JOBIT: Hanrahan, Donald P. [MC1959 RIP] 2019-Feb-27


Donald P. Hanrahan

Indian Wells – Donald P. Hanrahan, of Indian Wells, passed away on February 27, 2019.

He was born in New York City, December 21, 1937 to William and Margaret V. Hanrahan (Nee Hodge). He was the second of four boys, and together with his brothers was raised in Cambria Heights, Long Island. He was educated at St. Boniface in Elmont, Long Island, Bishop Loughlin High School in Brooklyn, N.Y., and Manhattan College in Riverdale, N.Y., where he graduated with a bachelors in electrical engineering in 1959.

Upon graduation he worked for Hazeltine Corporation in Garden City, Floral Park and Greenlawn, Long Island, and simultaneously attended Hofstra University and Adelphi University. At Hazeltine Don designed many projects for NASA, including the design of the electronics control system for the ” moon buggy”, the Lunar Rover used on Apollo 15 (A test model of the Lunar Rover is on display in the National Air and Space Museum). He was responsible for the electronic design of the display system for the FAA air traffic control system, the Mariner C Solar Plasma detector on its journey to Mars, the Identification system for the SAM – D Missile system. Don did research in high-speed digital logic, as well as many other interesting projects.

Shortly after college, Don bought a house at candlewood Lake, Connecticut, where he met many people who remained lifelong friends. Don loved waterskiing, sailing, buzzing around in his beloved speedboat, and just being at the lake, year round weekends while living in New York and working at Hazeltine. He was president of the board of directors of Candlewood Knolls Community in New Fairfield, Connecticut, after having served on its board for several years. For many years he still loved returning to Candlewood Knolls to visit his good friends there.

In 1975 Don Met Jean Rolland, and Don moved from the East Coast to be with Jean in Laguna Beach. Before finally settling in Laguna Hills and Indian Wells, together they bought/built four new homes. Don went to work for Ford Aerospace in Newport Beach, where he designed missile electronics on many programs, for the Air Force, Navy and US Army including the design of support equipment for these systems.

After retirement in of 1992, Don became a full time resident of Indian Wells, where he and Jean enjoyed their many good friends. After serving several years on the Board of Directors of the Rancho Palmeras Property Owners Association, Don then served as President for 11 years and was honored to be Chairman Emeritus. He was also on the Board of Directors for the Log Cabin Republicans, and he enjoyed active membership in Prime Timers of the Desert, the Laguna Beach Festival of Arts Pageant of the Masters, Great Autos of Yesteryear, and the Roll-Royce Owners Club.

Don and Jean traveled wide and often, visiting all of the continents (except Antarctica (too cold) and more than 120 countries, making many friends all along the way. Jean and Don became Domestic Partners in May 2000 and were married in June of 2008. He truly loved and enjoyed his friends and relatives, and we will remember him always.

Don was pre-deceased by his father, Bill, his mother Peggy, and his brother Bill (Red). He is survived by his life partner and spouse Rolland Gosselin (aka Jean Rolland), of Indian Wells, and his brother Thomas of Pine Lake, Wayne, New Jersey and Patrick of Lynwood, Washington, and Nieces Kathleen, Erin, Colleen, Christine, and Keri, and nephews Raymond, Kevin, Michael and Christopher.

Services will be at Forest Lawn Cathedral City, 69855 East Ramon Road, Cathedral City, CA 92234. Visitation will be from 3:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. in the Ramon Chapel on March 10, 2019 and a Funeral Service at 9:00 am in the Ramon Chapel on March 11, 2019. Interment will follow at Ascension Cemetery, 24754 Trabuco Road, Lake Forest, CA 92630

Published in The Desert Sun from Mar. 6 to Mar. 7, 2019


Hanrahan, Donald P. [MC1959 RIP]

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