Jeff and Karen Hansen are honored and proud to be asked to be the grand marshals of the Centerfield 24th of July parade.
Their roots in Centerfield run deep with many family members from both the Hansen family and the Allred family.
They were married on September 17, 1971 and moved to Sandy for a short time where Jeff started his career in drywall and Karen worked as a secretary.
As soon as work was available in the Sanpete area, they returned home to Centerfield where they built their house. It has been their home ever since.
They always wanted to raise their family in a small community and say there is no place like home.
Jeff started his own company, J&M Drywall, and worked in drywall for many years. Karen was a stay-at-home mom volunteering at the elementary school and serving in the PTA.
They both have held many positions in church, with Jeff serving alongside many great men in Boy Scouts, as Elders Quorum president and High Priest group leader. Karen worked with faithful sisters in Cub Scouts, Primary, Young Women’s and Relief Society.
Jeff has served on the Centerfield Town Council and Karen taught school for 27 years in the South Sanpete School District, spending most of those years at Gunnison Middle School.
Jeff also spent several summers working for the U.S. Forest Service. During that time he worked on creating the Arapeen ATV trail system.
They are most proud of their four sons and 12 grandchildren: Matthew (Kami) Hansen with children Wyatt, Brayden and Jack; Adam (Brooke) Han- sen with children Michael and Caden; Joshua (Natalie) Hansen with children MKinsey, McKye and Ellah; and Jona- than (Cherish) Hansen with children JaKayla, Linsi, Addison and Macie.
They say through ups and downs, thick and thin, wet years and dry ones, Centerfield has been and will be the best place for them and their family, offering peace, tranquility, great people, true friends, safety and security.
The Hansens say they have been given much and truly love their community.