Small College Football’s Don Hansen Passes Away

Don Hansen

July 6, 1935 – August 29, 2010

Don Hansen

Don Hansen

Donald M. Hansen, 75, of Brookfield, IL, was born July 6th, 1935 and died Sunday, August 29th, 2010. Don was the proud dad of Teresa (Jeff) Earl, Donna (Ken) Steger, Dave (Deb) Hansen and Dan (Tiffany) Hansen. He was the cherished Grandpa of Jeshua Hansen, Beth Cortez and Katherine Klomp; Jamin, Jared, Leah, Lydia and Kayla Steger; Stephanie, Danielle and Nathan Hansen; and Cassidy, Faith and Brooke Hansen. He was also the Great-Grandpa of Manuel Hansen, Jeshua Hansen Jr.; Lillian Klomp; and Jewel Steger.  Don is also survived by his younger brother David Hansen.

Don was a pioneer in covering small college football and was recognized as the expert. He started and published “Don Hansen’s National Weekly Football Gazette.” He served on several Award Committees related to College Football; such as the NCAA Division II Hall of Fame Committee, Melberger Award Selection Committee, the John Gagliardi Award selection committee, Rimington Trophy, and Sports Information Directors of America. He is listed in many Who’s Who marquees such as Who’s Who in America, The World and The Media.  Don also published articles in several professional publications such as: USA Today, Sports Illustrated, and Football News.  His polls and All-America teams have been published all over the Nation. Don credits his interest in small college football to his Uncle Tom Bourgart who first asked him to tag along in the 50’s.  They have seen and covered hundreds of college football games over the past 50 years.

In his colorful life he spent many years in children’s homes, foster homes, and orphanages starting at age 6.  He enlisted in the Navy, lived in Mexico for a short while, and throughout the Midwest including St. Louis and Kansas, MO, Racine, WI and Oak Park, IL, calling the Chicago Suburbs his home since the 70’s.  He called Ajo, Arizona his adopted city and credits the short time there, as a young teenager, with building confidence in himself and inspiring him to do more. Hansen didn’t finish High School and at 21 years old decided to study to complete his GED while working at a Nursing Home.  He received an Associate Degree in Accounting and worked for the Scott Peterson Meat Company in Chicago for 21 years.  You can read more about Don from the bio he wrote

Don will be missed by his children, grand-children and great grand-children.

Services will be held Friday September 3, 2010 Noon – 2 p.m.
Oak Brook Community Church
3100 Midwest Road
Oak Brook, IL 60523

Burial will follow at 2:30pm at Arlington Cemetery in Elmhurst, IL

Psalm 23

A psalm of David.

1 The LORD is my shepherd, I shall not be in want.

2 He makes me lie down in green pastures,
he leads me beside quiet waters,

3 he restores my soul.
He guides me in paths of righteousness
for his name’s sake.

4 Even though I walk
through the valley of the shadow of death, [a]
I will fear no evil,
for you are with me;
your rod and your staff,
they comfort me.

5 You prepare a table before me
in the presence of my enemies.
You anoint my head with oil;
my cup overflows.

6 Surely goodness and love will follow me
all the days of my life,
and I will dwell in the house of the LORD


13 Responses to “Small College Football’s Don Hansen Passes Away”

  1. candice harkness says:

    thankyou for sharing ,,,,soo sorry for your loss.

  2. admin-dave says:

    For all of the SIDs and the All-America Committee teams. Please contact me, so we can make arrangements to talk about going forward.

    Dave Hansen

  3. I remember when Hofstra was a D-III school, back in the days when I was a student. Seeing where we ranked in “The Hansen Poll” was a weekly ritual. His knowledge of college football, especially in the pre-internet days of covering sports, was unparalleled. Please accept my condolences on your loss.

  4. Great post about a great man. Glad you could share.

  5. deandre harrison says:

    I dont know him personally, but he elected me to one of his all-region teams back in 2005. sorry for your loss. i just wanted to thank him for electing me. GOD BLESS

  6. Charles Jordan says:

    You father has given the public knowledge of alot HBCU players throughout the nation via his All America Teams.

  7. Condolences to the family. Don Hansen did a lot for college athletics and will be missed.

  8. Clay Beeler says:

    I was priviledged to be honored as 2 time All american on Mr Hansen Football Gazette, it is the greatest honor I have ever recieved , I wish that I could have met you, as I finish my career I will always remember you and the mark you made on me as a young Man.

    Clay Beeler
    West Liberty University

  9. Wanda says:

    I’m saddened to hear of Don’s passing. I got to know him as an online friend playing pinochle when I lived in Mexico 10 years ago. He told me tales about Ajo & we almost met up there at a bluegrass festival he raved about. My condolences to his family.

    • Dave says:

      Thanks for the comments Wanda. My dad really enjoyed playing pinochle with you. I definitely know who you are and thank you for the enjoyment you helped my dad have. He was a great card player wasn’t he?

  10. Alex says:

    He will always be remembered.


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