Obituary of Willis Hanks |

Obituary of Willis Hanks

Willis Hanks

Willis Clark Hanks left this earth Tuesday, Aug. 26, 2014. He was 82.

He went peacefully and his family takes comfort in knowing he is with his Heavenly Father.

A memorial service will be at 2 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 28, at Sierra Presbyterian Church, 175 Ridge Rd. Nevada City, CA. 95959.

Willis was born in Ellensburg, Wash., on May 26, 1932 to Willis and Helen Hanks. In high school, he was a responsible student and excelled at track. He went on to graduate with a B.A. degree in business administration from Pullman University in Washington.

After graduation, he spent two years in the Army before making the family home in the Bay Area. Willis married the love of his life, Donna Jean Flower, on Aug. 29, 1953, and they had two children, Willis Jeffrey Hanks and Sharon Jean Hanks

Willis worked for Locheed Martin for 30 years. After retiring, Willis and Donna moved to Nevada City, Calif.

Willis enjoyed many hobbies including fishing, hiking and walking, woodworking and traveling the world with his wife, Donna. He enjoyed learning new skills and was always involved in various projects. There were not many tasks that he couldn’t figure out.

He was a kind, gentle man with a great sense of humor and a compassionate heart. He loved his family immensely and was a responsible and caring provider. He was a solid Christian man with a strong faith in God.

He was well-loved and will be missed.

Willis is survived by his wife, Donna Jean Hanks; son Willis Jeffrey Hanks; daughter Sharon Jean Hanks; brother Gerald Hanks; and grandson Trevor Hanks, who was his pride and joy.

Memorial contributions may be made to Sierra Presbyterian Church, P.O. Box 268, Nevada City, CA 95959.

Arrangements are under the direction of Hooper and Weaver Mortuary.

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