David J. Hanlin, age 75, of Erie, passed away unexpectedly on Tuesday June 21, 2011 at “Eagles Nest,” his acreage of timber and wetlands in Corry. He was pursuing his passion of habitat enhancement to aid wildlife.
He was born on July 15, 1935 in Erie, the son of the late Joseph and Goldie Hanlin. David was a graduate of Strong Vincent High School, Penn State University and received a Masters degree in 1969 from Gannon University. He was director of Engineering at Erie Malleable Iron for several years and took an engineering position with ARAMCO in Saudi Arabia. At the time of his death, he was President and CEO of Intech P/M Stainless Inc. located in Ridgway.
Dave’s love of hunting and the outdoors was instilled by his grandfather, a half- Iroquois Indian who first took him hunting when he was eight years old. Since then he has journeyed to six continents and collected more than 286 record trophies from nearly one hundred countries. His hunting and conservation activities include being a member and or contributor to numerous organizations including SCI (Safari Club International) where he has served on and chaired a number of committees; North American Elk Foundation; International Sheep Hunters Association; United for Conservation SA; Boon and Crockett; Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation; National Rifle Association and Weatherby Foundation International. In 2004 Dave was honored with the 48th annual International Weatherby Hunting and Conservation Award, one of the most prestigious awards in the world of hunting, recognizing outstanding support for wildlife conservation, lifetime hunting achievements and dedication to the principles of ethical sport hunting. He was also a contributor and benefactor of the Findley Lake Nature Center and was a member of the Sportsman Club and Erie Club. Dave authored “Around The World and Then Some” chronicling his life, travels, and hunting experiences, which was published in 2010. His family and friends will certainly miss his dry sense of humor and quirky personality.
Dave is survived by his beloved wife Mary (Kondak) Hanlin; three children David Hanlin, Jr.and his wife Kristen, Patrick Hanlin, and Renee Hanlin along with five grandsons and his brother, Gary Hanlin and his wife Tania of Satellite Beach, Fla.
Friends are invited to attend a Memorial Mass on Saturday July 2, 2011 at 11 a.m. in St. Jude the Apostle Catholic Church, 2801 W.6th St., Erie. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Findley Lake Nature Center, PO Box 634, Findley Lake, N.Y. 14736 or the Weatherby International Expo Childrens Program, 1025 John Moore Dr., Oshkosh, WI, 54904. Arrangements by the John J. Quinn Funeral Home, West 9th & Liberty St.