FIRST DAY – Baranof Elementary School paraprofessional Brooke Rivera helps kindergartner Andrei Kyrie Joaquin find his class as children line up for school this morning. Today was the first day of school for a third of the kindergarten class, which was divided into three groups. The final group of kindergartners begins school Monday. (Sentinel Photo by James Poulson)

Jon Jay Hanson

Jon Jay Hanson
July 19, 1959-May 7, 2017

In the presence of loving family, Jon Jay Hanson passed away peacefully on May 7, 2017, at UW Medical  Center in Seattle, Washington. He was 57.
He was born July 19, 1959, in Marinette, Wis., the son of Kent and Marilyn Hanson.
The family moved to Sitka, and he graduated from Sitka High in 1977.
Jon was a phenomenal musician who astounded many with his talent playing the trumpet. He will be most remembered for his enthusiasm to live life to its fullest, his strength through even the most daunting times, his spontaneity, the ability to humor all, and his genuine, humble love for his family and friends.
Jon is survived by his parents Marilyn and Kent Hanson, Sitka; children Cara (Hanson) Brenton and Camille (Hanson) Miller; grandchildren Kyler Brenton and Chalice Brenton, both of Sitka; siblings Steve Hanson, Kim Hanson, Brian Hanson, Jim Hanson, Jennifer (Hanson) Mayville and Julie (Hanson) Skyum; and numerous nieces and nephews.
The bountiful life he lived was full of adventure. He awed all in his company with his moving and inspiring trumpet playing, and played in numerous bands of various genres.
He was an astonishing artist as well, always constructing some type of artistic gadget or device. He was exceptional, overly organized, equipped with everything, and a camping guru who loved the outdoors.
Jon was the “go to guy” for just about anything. He was dedicated to and treasured his entire family. He spent his life making others feel good, never missing the opportunity to share his gratitude, and making life worth living, his family said.
“Jon, you are eternally loved by all who had the pleasure to be in your presence and you will never be forgotten,” said his family.
“You are an everlasting inspiration and a part of you remains in us all. RIP,” wrote Cara (Hanson) Brenton.
A celebration of his life will be held at Sea Mountain Golf Course in Sitka, 2-5 p.m. (perhaps later) on June 17. Appetizers are welcome and those who play an instrument are invited to join the jam.
Cara may be contacted at 907-738-9939 if more information is needed.
A private ceremony will be held for family members on Saturday, July 29, 2017.




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