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Dallas Kay Hakanson

November 27, 1939 — January 6, 2024

Dallas Kay Hakanson

Dallas Kay Hakanson passed away peacefully on January 6, 2024, in Murray, UT at the age of 84, surrounded by his 5 children and their spouses. He died after a battle with cancer and heart failure.

He is survived by his brother Garry Hakanson (Judy), his and Carol’s 5 children, Greg Hakanson (Allison), Todd Hakanson, Jason Hakanson (Krissy), Mariann Aston (Loren), and Carolann Rogers (Sam), as well as 19 grandchildren.

Dallas was an active member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. He loved music and singing in the choir.

Dallas was born November 27, 1939, in Bingham Canyon, UT. He spent his youth in Bingham Canyon, even almost burning down a hillside with his brother, Garry.  He moved to Cottonwood Heights as a teenager and attended Jordan High School.

Dallas played basketball and baseball in High School for Jordan High and was somewhat of a star on the basketball court, even making it into a nostalgic article of days gone by written by Lee Benson in the Deseret News in 1980.

Dallas married Carol Richards in the Logan Utah Temple on September 13, 1962. They moved to Northern California to pursue a career in finance.  He eventually made it to Hanford, CA, where he found a place with Bacome Insurance.

Dallas and Carol raised their family in Hanford and welcomed Carol’s sisters and husbands, Ann and Gerry Thompson and Roy and Mary Berrett to join them in what became a family business.  As the families grew, the cousins enjoyed many great memories together in Hanford, CA.

Later in life, his hobbies were playing tennis and golf. He made a lot of friends through these sports, and he was very competitive.  He hated to lose.  In the last few months prior to his death, and with the revelation of stage 4 cancer, his 5 children decided to move him to the cold Salt Lake valley. He was forced to pick up indoor pickleball as an alternative sport. He learned to love it, and was equally competitive, even beating children and grandchildren within days of his passing.

Dallas was most recently married to Lucy Aban Hakanson for 17 years, until Lucy’s death in March 2022. They were sealed in the Las Vegas Temple for time and all eternity.

Dallas and Lucy owned homes in Las Vegas and in Lucy's hometown of San Juan, Philippines. They were happy together and loved each other.

Dallas and Lucy worked together at local Las Vegas conventions and ushered at local Las Vegas sporting events and shows. He especially enjoyed seeing NBA Summer League and ushering for the Las Vegas Golden Knights Hockey games for the last 7 years.

He was preceded in death by his parents, LaVell and Mary Hakanson, his wife Carol Richards Hakanson and their first 3 children, Bryan, Mark, and Angela (who all died as babies), his wife Lucille Aban Hakanson, and a great-grandchild, Carolina Peach.

A viewing will be held on Friday, January 12, 2024, at 10am, followed by funeral services at 11am, both at the Highland Park 1st Ward building (11632 S. Night Heron Road, South Jordan, UT 84095). Burial services will follow at 12:30 pm at the South Jordan Cemetery (10630 S. 1055 W., South Jordan, UT 84095).

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