David Hancock

Dave Hancock

Thursday, July 20th, 1939 - Monday, August 3rd, 2020
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David Hancock, 81, succumbed to pneumonia on Monday, August 3, 2020, while visiting his family in Arlington, Texas.

Dave was born July 20, 1939, in Ft Worth, Texas and was adopted when he was 17 days old by Scott and Thelma Hancock. He lived in Tulsa, Oklahoma, before the family moved to Ponca City in 1953 where he graduated from Ponca City High School in 1957. Dave married Judy Young and they had four children over the next eight years . . . Lisa, Rick, Rusty and Miki. He joined the Air Force in 1957 and served until 1960. He showed his skills early and was assigned as an instructor at Chanute Air Force Base. After his Air Force years, they moved back to Ponca City where he worked at Continental Oil Company in the Computer Department, making many lifelong friends. In 1969, his hard work and ambition were recognized by a vendor, Truett Airhart, who hired Dave to move to Tulsa to establish and run the third office of his newly-formed company, National Micromation.

Dave married Carol Haley in 1970 and son, Greg, was born in December 1971.

As National Micromation grew, the business was merged with a California company and the name was changed to Zytron Corporation. Dave and family moved to Northern California in 1975 and as Executive Vice President, he was instrumental in expanding Zytron to 15 cities across the country. Dave was more than just a boss; his co-workers became his lifelong friends. After work, the good times rolled and even business trips were fun and enjoyable.

By 1994, Dave had left Zytron and later pursued an opportunity to start a new business in Southern California moving from Los Altos to Hermosa Beach. Five years later, a former Zytron employee and friend, Mike Cooper, started his new venture, Xpress Data, Inc. and persuaded Dave to come onboard to help grow the business. Dave spent nearly 20 years as Senior Vice President before failing eyesight forced his retirement in 2017.

Dave was committed to his job and loved going to work every day.

Following retirement, Dave quickly made the transition and enjoyed the additional time spent in their home in Coto de Caza with the view of the golf course and the mountains. Socializing with friends and neighbors became one of his favorite things that he looked forward to doing.

Dave was a man of high integrity, and he possessed a strong moral compass. Those who knew him could feel his strong, genuine caring spirit. He treated everyone he met with respect, and he was genuinely interested to know everyone better. Dave Hancock knew how to make everyone feel important and special, valuing his relationships. He enjoyed creating memorable life experiences and thoroughly enjoyed his career . . . constantly striving for excellence in all avenues of his life. His strength and character were apparent to everyone who knew him, and these characteristics will live on through those that he influenced. #HancockStrong!

For more than 20 years, Dave and Carol owned the International Chili Society, an organization that raised nearly 100 million for various charities. The ideas, inspiration, enthusiasm and passion came from their constant habit of doing absolutely everything together.

Dave and Carol recently celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary and created more incredible memories that were shared by their family and friends. They also enjoyed a 40-year friendship with Willie Nelson and Family. They started as fans, but their interactions led to friendships. Dave and Carol had the privilege of being invited by the band to join them on tour around the country that led to years of amazing trips.

Dave had an affinity for Jack Daniels and was a proud Tennessee Squire. Dave joined his son Greg at the Jack Daniels Distillery for the 125th Anniversary. He also experienced the Kentucky Bourbon Trail with his sons Rick, Rusty and their families where Dave acquired a taste for fine bourbons, but never abandoned his old friend, Jack Daniels.

Dave’s family will hold a private memorial service to celebrate his incredible life that he lived to the fullest. Honor his memory by living your life with the same integrity he displayed every day. Please toast Dave with a glass of Jack, play a Willie Nelson song, tell a story of the good times you shared and remember Dave’s favorite, fun phrase, “FASTER HORSES, YOUNGER WOMEN, OLDER WHISKEY AND MORE MONEY!”

Dave is survived by his wife, Carol; daughter Lisa and husband Rodney; son Rick and his wife, Kim; son Rusty and his wife, Beth; daughter Miki and her husband Scott; son, Greg and his wife, Holly; sister Judy Hoppe and husband Warren; nine grandchildren (Kaleb and wife Darenda; Zachary and wife Candice; Aubrie and husband David; Brooks and wife Anna; Colt, Austin, Mackenzie, Parker, Brady) and four great-grandchildren (Brooklyn, Brody, Cason, Cori).

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that a donation to the Braille Institute be made in Dave’s name. This organization helps those experiencing vision loss and Dave was given access to a free audio book library that he thoroughly enjoyed as it became more difficult for him to read:
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Mike and Bonnie Ford

Posted at 08:45pm
Carol and family - Wishing you peace to bring comfort, courage to face the days ahead and loving memories of your sweet Dave. RIP dear chili friend.
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Susie and Ron Randall

Posted at 02:47pm
Our thoughts and prayers are with you.
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Sue Randall

Posted at 02:42pm
Carol and family I am so sorry to hear of Dave’s passing. I had the great pleasure of working with Dave while employed at Safe 1 Credit Union. Dave was such a caring and honest man. His smile was contagious!! He was so easy to work with and always got the job done!! Carol my thoughts and prayers are with you and the family. I was Blessed to have known you and Dave. Susie Randall

Robert Gregory

Posted at 04:24pm

Some notes on thirty years working with Dave Hancock, a long relationship that turned personal almost immediately. He took hard stands on doing the right thing, even while figuring out what that was. He needed the occasional fierce debate but really preferred to be a sounding board or collegial confidant. Dave’s hobby was making friends of complete strangers; he arguably took it to the extent of a career. Early on, he showed me how to befriend vendors and leverage business books with employees. He tried to teach me Jack Daniels so I’d relax for parties and social events (nope). Dave took me under his wing and let me take him under mine.

We talked about just about everything. Like, how to handle our CEO bosses or sensitive field managers, his never feeling adopted (then, remarkably, checking that off his back-of-mind bucket list), the extended family milestones tugging at his heart. He liked to delve into psychology; he knew how to confide. I heard about his aging dad’s motorcycle rides (I’m a biker), how his life had changed because of Carol, and Greg, and the 49ers family that decade, and naturally, we talked about music, and Willie (which always came with Carol). He gave me tiny cowboy boots when my first son was born, but his untiring enthusiasm for my being a dad was the real gift. Reminds me that at the office we always knew when the day was Carol’s birthday or their anniversary. Dave really put a lot of effort into most of what he did, usually after giving it a lot of thought (sometimes in the shower). He was proud of letting himself be influenced, changed, by other people. We learned to hug and mean it.

We wore three-piece suits to work in the ‘80s; later, as I pushed the limits of business casual, he’d tell me I dressed for work like I came to warsh my car (true) and snicker at my black sneakers. Then he’d strike a severe pose and assure me that none of this really mattered to him. When we last talked, in April, Dave was bragging on Carol for giving him all the support that he thought she’d never signed up for and relishing good times with the people in his life. Dave is such a long, hard friend to lose who will be easy for me to remember forever with a smile.

Larry Eastep

Posted at 06:09pm
Carol, so very sorry to hear of Dave's passing. I'll always remember some interesting conversations with him at the WCCCs. Our condolences are with you in this difficult time. God Bless

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