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Steven Dwight Hanson

March 27, 1951 ~ January 26, 2024 (age 72) 72 Years Old
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STEVEN “STEVE” D. HANSON

MARCH 27th, 1951 - JANUARY 26th, 2024

On Friday, January 26th, 2024, in Sun City West, Arizona, Steven D. Hanson passed away at the age of 72. Born on March 27th, 1951, in Fargo, North Dakota, to Howard and Betty (Anderson) Hanson, Steve was a beloved husband and devoted father.

From an early age, Steve had a passion for the hospitality industry. From bussing tables at the age of 13, to mastering the intricacies of the kitchen, Steve's innate talent and culinary expertise charted the course of his career. In 1971, Steve earned a Chef Management Degree from Northwest Technical College in Moorhead, Minnesota and relocated to Phoenix, Arizona, taking on the role of Chef at the Adams Hotel, a Wold Family Property. A unique opportunity compelled Steve to return back to Fargo with the Wold Family, opening the new Fargo Holiday Inn in 1972. From Chef to General Manager to Partner, The Fargo Holiday Inn not only became the canvas for his flourishing career but also the backdrop for the growth of his family.

On August 27th, 1977 Steve married Eldean (Elli) Langlie. Over the course of their 46 years of marriage, they created unforgettable memories traveling the world, raised their two children, Andrew and Amy and found immense joy in becoming grandparents to Mason and Wesley. Steve was a loyal and caring friend to many. He had a way with his words, they were always calculated, honest, full of knowledge and when necessary… sarcastic.

Steve was a natural operator, he had an eye for detail and a work ethic that was commendable. Steve became a partner with the Wold Family forming Dakota Hospitality Company (DHC), a Hotel Management and Development company that managed various hotels spread over 6 states. Under his leadership, DHC had properties recognized and awarded for excellent quality service and operations by the International Hotels Group (IHG) and in 2000, he was elected to the Board of Directors for the International Association of Holiday Inns (IAHI) holding 2 terms. Steve was a founding board member of the Fargo-Moorhead Convention and Visitors Bureau as well as the non-profit organization, Daily Bread.

Steve loved the game of golf. If he wasn’t on the course playing, he was watching it from afar. More importantly, he loved what the game gave him; life long friendships and heartwarming memories. He was a lifelong member of First Lutheran Church in Fargo and a devoted christian. In 2019, after 45+ years in the hospitality industry, Steve retired and together with Elli they embarked on a new journey as ‘snowbirds’ enjoying summers at Pelican Lake in Pelican Rapids, Minnesota and winters in Sun City West, Arizona.

We want to convey our heartfelt and sincerest gratitude to the nurses and physicians who played a crucial role at Banner Del E Webb Medical Center in Sun City West, Arizona, Dr. Mike Lillestol at IMA Healthcare in Fargo, North Dakota and Dr. Gordon Grado at Southwest Oncology Center in Scottsdale, Arizona for their compassion and exceptional care of Steve.

Steve was preceded in death by his father and mother, Howard and Betty, brothers Doug, Greg, Dennis and Mike. He is survived by his wife Eldean (Elli), his two children, Andrew Hanson (Jaimee Schaff) of Fargo, ND and Amy Boen of Nixa, MO, grandsons Mason and Wesley Boen of Nixa, MO, several cousins, nieces and nephew. At Steve's request a small private family gathering will be held at a later date. In lieu of sending flowers or donations to the family please consider donating to Cancer Research and the Fight Against Cancer.

Steve taught us the importance of love, gratitude and being humble. He challenged us to find joy in every day and to be grateful for every sunrise. We are extremely proud of him and his impact on our lives will forever carry on.

With love, Elli, Andrew & Amy

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