Douglas Warren Hanson was born on November 10, 1947 to Wallace Dean and Charlotte (Talbot) Hanson in Mitchell.
He grew up on the family farm north of Mount Vernon and attended grade school at the Avery School. He graduated from Mount Vernon High School in 1966, then attended Dakota Wesleyan University and graduated in 1970.
He married Sara Peta in 1971, then later divorced, remaining close friends. He worked for the Mitchell Police Department and later worked for Equifax Insurance for many years. He was employed at the Mitchel Daily Republic until his retirement. Doug served on the Mount Vernon School Board from 1988 to 2003. After his retirement he followed his love of antiquing, making it his personal hobby. He also loved the South Dakota State University Jackrabbits and often attended games to show his support. Doug was always a sports fan, rooting for the Twins and the Vikings; he also loved to attend his grandkids' sporting events.
He is survived by his children, Jeffrey (Gov) and Sherri Hanson of Mount Vernon, Kari and Clint Hall of Madison, and Jamie Hanson of Mount Vernon; close friend, Sara Peta and his grandchildren: Ashlee and Dean Hanson, Michael Hall, Shaylee Hanson, Haidlee Hanson, Beau, and Jeremiah Cleveland. He is remembered by his special friend, Ziantha. He was preceded in death by his parents, and sister, LeeAnn.