Obituary: Max Allen Hanner
Aug. 9, 1959 – Nov. 3, 2021
Last updated 11/19/2021 at 4:31pm | View PDF
Max Allen Hanner went to be with his Lord doing what he loved, he was a crop duster pilot for 40 years. Max was born in Anthony, Kansas to James and Billie Hanner. During his younger years he attended Shafter schools and graduated in 1977. He loved all sports especially football and baseball. He was an avid Dodger fan and Charger fan.
Max had a quiet personality, but he had the gift of gab. Max has lifelong relationships with friends, family, and the community of Shafter to this day. He was a man of many friends. After high school, Max attended Cal Poly SLO. While taking agriculture classes he decided to learn to fly. He returned to Shafter to work for Inland Crop Duster for the next 35 years.
During his 35 years of flying, he become the man in the yellow plane. He touched a lot of people, he helped put food on our tables and flying was Max's passion. He was a skilled, accurate, loyal, and exceptional pilot and human being. When he was flying, he was at peace.
He had gotten so good at what he did, Max had a few small roles in entertainment industry. He was our favorite local celebrity and pilot. Max had a very generous heart. He never missed a family function, holiday, or birthday party. He always came bearing gifts with his big smile. He was the kindest and most caring person.
Max is survived by his parents, James and Billie Hanner; wife, Karen Hanner; daughter, Natasha Berry (Dustin); son, Nathan Hanner; siblings, Loree Trout (Randy) and Jay Hanner, as well as many cousins, aunts, and uncles. Max had nine grandchildren: Alyssa, Baylee, Brody, Dakota, Hunter, Axl, Maddyson, Kaden and Alexie.
Max is now in heaven with his son, Nealson Hanner. He will be missed by our family, friends, colleagues, and community.
Join us for a celebration of Max's life on Nov. 20, 2021, at 11 a.m. at Inland Crop Dusters, 5001 Stearman Ave Shafter, CA 93263. In lieu of gifts or flowers, donate in his name to your favorite charity.