Luane Hanson, 38

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Trail – Luane “Lu” Hanson, age 38, died unexpectedly Friday, December 23, 2016 at his home in rural Trail.
       A funeral service to celebrate Luane’s life was held at 1 p.m. on Tuesday, January 3 at Trinity Lutheran Church in Thief River Falls, with Rev. Timothy Lundeen and Rev. John Voelker officiating. Burial was held at Nazareth Church Cemetery, Hickory Township, Pennington County.
    Luane Harry Hanson was born June 1, 1978 in Thief River Falls, to Howard and Linda (Watne) Hanson.  Luane was born and raised on the family farm, being baptized and confirmed at the Nazareth Lutheran Church, rural Trail.  
    Luane attended and graduated from Oklee High School in 1996.  From 1995-1997 he attended Northland Community College in Thief River Falls resulting in earning his  A.A. and A.A.S. degrees.  From 2001-2006 he attended BSU in Bemidji, graduating with a B.S. Degree in Mass Communications. While attending college, Luane worked various jobs including Hugo’s in Thief River Falls  for 11 years, served as the Arts and Entertainment Editor for BSU for 3½ years, the Cameraman for PBS (Lakeland Public Television) and as a DJ for FM90 KBSU.
    Luane was always an adventurer at heart, so, in 2006 Luane decided to embark on his journey and spent the next 3 years traveling from the East Coast to the West. His journey took him to Front Royal, VA, to Seattle (Seafair as an H1 Hydroplane Race Security Committee) and finally to Las Vegas, NV (Angel Park Golf Course) before returning home.
    In 2011, Luane won a life-changing trip from Marlboro to go to Durango, CO, to upgrade a high Mountain Trail. While there, Luane made memories and friends for a lifetime.  That Fall Luane decided to attend NWSB for Wooden Boat Building in Port Hadlock, WA, from 2011-2012. While in school Luane did boat shop volunteering at the NW Maritime Center as well as being a winter schooner maintenance on a 133-foot gaff-rigged schooner “Adventuress.”  Luane was also a commercial copywriter for USA today and Livestrong.
    After graduating Luane was hired immediately by the Haven Boatworks LLC in Port Townsend, WA.  One of his biggest accomplishments and most pride while in WA, was a beautiful 8’ skiff boat he handcrafted and built, which he has documented at:
    In 2013, Luane truly proved no child loved his parents more, by setting aside his passions and leaving them 2000 miles behind to help his parents while they dealt with health issues. Even though in Luane’s heart he wanted to return back to Washington to the ocean, mountains and his second family (friends) that he loved, it was so very important to him to make sure that his mom got the treatment she needed at Mayo, which they fought and won. While staying on the farm and taking care of his parents, Luane wrote and published four books, created fabulous meals and worked on beautiful, hand crafted wood projects.  Luane was very talented and his work will be treasured forever.
    Luane loved life and wanted to experience it to its fullest. Hobbies included exploring, photography, music, boats, cooking, writing and wood working.  Luane was one of the most positive, kind, genuine and generous people you would want to meet with a brilliant mind and heart of gold, leaving a positive impact on everyone he met. He had this knowledge and eloquence of delivering his thoughts in writing that he would share with his family and friends. He will be forevermore loved and missed.
    Luane is survived by his parents, Howard and Linda Hanson, Trail, sisters, Wendy (Jeff) Thrane of Front Royal, VA and Joanne Olson, Thief River Falls, brother, Dean (Naomi) Hanson, Trail; nieces and nephews, Ariel Berry, Austin Thrane, Wyatt Olson, Tyler, Faith, Clancy, Carter, Gracie and Tucker Hanson; uncles, Larry Watne and Lyle Watne of Alexandria, Lonnie Watne, Trail, and Lowell (Sherrlene) Watne, East Grand Forks; and numerous other relatives and friends.
    Luane is preceded in death by his grandparents, Harry and Nora Hanson and Lloyd and Lorraine Watne and numerous other relatives and friends.