Malcom “Mac” Hanks passed away on June 11, 2022, with his loving children at his side. Mac was born on April 19, 1926, in Doty, Washington. He was primarily raised by his mother as his father was killed in a logging accident when Mac was two years old. He went to school in Pe Ell, Washington ,where he met and married his high school sweetheart, Lois Guay. They were happily married for 64 years until Lois passed in 2008.

Mac was drafted into the US Army in September of 1945 as a Private E1. Upon his return from duty, he worked in the woods learning various logging skills. In 1954 he and his brother moved to Northern California forming Hanks and Hanks logging. Many long hours and manual labor were constant with this occupation, but they loved and took pride in their work. Mac had a love for sports and played local recreational ball in his younger years. He loved watching his son, grandsons, great grandsons, and great granddaughters play ball. There was always a game of some sport on his television at any given time of day. He would often watch games from years past and say, “Hell I can’t remember, they’re all new to me!”

In recent years he enjoyed going to the McKinleyville Senior Center to play Pinochle. He had many good friends in his Pinochle family. Mac was known for not having a filter on what he would say to his partner or players in general, but he was loved for his gruff but gentle personality. He also loved treating his family and friends to meals. It did not matter the meal; he was ready to go with whoever he could talk into going. Also known for last minute dinner invites, Mac would call his kids at 5:30 asking, “you want to go out for dinner?” And he would never pass up an opportunity to have a margarita; he loved his daily margarita!

Mac is predeceased by and reuniting with the love of his life Lois, his parents, and his seven siblings: Fritz, Floyd, Flossy, Mildred, Alma, Cora, and Ruby. He is survived by his three children, Karen Giacomini (Ron), Pamela Dobbas (Kevin Heinisch), and Fred Hanks (Sandy); seven grandchildren, Kelly Miller (Ross), Becky Schutte (Tom), Matt Giacomini (Cindy) Jennifer Crowson (Jason), Nicole England (Jesse), Freddie Hanks (Audrey), and Alicia Smith (Lawrence Dwight); 19 great grandchildren, Gavin Miller (Kaitlyn), Lucas Miller, Jennelle Crnich, Brian Schuette (Bella), Brad Schuette, Jesse Slade (Peyton), Jacob Rojeski , Courtney Barbee (Eric), Tim Phillips (Kristen), Grace Kilday, Zachery Crowson, Brendon Crowson, Olivia England, Tucker England, Cody Hanks, Tyler Hanks, Justin Smith, Brady Smith, and Maci Smith; and eight great-great grandchildren, Sadie, Ryleigh, Jaxson, Gracelynn, Holden, Scarlet, Cora and Jag.

He was a gentle giant and will be missed by many; we are blessed to have him in our lives. Thank you to Hospice of Humboldt for the love and support during this process; we are forever grateful. For those who wish to remember Mac in a special way may make gifts in his memory to: Hospice of Humboldt, 3327 Timberfall Court, Eureka, Calif., 95503.


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