Richard Arnold Hahn Jr.
Happy Camp resident Richard Arnold Hahn Jr. Pig Pen, 61, died March 30, 2014, doing what he enjoyed the most...cutting firewood. The tree he felled kicked back and instantly took him from us. His wife and daughter were present, his passing was not alone.
Richard was born October 24, 1952, in Yreka, Calif., to Richard and Yvonne Hahn. He graduated in 1970 from Happy Camp High School and moved to Redding, Calif., where he worked for Dr. Chambers in what was then called Central Valley as an insurance billing clerk. He returned to Happy Camp when he married his high school sweetheart, Judy Lawson, May 27, 1972. He was employed by the local sawmill starting as an entry-level worker (sticker picker) and had risen to lumber grader/quality control when it closed 20 years later. Afterward he spent two years commuting from Happy Camp to Yreka where he was employed at High Ridge Lumber Company as a grader until it also closed. Finally he settled in as the facility maintenance and groundskeeper at Happy Camp Union Elementary School District where he also served as CSEA Union President. He was looking forward to his retirement in October of this year.
During this same time period he co-founded and served as National President of the State of Jefferson Brotherhood Motorcycle Club where the five founding members of the Happy Camp Chapter swelled to cover an undisclosed total number of members in over five states and an equal if not greater number of supporters. Richard took great pride in the club and its motto...One More Wont Hurt!
First and foremost Richard was the beloved husband of Judy for nearly 42 years, a devoted father of two, and a loving grandfather of seven. Being a husband, father, and grandfather was an undertaking he took seriously and which gave him immense joy and pleasure.
Richard is survived by his mother, Yvonne Hahn, of Montague, Calif.; sister, Deanna Fisher, of Olympia, Wash.; brother and sister-in-law, Ken and Shelby Hahn of Tigard, Ore.; sister and brother-in-law, Kim Seago and Eric Petersen, of Mt. Shasta, Calif.; daughter, Christina Hahn-Robinson, of Happy Camp; son and daughter-in-law, Richard Lee and Carmynne Hahn of Happy Camp; and grandchildren, Audra, Christian, and Luke Robinson and Brad, Keelan, Tyler, and Savannah Hahn; plus many aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and lifelong friends who know who they are. Last but not least, his precious puppies, Mongo and Puddle.
His memorial service will be held Saturday, April 5, 2014, at 11:00 a.m., in the Happy Camp High School Gymnasium. Following the service, a gathering for all who wish to attend will be held at the Happy Camp Grange Hall.
Proceedings are being handled by family and friends with SOJB MC Chaplin Greg Maloney officiating.