Mike Hansford, of Gold Bar, Wash., born on July 2, 1944 in Monett, Mo., passed away on September 25, 2010 in Everett, Wash. Mike was the son of Ward E. Hansford, of Houston, Mo., and L. Maxine Clements, of Monett, Mo..
Mike served as a Machinist Mate 2nd Class in the U.S. Navy from June 20, 1962 to June 26, 1968. As a Vietnam Veteran he earned the National Defense Service Medal and the Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal. Mike was also a retired Snohomish County Sheriff.
Unlike the Jack of all trades who has mastered none, Mike was very knowledgeable of an extensive range of topics and had mastered several. A man of vision, born with a sense of adventure, he spent his life learning, expanding his abilities, and then shared with those around him the fruits of what he had labored to learn.
He was a man of action and had a deep burning desire to learn. Where people can start a conversation about one topic and end on something completely unrelated, that was how he lived his life. Starting off his adult life in the Navy, followed by becoming a Snohomish County Sheriff, he followed a diverse path, ultimately leading him to videography, airbrushing and more. Even in his final days, Mike had a computer brought to him so that he could learn what he could about cancer and alternative cures.
He is survived by his life long friend and companion, Marvell Hansford; his children: Mike and Scott; his daughter-in-law: Anita; his grandchildren: Dallas, Isabel, Devin, Summer, Deanna, Ward and Wendy; and his cousin, Virginia Lee Ross, who is more like the sister he never had.
Services to memorialize his life were conducted at 1 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 8, at Purdy & Walters at Floral Hills Funeral Home & Cemetery in Lynnwood, Wash.