James David Hann Obituary – The Arizona Republic

James David Hann was born on July 7, 1931 to James Berry and Mary Jane Hann. His early years were spent in Overland Park, Kansas and Bailey, Colorado. He was a child of the Depression era, an event that would mark him throughout his life. He attended and graduated from Shawnee – Mission High School in Mission, Kansas. He enrolled and earned an electrical engineering degree from the University of Minnesota through the Naval ROTC program. He met and married Leigh Allison in 1954, beginning a lifelong love affair producing 4 sons: Peter (Megan), Jim (Julia), Andrew (Deborah) and Jonathan and eventually 10 grandchildren: Callie (Rhett), Emily (Milam), Cullen, Jennifer, Haley (James), Andrea (Justin), Mallory, Kimberly (Charlie), Connor (Emily), Caitlyn and 2 great-grandchildren: Whit and Wells. He was married to Leigh for 65 years until his death in 2019. James David Hann (David) was a pioneer in the information technology industry. He was honorably discharged from the Navy in 1956 and was recruited by General Electric to attend the Advanced Engineering Program at Schenectady, NY. This state-of-the-art computer training program from General Electric produced many leaders in the information technology industry over the next 30 years. After graduating from this course, he moved his family to Phoenix, Arizona, where he worked for General Electric and Honeywell until the early 1970s. In 1971, he was recruited by Courier Terminal Systems to be their vice president of engineering. Within a year, he was promoted to president of the company and led one of the fastest growing 3270 terminal companies in the United States. He continued his career in Northern Virginia as Chairman and CEO of GTE Telenet, a packet-switched network company that provided the first commercial email service in the United States and was the predecessor to the public internet today. He has earned an industry-wide reputation for making innovative information technology companies profitable. He left the corporate world to retire to Paradise Valley in the late 1980s, to become involved in civic duties in the city and was elected mayor of Paradise Valley in 1992. He worked tirelessly to involve citizens in city activities and spearheaded many initiatives, such as the burying of power lines, which residents benefit from today. David and Leigh then became world travelers, visiting all of the Americas, North, South and Central in addition to Europe, the Far East and Africa. In the end, they settled on winters in Arizona and summers in Colorado, where he maintained cabins that had been in the family since the mid-1930s. His greatest joy was his family. He worked tirelessly to organize vacations and family reunions. Her happiest times were Thanksgiving and Christmas with the whole family. A celebration of life ceremony will take place in early January 2023. Please direct your donations to the Desert Botanical Garden or plant a tree in his memory.

Posted on September 28, 2022

Posted in The Arizona Republic