June 23, 1948 – December 9, 2020
Farmer. Neighbour. Uncle. Brother. Son.
Martin immigrated to Canada as a little boy in 1954 from Denmark, and the family settled on a farm in the Sylvan Lake area. Years later, as young adults, Martin & his brother Jack bought their first farm together in the Bentley area (Forshee) in the early 1970s. After a time the brothers created their own separate farms, but remained close throughout the years. Uncle Martin was a big part of Jack’s family’s life and continued to this day.
A talented farmer, an eccentric neighbor, a beloved uncle, brother & son. A keen mind and wit, lively discussion was always on the table when Martin was around. Resistant to the digital age, Martin did finally “give in” when a “smartphone” was a necessary part of starting his new truck. Motivation is everything. Humor was never far from hand either. Denglish, the spoken language of many Danish immigrants was part of family banter and always a guaranteed laugh. Miss an episode of Seinfeld? Martin could help you out! World politics, history, no problem.
But at the core, farming was the backdrop of his life. Early childhood photos of Martin were always with farm animals or out in the middle of a field, and in that regard, little changed over his lifetime.
Survived by his sister Joanne Hansen (Trish Stenson), his brother Jack’s family, Connie Hansen, Warren Hansen (Tricia) & family, Christine Beermann (Nick) & family, Jackie Ann Heck (Gord) & family, and Lisa Jo Heck (Ryan) & family, and brother Soren’s family, Dana Hansen (Morten Pedersen), and Kylene Heykants (Adam). Martin was predeceased by his brothers Soren Hansen and Jack Hansen, father Kaj Hansen, mother Valborg Hansen, and step-mother Erna Christensen.
We are all the sum of our relationships with each other. Do you have a story to tell about Martin? Please post on the website of Wilson’s Funeral Chapel https://www.wilsonsfuneralchapel.ca/.
Due to Covid-19 restrictions, no service will be held at this time. A celebration of life will be held at a future date.
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