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Publication Date: Friday, July 22, 2005

Obituary Obituary (July 22, 2005)

Kenneth A. Hansen

Kenneth A. Hansen, a Mountain View native, martial arts master and family owner of the city's Palm Motel, died July 12 after a 15-month battle with lung cancer. He was 67.

Hansen held the rank of first-degree black belt instructor, and placed 16th in the 1954 Junior World Olympics. He joined the Marine Corps in 1955 and instructed platoons in jujitsu, judo and other forms of hand-to-hand fighting.

Hansen's family described him as an avid dancer who loved to cook and entertain friends with his jokes and colorful stories.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Hospice of the Valley or the American Cancer Society. -- Jenny Baer

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