He couldn't wait to get back home and play with the kids and go have dinner with me. He was beautiful with the kids.
— Jeannie Hancock, widow
Hancock met his wife at a coffee shop near Ft. Irwin. They married six months later. He took in her two children as if they were his own, and the couple had two others together.
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