David Alan Hanson, 74
David Alan Hanson, 74, originally from Allegan and most recently residing in Brandon, Fla., passed away quietly at Hospice House in Ruskin, Fla., the morning of April 6, 2014. He had suffered a stroke the previous week and died from complications related to the stroke. His sons William Andrew and Michael were with him during the last days of his life.
David was born in Allegan on March 25, 1940, to Francis “Tuffy” Hanson, an active community leader and onetime Allegan mayor, and Barbara (Campbell) Hanson, a longtime librarian at the Allegan Library. Both are deceased. David was the couple’s second son. Their oldest son, James, lives in Clayton and their youngest son Hugh lives in Bayse, Va.
A graduate of Allegan High School, David received his bachelor’s degree from Michigan State University. Settling in East Lansing, he married his first wife Marguerite “Peg” Hanson, originally of Birmingham.
David and Peg had two sons, William Andrew, born 1966, and Peter Christopher, born 1969. David began his professional life in East Lansing, working for Michigan State agencies in the 1960s. He was among the first hires of the Michigan State Lottery following its formation in 1972.
After relocating with his family to New York State in 1976 to work for the New York State Lottery, David returned to Michigan in the early 1980s, working for firms including the prestigious W.B. Doner & Company advertising agency.
He spent most of his career in the marketing field, often serving as a consultant for state agencies during the startup phases of new lotteries. Additionally, David wrote freelance articles that were published in a number of national magazines, continuing a lifelong interest in writing that began with student journalism at MSU.
In 1989, David was married to Neila Pomerantz of Springfield, Mass. The couple’s son Michael Pomerantz was born in 1991. The family lived in Michigan, New Jersey, and Texas. After Neila died in 1997, David and Michael settled in Florida, where Michael has studied neurobiological sciences at the University of Florida.
David is survived by William Andrew’s family, including wife Kathy and children, Katrina, Christopher, John, Molly and Alexander; Peter Christopher and his wife, Leslie Connor; and sons Michael and Mark. Additionally, he is survived by his brothers James and Hugh and their families; as well as many cousins, nephews, and nieces in Michigan, Indiana, Wisconsin, New York and elsewhere.
There will be a memorial service in Allegan later this year when the family can gather.