Obituary: Keith Clay Hansen, 87

Keith Clay Hansen of Princeton died peacefully at Enloe Hospital in Chico on Wednesday, Feb. 8, 2023. He was born at home in Princeton to Henry and Ellen Hansen on June 17, 1935, where he grew up with his three siblings and graduated high school.

He married Nancy Goulart in 1955. They had four children: Robyn, K.C., Linda and Marcia.

Keith and Nancy eventually divorced, and he later married Marilyn Baker. They too divorced and he married Brenda Taylor and in time they divorced as well.

He loved nature, especially watching his crops and livestock grow. He was a lifelong rice farmer and later diversified into growing pistachios and walnuts.

Throughout the years, he raised a variety of animals, including breeding and market hogs, sheep, goats, rabbits, chickens, turkeys, peacocks, ostriches, pheasants, chukar and quail.

He was an avid sportsman and ran the Hansen Pheasant Club and Sports in Princeton for over 25 years. He had a sense of humor, was a prankster, and always loved a good joke.

He had many interests, including restoring antique cars and trucks, and collecting antiques and Native American artifacts. He actively supported local politicians through donations and by supporting them in Washington, D.C.

He served as Glenn County District 5 Supervisor from 1973-1985 and again from 1993-2008. He served on many other boards and committees as well, including First 5 of California; California Waterfowl Association; Colusa Basin Drainage Distinct (chairman); Glenn County Fair Board; California Department of Fish and Game Board; Glenn Growers; and the Princeton Unified School Board.

He was a big supporter of Glenn County 4-H and FFA, and Glenn Medical Center.

He is survived by his daughters, Robyn Stearns of Princeton and Linda Hansen of Sacramento; daughter-in-law Karen Hansen of Willows; grandchildren and great-grandchildren Samantha (Brandon) Brown and children, Hayley and Aiden; Daniel Conway and children Ryan, Claire, Abby and Vivian; Trevor Deadmond; Matthew Deadmond and his sons, Cohen and Mason; Jason Hansen; Jacob Smock; Jordan Stearns; Tana Hansen and her son Scott; Devin Conn; Alexis Conn; and Veronica Conn; caregiver, Jeri Moore; brother Galen (Maureen) Hansen of San Diego; and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents; stepfather Waldo Hamann; sister Carolyn Giesbrecht; brother Larry Hansen; son K.C. Hansen; daughter, Marcia Hansen; granddaughter, Natalie Hansen-Smock; and his beloved chocolate Lab, Coco.

A celebration of his life is planned for 11 a.m. on Thursday, March 2, at the Willow’s Elks Lodge, located at 150 South Shasta Street, Willows, followed by a barbecue luncheon. Private interment is to take place at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that any donations be made to a charity of one’s choice in Keith’s memory. F.D. Sweet and Son is overseeing the funeral arrangements.