Jennings Marvin Hanseth
Jennings Marvin Hanseth
Oct. 13, 1919 – Jan. 5, 2018
The son of Norwegian immigrants, Jennings Marvin Hanseth was born in Seattle on Oct. 13, 1919, to Olaf Hanseth and Britha Haugan. Britha travelled by steamship for the birth from Petersburg, Alaska, where Olaf owned a logging ompany.
Jennings was raised near Petersburg Bay in Kupreanof, Alaska, until the age of 10, at which time the family moved to Ballard. By then Jennings had a love of boating and fishing to which he and his brother Sig were devoted all their lives. After graduating from Ballard HS, Jennings commenced studies at the University of Washington, paying for college with work as a commercial fisherman in Alaska and the Pacific Northwest coastline.
In his sophomore year, World War II commenced and he enlisted in the Navy. He graduated as a Naval aviator from the USNAS Corpus Christi in Jan.,1943 and joined an Atlantic carrier group based in Norfolk, Virginia. Jennings flew anti-submarine bombers with three carrier groups and recorded 130 landings; 30 of which were at night. When asked for his favorite WWII story, he would joke “I got back,” as compared to many of his fellow WW II aviators.
After the war ended in 1945, Jennings completed his Bachelor of Arts in Economics and Business at the University of Washington and married Nancy Bushnell, daughter of Emily Liggett Hall and Sherman Ward Bushnell, on Aug. 26, 1947. Jennings was accepted to the Harvard Business School, from which he graduated with a MBA in 1949. He and Nancy moved from Boston to Broadview, where they raised their three children, Karen, Jay and Jo Anne. He lived there until his death on January 5, 2018. Nancy preceded Jennings in death May 24, 2017.
Jennings had a long career in commercial real estate and was the Executive Vice President of the Henry Broderick Company. He was a member of the American Institute of Real Estate Appraisers (MAI), and he had a distinguished career in downtown Seattle commercial real estate,representing national clients such as JCPenny and Sears Roebuck Company and many local banks. He was very active in Toastmasters.
Jennings and Nancy began renting at the Thompson cabins on Sunlight Beach in 1957, where they developed lifelong relationships with other families. In 1960, four of those families selected four buildable lots still remaining on Sunlight Beach, and in 1962, Jennings and Nancy completed their summer home, which became the center of their enjoyment, and continues to this day for their entire extended family.
Jennings and Nancy were members of Luther Memorial Church in Seattle, the Rainier Club, the Seattle Golf Club, the Desert Island GCC, and the Useless Bay GCC. The loved international travel, particularly boating and fishing trips in British Columbia. They passed on their passions for boating, fishing, hunting and golfing to their entire family, including six grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren. The family is forever indebted to Jennings for his integrity, generosity, faith, support of his community, reputation and high standards of excellence.
A Celebration of life will be held on Sunday, May 27th, 2018 at the Useless Bay Golf and Country Club, from 4-6 p.m., hosted by Karen ( Doug) Leland, Jay (Paulette Peterson) and Jo Anne. Guests are welcome.