For those of you that have been with H-11 for some time you probably already know the meaning behind our name. The “H” is for Hansen, the “11” is for the 11 children of Ray Hansen. Our family-owned company was started right here in Salt Lake City, UT in 2006.
We want to take a moment to share with you that on Friday night, our beloved father, Ray Richard Hansen rejoined his wife Veloy who preceded him in death.
Born June 18, 1934 in Huntington Park, California to Harvey Ralph Hansen and Edna Violet Gulbrandsen. Ray was the second of two children. Ray grew up in California where he attended Dorsey High School and was Student Body President of the Association of all high schools in California. He served an LDS mission in New England.
Ray graduated with a Degree in Mathematics from Brigham Young University where he met the love of his life, Veloy Washburn. Ray and Veloy were married in the Salt Lake Temple on June 13, 1957. They enjoyed 55 years of marriage together and had eleven children.
Ray had many computer related jobs starting with his work in the US Air Force as a computer programmer at the Strategic Air Command, later he worked at JPL NASA space program, then first LDS Computer Center, to eventually owning several computer companies. Ray was also a loyal BYU Cougar fan and a lifelong patron of Ballet West.
Ray loved The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. From his youth in his beloved Arlington ward and throughout his life, he served in many church callings, most recently as the Herriman Stake Patriarch. Ray and Veloy loved the temple. They decided early in their marriage to go to the temple every week. Fulfilling this goal led to many great adventures as they traveled the world to visit as many temples as they could. Together they visited 83 temples. Ray would eventually visit 158 of the current 159 LDS temples. He has visited more temples than anyone – a record he was very proud of.
Good bye Dad… hugs to Mom, Grandma Wasel, Dona, Grandma Honey, Grandpas Harvey, and Alvin, and to all the wonderful other relatives that we love, miss, and hope to see one day!