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Celebration of Life for Bob Hanna

Sacramento State Aquatic Center
Event organized by Sacramento State Aquatic Center

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On February 24th, 2018 Robert "Bob" Keith Hanna passed away from a brief battle with brain cancer. He died at home with his wife Linda by his side. He was born in Red Bluff, CA on July 30, 1936 to Dr. Curtis Hanna and Gerita Miller Hanna. Bob spent the bulk of his childhood in Pt. Loma, CA where he developed a love for all things water. He was a champion rough water swimmer, sailboat racer, and lifeguard at the Kona Kai club on Shelter Island. He even reduced his college food bill by diving for abalone in La Jolla cove. After graduating from San Diego State University with a Master's Degree in experimental psychology, Bob headed north and worked as a parole officer and then correctional counselor at the Vacaville State Penitentiary. While working full time and with three young children, Bob entered McGeorge Law School's night program in 1968 and graduated in 1970 - a testament to his incredible work ethic. He spent the remainder of his work career as an administrative law judge with California's Department of Social Services and moonlighting for several years as a white water rafting guide on weekends. Bob never shied away from new experiences and adventures. He was an avid runner, finishing the Western States 100 Mile Run in 1981. He rafted virtually every river in the western United States including the Colorado River several times. As an expert kayak racer, he loved the opportunity to impart his knowledge to those new to the sport. His favorite racing memories were from teaming with his sons in the annual Eppie's Great Race. He was an active member of Friends of the River, Save the American River Association, and the River City Paddlers Club. In addition to his athletics, Bob enjoyed playing several musical instruments, photography, walking his favorite canine pal Riki, and traveling the world with his wife Linda. Above all, Bob took great pride in his children and was an amazing friend to all who knew him. He leaves behind his wife Linda, and four children from his first wife: Jill Ferreter (Rick), Rich Hanna (Suzy), Doug Hanna (Becky) and Alison Eckart (Shawn). He also leaves behind six grandchildren: Aidan and Hannah Ferreter, Cole Hanna, Nathan and Sydney Hanna and Alexandra Eckart; and three sisters: Joyce Wickern, Jeanette Allen, and Katie Lutz. To honor him, please consider a donation to the American River Parkway Foundation or a charity of your choice.