Carl K. Hansen, of Chattanooga, formerly of Norfolk, Va., died peacefully on March 14, 2013.Carl was born on Aug. 19, 1938 in Hackensack, N.J., and he graduated from Hackensack High School in 1956. He graduated from the United States Naval Academy in 1963 and then served in The United States Navy during the VietNam war. After leaving the service, Carl settled in Norfolk, Va., and earned a master of science in mathematics from Old Dominion University. He was a math teacher until leaving to become a sales manager for the Virginia Pilot-Ledger Star where he worked until he retired. Carl had a lifelong passion for singing and the theater. As a youngster he performed on Broadway in the children's chorus in the original production of The King and I. He carried this passion throughout his life, performing in community theaters and choirs wherever he lived. Children of all ages in Norfolk remember him as the Singing Santa for his performances as a dulcet-toned St. Nick. Carl also volunteered for numerous groups and organizations. His passion for life and people could not be suppressed. His giant deep voice, optimistic outlook and wickedly clever sense of humor will be greatly missed.His parents, Elma and George Hansen of Hackensack, N.J., preceded Carl in death.He is survived by two daughters and sons-in-law, Karen and John Shaffer, of Norfolk, Va., and Kim and Greg Norris, of Christiansburg, Va.Carl was an active member of Grace Episcopal Church in Chattanooga.A memorial service will be held there in his Honor at 1 p.m. Friday, March 22, 2013.In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Grace Episcopal Church, 20 Belvoir Ave., Chattanooga, TN 37411, or to the Virginia Stage Co. in Norfolk, Va. Please contact, Moriah Mills at: firstname.lastname@example.org call 757-627-6988, Ext. 315.Please share your thoughts and memories with the family at: ChattanoogaValleyViewChapel.comArrangements are by the Valley View Chapel of Chattanooga Funeral Home, Crematory & Florist, 7414 Old Lee Highway.