David Hanson, CEO and former president of SyncroFlo, died June 6. He was born in 1942 in rural Georgia near Newnan, one of six children. After graduating from high school in 1960, he paid his own way through Georgia Institute of Technology, earning a degree in mechanical engineering in 1965. He was a registered Professional Engineer. In 1973, he assumed control of SyncroFlo, and built it from three employees into a domestic water booster systems leader. He served as the president from 1973 until 2006, providing jobs for 100 people.

According to friends, his goal was to retire in 2000, and financially he was ready, but it was not in his character to stop working. In 2005 he helped charter the Rockbridge Commercial Bank. Although his illness prevented him from full-time employment, he served on the board of directors and loan committee, providing needed capital to entrepreneurs and small businesses.

He is remembered as an avid woodworker, Georgia Tech fan, tennis partner, card player, heirloom tomato gardener, and friend to many.

Hanson is survived by his former wife of 37 years, Susan Hanson of Duluth, three children, Richard and Beth Ann Hanson; Jay and Amy Hanson, both of Atlanta; and Carl W. and Maryann Plowden of Albany; and eight grandchildren. He is also survived by his sisters, Joyce (Johnny) Scarbrough of Tyrone; Sara Hanson of Kansas City, Mo,; and brother Mike Austin Hanson.

Many of his friends and associates have asked what they can do to help – make a donation, or send flowers. Perhaps the best way is to take your age-appropriate medical tests, as well as an annual physical.