Demont Hansen passed peacefully on March 24, 2015. Demont was born on October 5, 1921 at the family home in Monroe, Utah to Ernest Thomas Hansen and Lora Jane Farmer Hansen. Demont was the 7th of 9 children. At the age of 17, he fibbed about his age and joined the 222nd Field Artillery, Utah National Guard and was called to active duty in March of 1941. They were sent to the European Theater of Operations landing on Normandy Beach on the day after D-day. Then he served a tour of duty with Paton’s 3rd Army at the Battle of the Bulge. After returning home from his duty, he met and married Doris Jean Mangum on December 24, 1946 in Ely, Nevada. Demont and Doris have four children – Holly J (Jim) Guard; Ferrel D (Jacki) Hansen; Heidi J (Dennis) Reid; and Monte D (Christine) Hansen. Demont has 15 grandchildren – Ken (Jana) Guard, Troy Guard, Sean Hansen, Nicole (Greg) Kudrna, Brent Johnson, Jessica (Gracian) Uhalde, Darren (Tami) Reid, Echo Reid, Garrett Reid, Kyra (Devon) Reardon, Gage Hansen, Jamin Hansen, Kurtis Hansen, Cody (Samantha) Crowther, and Baylee Hogan. He has 12 great grandchildren – Trystan Guard, Breaunna Guard, KJ Guard, Kadin Guard, Austin Guard, Taryn Hansen, Payton Lovec, Rylie Lovec, Faith Uhalde, Lainee Reid, Drake Reid, and Brynlee Crowther.
Demont was preceded in death by his parents and the following siblings: Ferrel Hansen, Montez Haslem, Thursell Hansen, Nina Cracraft, Bernice Ellis, Idonna Christensen and Betty Jean Hofheins.
He is survived by one brother – Bud Darwin Hansen of Idaho Falls, Idaho. Demont had numerous nieces and nephews, all of whom he loved dearly.
Demont was an avid hunter and horseman and loved spending time on his property and at his horse corrals. He was the best father anyone could ask for and a perfect husband. He owned and operated Hansen’sTexaco at the west end of Ely for over 45 years – he was a great businessman, known for the excellent service he provided his customers (the jokes were always free!)
Family was always the most important part of Demont’s life. He loved not only his family, but loved and helped take care of many extended family members, friends, and even strangers.