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Posted by Al Hoyo on April 9, 2022
Miss my Valentines Day cooking partner…..
Posted by JOYCE MARCISZ on April 9, 2022
Hard to believe you have been gone for two years. Don you are missed every day. Your presents is allows felt when Pam opens your home for another memorable full moon mixer. ♥️
Posted by Dave Mohr on October 22, 2021
I first met Pam and Don about 10 years ago, when they invited us to their Bay Area home overlooking the San Francisco Bay.  We immediately felt welcomed.  Over the years we enjoyed time with them in San Felipe as well as accompanying them on adventures in Puerto Vallarta. As Don got to know me better, he opened up more and I enjoyed his incredible wit and sense of humor.  He loved giving us a tour of his new home in San Felipe, and you could see the sense of pride.  Don was never boastful, always humble, and very generous. He was truly a gentleman, and I am so fortunate to have known him.  RIP, Don.  You were loved by many.
Posted by Al Hoyo on October 21, 2021
Don was a Brother Viet Nam veteran who I was blessed to have known. He became a very special person in my life and I enjoyed spending time in the kitchen with him cooking for our wives.
I miss him…….
Posted by Jim Ross on October 21, 2021
Don was a man that set an example of how mankind should live their lives.

He was warm, sincere, always smiling and willing to lend a helping hand.

His suggestions on how to fix or repair things always worked and I still use some of the things he gave me.

Whenever I needed advice on any situation he had the right answer.

We were buddies and spent time together while our wives did whatever gals do. Mostly shop!

I remember celebrating an anniversary of theirs. They wanted a nice ocean-view quiet dinner on the malecon in San Felipe.

We got the perfect table and we’re having a nice conversation with
Mdrinks when along came a massive parade with a priest in full attire and his parishioners of many coming right in front of our table and view.

They set up a small altar outside of the restaurant and began to speak the message. I wanted to move but Don made light of it as he always would so we all laughed and had a great evening.

Don would confide in me and I with him and we had a great friendship that I miss every single day.

Don inspired us to purchase a Polaris Razor but prior to doing so we would go on beach runs. It was always a great time. One of the first we did Pam let me drive theirs and for some reason it would only go 5 miles per hour. We thought something was wrong with their new toy. Don jumped behind the wheel and no problem, peddle to the metal, away we went. We learned it had a speed regulator and if you didnt engage the seatbelt it was slow moving. We laughed over this many times.

I have many memories of Whale watching, corn hole, shuffle board, pool, darts, ping pong and full moon parties at their home or beach bin fires at ours as well asAl’s Back Street, festivals and more.

I am a honored to have been his friend.

May he rest in peace. I miss him. 
Posted by Laurel Ross on October 21, 2021
Don was always such a kind and caring man, so very thoughtful.

He was a quiet man until he really got to know us which didn’t take long as our acquaintance sparked to a quick and wonderful friendship. Don and Pam had moved permanently to San Felipe the same year Jim and I did.

He was always, always, always such a pleasure to be around.

Don never showed frustration or anger, such a mellow guy!

He would do anything for us and anyone! He loved to help and was always offering a hand.

When I think of Don I see that charismatic smile, his constant calloused bare feet, and his laughter. 

When something struck him as funny, man his laughter made me laugh and was infectious.

We had some wonderful trips together, unfortunately not as many as we’d hoped for.

There were many fantastic outings, and the friendship we shared became truly like a family.

He enjoyed our kids and they truly loved him.

I remember he and Pam drove a very long distance to our Delta River home for Natalie’s college graduation party, and he generously and lovingly brought a case or two of red wine he made.

He was a very talented wood worker and made Mexican train dominoes trays for us. They were crafted to perfection.

He even made a set for Wayne and Dave, bringing them all the way to Puerto Vallarta.

There are so many memories of Don, and he will forever have a place in my heart. I truly miss him and think of him every day.

RIP my amigo, til we meet again.

Enjoy the barefoot nation on the other side until you can dance with your bride.
Posted by Darlene Smith on October 16, 2021
Don was a good friend and neighbor, very obliging, generous, kind, and sincere.
A great memory was going to Los Algodones with him and Pam and friends and staying there overnight.
The restaurant staff cratered and fed us and then left without asking us to pay.
The next day all of us were wondering who paid the bill...we did pay that next day and wondered what really happened that last night.
Posted by JOYCE MARCISZ on October 11, 2021
There are some people who bring a light so great to the world that even after they have gone the light remains. I think of Don as always being the light for his family!
Posted by Janet McKinney on October 5, 2021
Death leaves a heartache no one can heal. Love leaves a memory no one can steal.
My fondest memory of Don will always be of him hosting one of their fabulous full moon mixers, barefoot, and slow dancing with Pam on their deck. Music, full moon backdrop, and the obvious deep love and affection they carried as a couple. A truly beautiful, magical memory.
Posted by Sandy Kayfish on September 19, 2021
May you dance with the waves, move with the sea and let the rhythm of the water set your soul free.
You are truly missed my friend

Sandy & Ron Kayfish
Posted by Cindy Coe on August 7, 2021
When someone you love becomes a memory, the memory becomes a treasure.
Posted by Deb Bennett on August 3, 2021
Somewhere a journey begins at the end of the worldly existence we know. Thinking of you and your beautiful family.

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Posted by Al Hoyo on April 9, 2022
Miss my Valentines Day cooking partner…..
Posted by JOYCE MARCISZ on April 9, 2022
Hard to believe you have been gone for two years. Don you are missed every day. Your presents is allows felt when Pam opens your home for another memorable full moon mixer. ♥️
Posted by Dave Mohr on October 22, 2021
I first met Pam and Don about 10 years ago, when they invited us to their Bay Area home overlooking the San Francisco Bay.  We immediately felt welcomed.  Over the years we enjoyed time with them in San Felipe as well as accompanying them on adventures in Puerto Vallarta. As Don got to know me better, he opened up more and I enjoyed his incredible wit and sense of humor.  He loved giving us a tour of his new home in San Felipe, and you could see the sense of pride.  Don was never boastful, always humble, and very generous. He was truly a gentleman, and I am so fortunate to have known him.  RIP, Don.  You were loved by many.
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Obituary

Donald Christian Hansen, 74, a Tiburon resident for 35 years, died on April 9, 2020 at his home in Oceanside, California, surrounded by his family.

He was born in Orange, New Jersey, on November 17, 1945, son of Harold Torger Hansen and Esther Margareth Nielsen. He grew up in Livingston, New Jersey, where he was captain of the wrestling team and rebuilt a 1952 MG during high school. He graduated from Dartmouth College in Hanover, New Hampshire, in 1967, where he majored in economics and was a member of the Alpha Theta fraternity. Don then served as an officer in Vietnam before returning to Hanover, where he received his MBA from Tuck School of Business in 1972.

He married Pamela Ann Smith from Springfield, Massachusetts, in 1973. They lived in Boston and Natick, Massachusetts, while Pam attended law school, and then moved to Tiburon, California. In 2013, they retired to San Felipe in Baja, Mexico, where they built their dream home on the Sea of Cortez.

Don worked in finance and investment banking in San Francisco at Sutro & Co., Wells Fargo, Hambrecht & Quist, and Marketron.

Don was an avid scuba diver, vintner, wood-worker, and classic-car enthusiast. He loved cooking for his gourmet groups, hosting full-moon parties at his beach home, and playing his guitars.

Survivors include his wife of 46 years, Pamela Smith Hansen of San Felipe, Mexico, and Oceanside, California; three daughters, Morgan Hagerty, Whitney Musser and Jordan Griffin of Carlsbad, California; a brother, H. Roger Hansen of Keene, New Hampshire; and five grandchildren.

A celebration of life will be held during a full moon on the beach at his home in San Felipe, Mexico, once the border is reopened and it is safe to gather.
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Wow what a guy!

Shared by Janice Hoyo on October 21, 2021
Don and Pam threw open their doors to host so many full moon parties and gatherings, let there be no doubt you wanted to be on their party list!
But what made gatherings so special was Don. He was 100 percent in - making great culinary creations, firing up the spa, fire pit, whatever it took for a memorable gathering.
I will never forget when the Hansen’s hosted a party making ginger bread houses. Don prepared for days making houses and frosting, etc. It was a great time - delicious, memorable and fun! Don took great joy in good friends and family. Thank you Don for being such a beautiful, loving and giving person. You will always live on deep in our hearts.

Stingray Sting

Shared by Carole Romero on October 3, 2021
Don was absolutely the nicest man I have ever known.  We went shelling out in front of Don and Pam's home with our adult granddaughters a couple of years ago.  One of our granddaughters, Sophie, got stung by a stingray.  She was bleeding and in such great pain!  Pam told her to go up to the house and Don would help her.  So she did.  Don graciously brought out a pan of hot water for her foot and an aspirin to help ease the pain.  He gave a her a small bottle of water to take the aspirin with.  It turns out that he mistakenly grabbed a water bottle filled with Vodka out of the refrigerator.  Sophie gulped it down with the aspirin.  When we all got back to the patio, I asked Sophie how she was feeling.  She said great!  "Don helped me out a lot!  Especially, the the water he gave me to drink."  We still tell that story to this day!  We miss him a lot!!

Devoted Dad

Shared by Morgan Hagerty on June 6, 2021
Here is Dad performing "surgery" to repair my precious Duckie for the zillionth time -- not to mention the time he drove hours to retrieve Duckie when I threw him out of the car window on the way to Tahoe.  He was a devoted dad who was always there for us whether it was making dozens of individual gingerbread houses by hand, Indian Princess camping trips, or doling out sage advice and supplying (sometimes wildly inaccurate) nature facts. Ranger Don is and always will be missed.