John A. Hance, 48, of Queen Creek, Az. entered into eternity on September 26, 2015 after being involved in a motorcycle accident.
John was born January 10, 1967 in San Jose California, to Gary and Rita Imler-Hance. John grew up in Phoenix and graduated from Deer Valley High School in Glendale. After high school John served his country for 8 years in the Army, during that time he fought in Desert Storm. After the military, John continued on as an advocate for all veterans.
In 2001 John met Paula Olinger-Hand and in 2003 they were married in Galena IL. John and Paula had many favorite songs but two favorites were, Kenny Chesney’s, “You Had Me From Hello” and George Strait’s, “I Cross My Heart.”
John was an accomplished author of the book called “Chaos, Confusion and Political Ignorance” published in 2014. He was also an American World History buff and loved correlating history along with the Old Testament. Two of John’s favorite Bible verses were “Ecclesiastes 10:2” and “John 14:6.”
John was active in his church and loved the friends he had made through Calvary Men’s Bible Study group and he even baptized his daughter Sophia on September 20, 2015.
John was an avid NASCAR fan and loved going to Phoenix International Raceway. His favorite driver was #88-Dale Earnhardt Jr. John also enjoyed football and baseball. In the Army John played rugby and was known as “Psycho,” he even participated in bull riding and was able to hold on for eight seconds.
Hobbies were a must for John. He had a workshop in the garage where he enjoyed building projects. John also loved to make from scratch his “famous” spaghetti. John would order spaghetti from restaurants and then comment “It wasn’t as good as mine.” We also don’t want to forget how he would complement his dinner with Mountain Dew.
John was very sociable and a self-navigator, he knew his way around wherever he was. He always made light of situations, and loved teasing his children and grandchildren; playing with them and making them laugh.
John is survived by his wife, Paula, daughter, Sophia, and children from a previous relationship, Jessica and Joshua, step children, Erin, Emily and Jacob, grandchildren, Olivia, Cassius, Kloie and Peyton, siblings, Ronnie, Bobby, Tonya and Tracy, stepbrother, Chris Anstead, and stepparents, Jim and Deb Anstead and his father, Gary Gordon Hance.
John was preceded in death by his mother, Rita Imler-Hance.
The Funeral Service with Military Honors for Mr. John A. Hance will be at 10:30 am, Tuesday, October 6, 2015 at the National Memorial Cemetery of Arizona, in Phoenix.
The Celebration of life for Mr. John A. Hance will be at 11:00 am, Thursday, October 8, 2015 at Calvary Church of Queen Creek Az.
San Tan Mountain View Funeral Home, 21809 S. Ellsworth Rd., Queen Creek, AZ 85142
“Is Providing Excellent Care”