Vic Hansen, 63, a 30-year resident of Pinecliffe, died Tuesday March 22, 2016. Born in California on February 22, 1953, his family moved to Crestline, California when Vic was 12 years old. He attended Rim of the World High School, in Lake Arrowhead, and graduated in 1971.
Vic enlisted in the U.S. Army shortly after graduation and served in the 709th Military Police Battalion at several military bases in Germany and Colorado until his medical discharge in 1979. He has maintained contact with several military friends for decades.
Vic married Barbara Brogie, of Pomona, California, on March 17, 1973, at Christian Chapel in Walnut, California. They recently celebrated their 43rd anniversary on St. Patrick’s Day. After his military service, Vic ran the historic Denver Pet Cemetery in Commerce City for nearly 5 years.
Vic and his family moved to Pinecliffe in 1986, and he began a 28-year career delivering propane gas to the homes of hundreds of mountain residents. Vic’s hobbies included panning for Gold in South Beaver Creek, photography, snow skiing, water skiing, jet skiing, fishing, and hunting.
Vic was an avid ham radio operator. He was a member of the American Radio Relay League. In 2005, he received his Amateur Radio Advanced Class Operator license.
He was a member of the Go Big or Stay Home (GBOSH) Field Day Club. His team came in second place in the U.S./Canada American Radio Relay League (ARRL) in 2014.
In 2015, he received the Straight Key Century Club Tribune Award and received his Amateur Radio Extra Class Operator license. He was a charter member of the Indian Peaks Radio Club and was the club’s station trustee. He also enjoyed teaching Morse Code through the CW Academy to ham radio operators.
Vic is survived by his wife, Barbara, daughter Deanna, son Vic, four grandchildren, Jonah, Jacob, Shaina and Shierah, his father and best friend, Vic, mother Joan Hansen of Thousand Palms, California, and two sisters, Penny and Corrine.
Preparations are underway to throw a huge Celebration of Life party for Vic. Details will be announced at a later date.
“This has been a tragic loss, not only for Vic’s family and friends, but everyone who came in contact with him,” Barbara Hansen said. “Vic was well-known and respected by all those who knew him. He was always willing to help anyone in any way. Vic Hansen will be sadly missed.”