake to participate in the Opening Ceremonies
of the 2002 Winter Olympics.
I also got to see him in person!
August 30, 2006.
Don Ward gave me a ticket.
I went to the smaller airport.
There was nothing like seeing Air Force 1 descend!!!
It was great to see Former President Gerald Ford at BYU.
But, there's nothing like seeing the current president!!!
BARRACK OBAMA #44 Barrack Obama is the first African American president.
More specifically, the first biracial president. His father is black, mother is white.
He is also the first US president who is younger than me! YIKES!
Born in 1961.
President from2009 - 2017 Year #29 - Year #33 of teaching + plus 3 1/2 years of retirement
When he was inaugurated, his daughters were in 5th and 2nd grades.
It's always good to have a 5th grader in the White House!
He was a community organizer, a state senator, and US senator for 3 years.
That was it for his experience.
He beat Governor Mitt Romney for his second term.
(Head of 2002 Olympics, Governor of Massachusetts, and LDS!)
DONALD J. TRUMP #45
Current President January 2017 - Year #3 1/2 - #7 of retirement Donald J. Trump is the first president who has not served in public office, or had been a military leader. President Trump has been a businessman, real estate mogul, tv host, owner of the Miss USA & Miss Universe pageants, etc. He has been on the cover of Playboy Magazine and was the father of the rich kid in "The Little Rascals." He also created and hosted the tv shows, "The Apprentice" and "Celebrity Apprentice." Two ex-wives, both models. Wife #2 was a contestant during 2016 on Dancing With the Stars. Current wife, was also a model. (Always had a model wife!) 3 children with wife #1. 1 child with wife #2. These four children all graduated from the University of Pennsylvania. His youngest daughter, Tiffany, is currently attending Georgetown Law School. 1 child with wife #3. Currently an 8th grader. (already taller than his parents) Oldest person to be elected president . . . 70. Ran for president against the former Secretary of State, Senator, and First Lady. Hillary Clinton. Earlier this year, President Trump was impeached by the House of Representatives and acquitted by the Senate. President Trump is running for reelection this year. He is currently 73.
Of the well-known Democratic candidates (those who make the debates),
there are three who who are 78 and 79!
Also, one is 59, and two are babies
(you must be 35 to be president), at just 38!
Here I am visiting Trump Tower in 2013.
Former presidents Herbert Hoover and Harry S Truman were
still alive when I was in elementary school.
PRESIDENTIAL HOMES I HAVE VISITED:
GEORGE WASHINGTON #1
Childhood home of George Washington...ages 6-22
("Chopping down cherry tree")
Stafford County, Virginia
The original home does not stand...but they have excavated, and know the exact location and dimensions of the house.
The excavating is the actual site!
GEORGE WASHINGTON'S OFFICE
George Washington used the building here as a military office from
September 1755 - December 1756
when he was 23 years old.
Fairfax County, Virginia
I have been here twice.
2005 and 2012.
George Washington's remains are on the right.
Martha Washington's remains are on the left.
JOHN ADAMS BIRTHPLACE #2
Braintree, now Quincy, Massachusetts "THE BIG HOUSE" JOHN ADAMS RETIREMENT HOME
Braintree (now Quincy), Massachusetts John & Abigail lived here after he served as president. "MONTICELLO"
THOMAS JEFFERSON #3
He was also the architect.
I have been here twice.
2005 and 2012.
JAMES MADISON #4
Madison had a horse race track in front of his home.
James & Dolly with "Yours Truly"
"ASH LAWN PLANTATION"
JAMES MONROE #5
JOHN QUINCY ADAMS BIRTHPLACE #6
Braintree (now Quincy), Massachusetts
This home is next to his father, John Adams's birthplace.
WILLIAM HENRY HARRISON #9
Charles City, Virginia
JOHN TYLER #10
Charles City, Virginia
Notice that both Harrison and Tyler are neighbors.
John Tyler was the vice president to William Henry Harrison.
Harrison died after one month in office!
His plantation is just down the road from Harrison's.
When I visited this home in 2012,
Tyler's grandson currently lived in the home! WHAT???
John Tyler was president in the 1840s.
He was born in 1790.
He had 15 children by two different wives.
His second wife was dating Tyler's son when they met.
Tyler's 13th child was born in 1865 at the end on the Civil War when he was 75.
That son had a son born in 1928 (the year my dad was born) when he was 63.
We've had 35 U.S. President's since John Tyler!
Some of our class in the guest house.
The white haired lady on the couch is Sister Georgia.
At the time I was there, 2012, she was beginning her 55th year of teaching at a
Private Boys Catholic high school in Kentucky!
ABRAHAM LINCOLN #16
To escape the heat of the summer, Lincoln and his family lived in this cottage.
It was like "Camp David" is today.
Lincoln still traveled every day to the White House.
Many soldiers would sleep on the cottage lawn and were fed by the
staff during the Civil War.
Statue of Lincoln and his horse
Check out my shirt!
It's from the Rose Bowl, when I went with the American Fork High School
Marching Band when they marched in the Rose Parade!
(December 28, 2011-January 3, 2012).
WOODROW WILSON #28
WOODROW WILSON'S BIRTHPLACE
WOODROW WILSON PRESIDENTIAL LIBRARY
(One of my district history teacher's wife is from
this little town! It's in the middle of the
After he finished his terms as president...Woodrow Wilson's friends bought this house for him.
(He had no money to buy his own.)
Presidential pensions did not start until after Harry S Truman's presidency!
Toilet...notice there is no tank.
To flush the toilet, you pulled a chain.
This was in the early 1920s.
Check out these old pantry items!
I have loved learning about the presidents my entire life!
I've read several books about them and the first ladies.
My two favorites are: "Prophets and Presidents"
and "When the White House Comes to Zion."
And . . . here's my favorite
"President's Day" painting:
All of the LDS presidents/prophets.
This is a corner of the Celestial Room in the Salt Lake Temple.