Don Hansen, 87, the legendary sportfishing patriarch and founder of Dana Wharf Sportfishing & Whale Watching, died on Wednesday, January 5, 2022. The news of his death ricocheted throughout the California sportfishing and fisheries management communities and beyond.
Don Hansen served as Vice President of SAC, Chairman of the Pacific Fisheries Management Council, Chairman of the Marine Fisheries Advisory Committee, and served on the Boards of many other organizations, including his local hospital.
Survived by his six children, three sons and three daughters, and 15 grandchildren, the sad news of his passing was announced on Facebook by his daughter, Donna Kalez, chief operating officer of Dana Wharf Sportfishing and Whale Watching.
“Words cannot express the sadness we feel – we will miss him every single day,” Kalez wrote in the post. “We are so thankful that we were able to celebrate Thanksgiving and Christmas of 2021 with him. He made it to the New Year and celebrated by watching his team, the Rams, win!”
Hansen’s sportfishing industry career stretched over more than eight decades. During that time, he touched the lives of thousands of anglers and members of the sportfishing community worldwide!
Don Hansen’s son, Dave, and the president of SAC, Ken Franke, will be on the “Let’s Talk Hookup Show” on Sunday, January 23, 2022, from 7 – 9 a.m. on Mighty 690.
Call in line – 213-432-1090
The date and place of the Memorial Service will be posted when available.