Stephen Francis “Fran” Hanford

Open House October 13, 12-5 pm, 529 12th Street, Bridgeport

March 20, 1044 –
September 5, 2021
Stephen Francis “Fran” Hanford was a country boy at heart. He was born in Brewster, Washington, on March 20, 1944 to Lois and Emerson Hanford. He was the youngest of six children. He passed away on September 2, 2021 at home with his wife Gerry at his side. He was preceded in death by his parents, brothers Denny, Ralph, Doug and Lee and sister Margaret Ann Socci.
Fran learned the value of hard work on his parent’s wheat and cattle ranch on Pearl Hill in Bridgeport, Washington. He excelled in sports in high school and was voted Athlete of the Year in his senior year. He attended Washington State University at Pullman and was a lifetime Cougar fan. He had a long career as an operating engineer and surveyor, both in Washington and California. He was a member of the International Union of Operating Engineers.
Fran married the love of his life Gerry on August 5, 1967 in Brewster, Washington. They moved from Wenatchee, Washington to Fresno, California in 1974. Together they traveled the world and visited sites from the Yukon to South America, Australia, New Caledonia, Africa, and Europe. He was a Fresno State Bulldog fan and spent many happy hours cheering the dogs and tailgating with friends and family. Fran loved golf, bowling and fishing. He traveled to Alaska with ‘the guys’ for many years fishing for salmon and halibut. They were blessed with many nieces and nephews and three ‘daughters’ Isabella, Eugenia, and Junie who were exchange students that are family and given them four ‘grandchildren’ Charly, Engy, Tonya and Vova. He was loved and respected by them all.
Family and friends are invited to attend an open house in remembrance of Fran on Wednesday, October 13 from 12-5 pm at the David Socci home at 529 12th Street, Bridgeport, Washington.
A Celebration of Life will be held in Fresno, California on Monday, October 25, 2021.

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