David Hanks

Obituary of David Jerome Hanks

David Jerome Hanks passed away November 10, 2020, in Lacey, Washington. He was born March 31, 1936, to Claire and Lucy Hanks in San Pedro, California. He and his wife, Doris-Ann, raised their children in Alturas, California. He worked in Los Angeles for Johnson & Turner Painting Co. and commuted to Alturas for the holiday seasons for ten years (1979-1989). After the graduation of their youngest child, David and his wife returned to Los Angeles until his retirement from Johnson & Turner Painting Co. (1989-1996). After retirement, David returned to Alturas as a widower.  In 2007, he moved to Susanville California for the next 11 years (1996-2007). In 2018, David moved to Olympia, Washington, to be closer to his children.


David married Lorraine LaFleur on January 14, 1956 (passed away January 10, 1964), and Doris-Ann Johnson on January 2, 1965 (passed away October 29, 1996).

He had a “PhD’ in street smarts and common sense. Professionally, he was a painter/construction journeyman for Johnson & Turner in Stanton, California, for 33 years. He retired in 1996. He was a member of the International union of Painters and Allied Trades (IUPAT).


David loved fishing, camping, and winning at casinos. He will be remembered for his favorite sayings, including “Be good or don’t get caught,” “Never let your bills be higher than minimum wage can pay,” and “Hard workers can always find a better boss.”  He was well loved by all who met him. His generosity was contagious.


He is survived by his daughters, Jere-Ann Hanks of Olympia, De-Ann Hanks Lotspeich (husband, Todd Lotspeich) of Lacey, and Mari-Ann Hanks of Olympia; son-in-law, Al Slayton; six grandchildren; and two great grandsons. He was predeceased by his wives, Lorraine Hanks and Doris-Ann Hanks; son, David Lloyd Hanks; daughter, Le-Ann Slayton; and great-grandson, John David Belford.


Memorial donations may be made to City of Hope Treatment and Research, 1500 East Duarte Road, Duarte, CA 91010.


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