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Earl Alston Hanger

April 6, 1932 — December 12, 2021

Earl Alston Hanger age 89.  Born to Alston Joseph and Evelyn Weidman Hanger, April 6, 1932.  Earl Alston Hanger (Dad) died December 12, 2021, he was married to Elizabeth Ann Tueller Hanger (Mom), July 16, 1954 until her death August 21, 2009. Earl described Ann his wife, as the best thing that ever happened to him in his life.
Earl had four children, Suelyn Padjen (Guy), Karen Crookston (Dan), Gregory, Hanger (Shannon Heinen), and Janette Petersen (David), who preceded him in death August 11, 2010. Earl had 8 grandchildren, Kristoffer, Eric, Stephanie, Caitlin, Eli, Zak, Emily and Madeline, and 7 great‐ grandchildren, creating fond memories by his expressions of affection and investing time with his grandkids.
Dad served in the United States Air Force during the Korean Conflict 1951‐53, at Kadena Air Force Base, Okinawa, Japan, as he would put it, “flying a desk.” Creating a love of flying that never left him. Dad was a lover of aviation, and an accomplished pilot who flew for many years, and published one of his more harrowing flight stories in Plane & Pilot Magazine. Dad enjoyed his Luscombe 8F and 8A aircraft, and tried his hand at flying gliders, as well as military T‐6 trainers with his son Greg, and son‐in‐ law David.
Dad could identify any aircraft by the sound of the engine as it flew over, even to the detail as to maker, horsepower and year made. One of dad’s hobbies was the construction from mail order kit, and custom work on many parts of a 1/24 scale working steam engine replica of the Union Pacific 119, from the Golden Spike Ceremony of 1869, and spent years on the project, until it ran perfectly. Converting it ultimately to run on compressed air at the delight of visitors, and his grandchildren. He abandoned the project of completing period cars, and a railroad bed in the backyard when he determined the yard could not support the turns.
Dad retired 1982 from the marketing manager at Mountain Bell Telephone, meaning he was one of a lucky few, who enjoyed many more years of retirement than work. Earl and Ann traveled the world after dad’s retirement. Dad made videos of all their trips with a fun running narrative complete with, maps, pointers, itinerary, and mom the star, much to her chagrin. Dad’s daughters would ask dad when leaving the home, “where are you going?” Much to their frustration, his response was always, “crazy, want to come?”
A graveside service will be held at Memorial Holladay Cemetery. Saturday, December, 18th, 3 pm. In lieu of flowers please send donations to Huntsman Cancer Foundation.
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Graveside Service
December 18, 2021 at 3:00 PM
Memorial Holladay Cemetery, 4900 South Memory Lane (1990 East), Holladay, Utah 84117
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