ASTORIA - John "Frank" Hanstad, age 56, died Sunday, May 23 at Columbia Memorial Hospital in Astoria. Born May 26, 1953, in Seattle, he was the son of Walter H. Hanstad and Cleo C. (Binkerd) Hanstad.
He and Catherine A. Cropper were married on July 5, 1986. During their marriage he helped raise three children, was a professional chef, got his bachelor's degree in paralegal services and made the best of every day. His favorite life quotes were, "A life unexamined is not worth living" and "If a man will eat, let him work."
He enjoyed his morning coffee at Long Beach Coffee Roasters, long walks on the boardwalk, fishing, hiking, swimming, cooking, reading, spending time with his seven grandchildren and just being a dad. He was very into his Seattle Seahawks, current events and enjoyed daily crossword puzzles.
Mr. Hanstad is survived by his children: stepson, Eddie (Nina) Dollman of Sarasota, Fla., daughter Christina Hanstad of Long Beach and stepdaughter Pamela Collyard of Hibbing, Minn.; grandchildren, Madison, Trinity, Kaden and Micah Dollman of Sarasota, Fla., and Sly Allen, Alexandria and Hunter of Long Beach; two sisters, Carol E Sansone of Manteca, Calif., and Katherine "Fay" Geddes of Henderson, Nev. His wife Catherine died in 2003 and his mother in 2005.
Ocean View Cremation and Burial Service of Astoria is in charge of arrangements. A memorial gathering will be held at a later date.