Marshall W. Hansen

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Marshall W. Hansen

A celebration of life and memory service for Marshall Hansen, 87 year old Buffalo resident who passed away Sunday at the Amie Holt Care Center in Buffalo will be held in the Amie Holt Care Center on Thursday, May 8th at 2:00. A private family interment will be in Willow Grove Cemetery. Donations in Mr. Hansen’s name may be made to the Amie Holt Care Center in care of the Harness Funeral Home, who are in charge of arrangements.
Marshall Winchester Hansen was born on February 20, 1927 at the site of the old power plant just west of Buffalo, to Martin C. and Ruby Hansen. He attended schools in Buffalo and joined the U.S. Navy in the spring of 1945. Following boot camp in San Diego he was assigned to the USS New York (BB34) at Pearl Harbor and later served at a communication activity on Guam. Following an honorable discharge he returned to Buffalo and worked at various jobs including the BLM, the Power Co. and the Bureau of Reclamation. He attended the University of New Mexico for one semester and in the spring of 1948 he enrolled at the University of Wyoming. He was married in 1949 to Beverly Reid in Buffalo and during the next three years he alternated between continuing his education at Wyoming and working various jobs with the Bureau of Reclamation. He received a BS Degree in Geology in December of 1952 from the University of Wyoming. His first job out of college was working in West Texas as a well site geologist for a Dallas based mud logging company. In the fall of 1953 he was employed by Getty Oil Company which was Tidewater Oil at the time, in Casper where he sat exploratory (wildcat) wells and did surface and subsurface geologic mapping in the various basins of Wyoming, Montana and Colorado.
In 1955 he was transferred to Ankara, Turkey where his activities involved oil exploration in both the European and Asian sectors of Turkey. The highlight of the Turkey venture was meeting his wife Pat who was employed by the Dept. of State in Ankara at the time. They were married in the fall of 1961. In 1962 Marshall was transferred to the home office of Getty Oil in Los Angeles. His assignment there still involved international activities, primarily the Persian Gulf and in 1964 he was transferred to the Kuwait-Saudi Arabia Neutral Zone where he was involved with both oil exploration and production development activities. In 1969 they returned to Los Angeles where he was involved for the most part with the acquisition of North Sea acreage which resulted in the discovery of two large oil fields offshore Scotland. In 1972 he was assigned to Lima as General Manager of Getty’s Peruvian operation. In 1976 Marshall returned to Los Angeles where he was promoted to Exploration Manager of Getty’s International Division. The next six years were consumed with extensive travel to numerous countries. But in all of his travels he frequently noted that he had found no place in this world that could compare with Buffalo, Wyoming. So, near the end of 1982 he said goodbye to Getty Oil after almost thirty years and retired to Buffalo. During his retirement he enjoyed hunting, fishing, and hiking the foothills of the Big Horns, which very early sparked his interest in geology. Computers, the internet, photography and reading filled any spare time. He was a long time member of the American Association of Petroleum Geologists.
He is survived by his wife Pat of Buffalo; one daughter, Janice Bate and her husband Robert of Albuquerque, New Mexico and one niece, Karen Walker of Buffalo. He was preceded in death by his parents, one sister Shirley Walker and one niece, Beth Walker of Alexandria, Virginia.