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Dr. Lloyd William Hanson

Dr. Lloyd William Hanson, Jr. died on Dec 3, 2017 at Flagstaff Medical Center. He was 83 years old.  Lloyd was preceded in death by his wife of 46 years, Sally. 

Dr. Hanson is survived by his 5 children, who were present for his passing; Harris Steven Hanson (Mantorville, MN), Suzan Hanson Sopkiw (Hollywood, CA), Nancy Hanson DeJongh (Amarillo, TX), Heidi Hanson Sobek (Flagstaff, AZ), Thomas Edward Hanson (Rochester, MN), and his brother James Hanson (Stillwater, MN). 

Dr. Hanson retired from Northern Arizona University, where for 14 years he was Director of Opera Theater, and taught classical voice.  Under his direction, the NAU Opera Theater grew to be recognized for excellence.  Former students have risen to international renown in Opera, Music Theater, and the Choral Arts.   

Lloyd began his professional life as choral conductor in the public schools of Faribault Minnesota, where he developed an award winning choral department.  As a performing tenor, Lloyd was the soloist with the prestigious Plymouth Congregational Church in Minneapolis, and with Center Opera (now Minnesota Opera.)  After earning his masters, he was hired by West Texas State University, where for 9 years he was choral conductor and voice teacher. 

Born in the small northern Minnesota town of Fertile, Lloyd Jr. was known for his clear singing voice and his strong pitching arm.  The second child of four, he maintained strong bonds with his sister and younger brothers. Theirs’ was a fun loving, yet intellectual family.  Both parents encouraged discussion and debate- something that Dr. Lloyd excelled in throughout his life.  

Dr. Hanson earned his Bachelor of Music degree from St. Olaf College, a Masters of Music in Vocal Performance and a Doctor of Music Arts, both from Colorado University.  He maintained strong ties to his alma maters.   

Dr. Hanson is further survived by 9 grandchildren: Siri Hanson Fritch, Nichole DeJongh, Jayme DeJongh Shelton, Aaron Hanson, Sally DeJongh Cook, Colin Sobek,

C. Kai Hanson, Carly Hanson and Emily Hanson; and 6 great-grandchildren; Ryan Shelton, Evan Shelton, Emilia Puazon-DeJongh, Tyler Shelton, Cannon Cook, and Wilder Fritch. 

We will miss his boisterous laugh, his flair for telling stories and jokes, his inquisitive mind, and his wise consul.  He was the consummate teacher. 

Memorial Services will be held Jan 21, 2018 at 2pm, Shepherd of the Hills Lutheran Church, Flagstaff.  In lieu of flowers the family asks that memorials be directed to:

The Lloyd and Sally Hanson Singer/Actor Award for Excellence Fund

C/o Northern Arizona University Foundation

P.O. Box 4094

Flagstaff, AZ 86011.  

To make a gift by phone or online, 928.523.2012,

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