He was born July 4, 1943 in Roseburg to Leonard and Irene Hannon. He spent most of his life in Ashland.
Mr. Hannon spent 30 years of service in the Oregon State Senate and six years in the Oregon National Guard. He was first elected in 1974.
He spent many years working for the City of Ashland street department and later was an independent insurance agent. After retiring from the Senate in 2004, he was appointed by the governor to the Board of Parole and Post Prison Supervision, serving until 2006. He was a valued member of the Masonic Lodge, Elks, Lions and Hillah Shrine. He also served on the board of governors for Shriner’s Hospital in Portland, in addition to numerous local boards and commissions.
Mr. Hannon grew up in a deeply religious, Christ centered home. His father spent three years as pastor of a small Nazarene Church in Ivanhoe, Calif. Mr. Hannon went public with a private struggle with alcohol addiction. This public confession led many others to admit their own struggle and helped them obtain help. His family expressed their deep appreciation to Patrick Doyle, who, through God’s leading, provided successful alcohol treatment counseling, given Mr. Hannon a “second chance” to live.
He is survived by his wife, Dixie, a devoted wife of 44 years; five children; Michelle Pope (John), Patrick Hannon (Kara), Rebecca Hannon (Steve Buck), Rachel Stapleton (Jared) and Kathleen Korth (James), 12 grandchildren, and a brother, Leroy Hannon (Winnie).
A celebration of life will be held at Southern Oregon University Lenn and Dixie Hannon Library on May 8 at 1 p.m. and on the state Capitol grounds in Salem on May 26 at 3 p.m.
In lieu of flowers, it was Mr. Hannon’s wish to give to Portland Shriner’s Hospital, 3101 SW Sam Jackson Park Rd., Portland, OR 97239, to Willamette Valley Hospice, 1015 3rd St. NW, Salem, OR 97304 or to the Lenn and Dixie Hannon Library, 1250 Siskiyou Blvd., Ashland, OR 97520.