Afton M HansenSeptember 25, 1925 ~ June 15, 2017 (age 91)
Dr. Afton M. Hansen
1925 - 2017
Dr. Afton M Hansen passed away June 15, 2017 at his home in Mayfield, Utah. He was born September 25, 1925 in Mayfield to Melvin J and Enid Hansen.
Afton grew up in Mayfield, attending schools in there and in Manti. Upon graduation from high school, he was drafted into the U.S. Navy. During WWII, he served three and half years as an airplane mechanic. He served in the European and Asian theaters.
Upon release from the Navy, he started working as a mechanic at the Mayfield Garage. Later he attended Snow College where he received his 2 year diploma; attended BYU where he obtained his BS and MS degrees. He later received a PhD from Utah State University. He taught at Snow College for over 30 years.
Afton was an avid hunter, fisherman and athletic participant. While at Snow College, he was voted Teacher of the Year on several occasions. He was also voted as Preferred Man by the students for the Preference Ball, this was while he was teaching at Snow.
In later years, he won the Utah Senior Bowling Tournament and represented Utah at the national tournament.
While working for the US Forest Service, he invented a level to put on the caterpillars to be able to build terraces for flood control.
After his father died, Afton took care of his mother for 22 years. He was adored by nieces, nephews and other family members. He had the ability to relate to all people. His life has been one of service to others. Afton you will be missed.
He is survived by a brother, LaVar J. Hansen of Salt Lake City and a sister, Cuma (Dennis) Hansen of Avon, UT, and is preceded in death by a brother, Gayle Hansen; parents; sisters-in-law, Iva Mae Hansen and Connie Hansen.
Funeral services will be held on Wednesday, June 21, 2017 at 12:00 Noon in the Mayfield Ward Chapel, where friends may call on Tuesday evening from 6 to 8 or on Wednesday from 10:30 to 11:30. Burial will be in the Mayfield Cemetery with Military Honors provided by the Centerfield AL Post #105. Funeral Directors, Magleby Mortuary, Richfield, Salina and Manti. Online guest book: www.maglebymortuary.com