Justin was born April 16, 1984, in Logan, Utah, to Robert and Laureen Hansen. Justin is survived by his parents and three siblings, Christopher, Mia, and Brandon.
Justin joined the Marine Corps while still in high school and, upon graduation from basic training, was assigned to Camp Pendleton, California, as an infantryman. Justin was deployed to the border of Iraq and was among the first troops to invade Iraq. He worked as a gunner, manning a 50-caliber machine gun on an armored vehicle. After completing his service to his country, Justin returned home and took a job as an equipment operator at Kimberly Clark.
Justin’s grandfather, Lavel Davis, often said Alaska was heaven. This idea must run in the family, as both Justin and his older brother, Chris, ended up living there. Justin lived in Alaska for nine years and rented a room in his brother Chris’s home for much of that time. He was close to Chris’s three children, and the family often joked that he was the third parent in the home.
Justin and Chris both joined the Central Mat-Su Fire Department and attended the same fire academy. Justin went on to become certified as a State of Alaska Firefighter 1 & 2, rescue technician, ice rescue technician, State of Alaska emergency medical technician, and State of Alaska fire apparatus driver/operator (engineer).
Justin also continued his formal education, obtaining a bachelor’s degree in geology from the University of Alaska in February of 2020. After completing his degree, he worked on a remote drilling rig in the interior of Alaska that following summer. He often spoke of going on to get his master’s degree in geology and getting a job working with an Alaskan oil company.
Throughout his time in Alaska, Justin remained an active and vital member of the Central Mat-Su Fire Department, where he loved helping the community and the members of the department, his second family.
Justin had a deep love for knifemaking, firearms, history, and geology. He was often a man of silence but found his comfort zone and true friends in the fire department. Justin was a loving son, brother, uncle, and an excellent firefighter.
He will be greatly missed and never forgotten!