Hansel (Hank) Lewis Burns, age 91, of Atascadero died at home on Feb. 26, 2018. Though diagnosed in 2013 with esophageal cancer, it had remained inactive after treatment until the past few months.
Hank was born on Nov. 4, 1926 in Union County, Ga. and grew up in Blairsville, Ga. on the family farm with his parents and six siblings. After serving in the US Army, he moved to Taft in his early twenties. It was there he met Jean Filer, who was working at the local mercantile. Hank and Jean married on New Year’s Eve, 1949, celebrating their 68th anniversary this past December.
Hank and Jean had three children, Steve (who preceded Hank in death in 2009 from a brain tumor), Margie and Gail, who are both married and living in Templeton. Hank and Jean have seven grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren (with number nine due in August!).
Hank worked in the oil fields while in Taft, eventually moving into the electrician apprenticeship program. After 12 years, they moved to the Bay Area where Hank worked as an electrician/lineman for the city of Santa Clara. He and Jean moved to the Central Coast in 1980, where he finished his electrical career of 35 years at Diablo Canyon Power Plant.
Hank enjoyed spending time with his family, golfing, gardening, traveling and puttering around his home. One of his favorite past-times was a good game of cribbage with family or friends. Hank has been a member of Atascadero Bible Church since 1990, where he enjoyed the active senior group and frequently volunteered his electrical abilities.
There will be a celebration of Hank’s life on Saturday, March 10 at 2 p.m. at Atascadero Bible Church.