Detective Brent Hanger

Brent Hanger was born on January 28, 1968, to Ralph and Barbara Hanger in Sedro Woolley, Washington.  He grew up in the Skagit Valley, graduating from Burlington-Edison High School before continuing his education by obtaining an Occupational Associates Degree in auto and heavy diesel repair from Universal Technical Institute in 1988.


Hanger’s career path changed, bringing him to the Washington State Patrol on July 9, 1998, where he joined the 82nd Trooper Basic Training Class.  Trooper Hanger was commissioned on March 1, 1999, and was assigned back home in Burlington.


Trooper Hanger earned the Award of Merit on November 28, 2000, for risking his own life assisting an individual in crisis.  He transferred to Marysville in May 2004, and became a Field Training Officer known to have high expectations, but not without also providing the proper support, encouragement, and wisdom to his trainees.


Trooper Hanger promoted to detective with the Northwest Regional Drug Task Force on August 1, 2007, assigned to Bellingham.  He spent eight years working alongside the team displaying integrity, loyalty, dedication, and perseverance.

Detective Brent Hanger died on August 6, 2015, at the age of 47.  He suffered a heart attack while following up on a tip regarding a marijuana grow in Yakima County.  At the time of his death, Detective Hanger had served almost 17 years with the Washington State Patrol.

Detective Hanger's wife, Lisa, lives in Mount Vernon.  She is working on house projects and taking care of her mother.  Lisa loves spending time with her six children and their dog, Red.  Lisa started Cross Fit this year and is enjoying her time there.

Emily graduated from WWU and is a Trooper, assigned to Burlington.  She’s adding a chocolate lab to the family this month.

Erin graduated from WWU in 2020, with a major in history and a minor in Latin.  She’s currently working at the Whatcom Museum, although she hopes to travel to Ireland to work on her master’s degree in the future.

Kailey is a senior at the University of Washington and is working on her biology major, and planning on pre-med for dermatology.  Kailey is in the Phi Mu sorority.

Erik will be a junior at WWU this coming year.  He enjoys playing the tenor sax and hanging out with friends.

Kyle graduated high school this year.  He is working at Costal Farm and Ranch, and will be attending Skagit Valley College in the Fall to work on his two-year degree.

Kevin will be a junior in high school this fall, and continues to take private drum and guitar lessons.  His passion is fixing cars and country music. 

Brent Hanger's mother, Barbara, passed away in February 2020.  Brent’s siblings, Julie and Mark, live in Mt Vernon. His sister Marcia lives in Smokey Point.  Brent’s step-mom, Linda and step-sister, Jessica, live in Burlington.

Washington State Patrol Detective Brent Hanger 
End of Watch – August 6, 2015 
Gone But Never Forgotten