Retirement Announcement

This message is to all my valued customers.

I want all of you to know that after 23 years of owning and operating Hahn’s Barber Shop, I will be officially and permanently retiring. My last day at work in the shop will be Saturday, December 15, 2018. I will be working my regular business hours between now and that date. The most important things I want to tell you is THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR ALL THESE WONDERFUL YEARS AND MEMORIES!!!

   Many of you have been with me since the beginning, and the majority of the rest of you have been with me for over 10 years. I cannot express how much I appreciate your loyalty. Many of you men were little children when our journey began. My customer base has been like an extended family to me. May I also take this last opportunity to thank all of you who have served or currently serving in the United States military, I love you all for your sacrifice and service to our beloved country. MAY GOD BLESS AMERICA!!!  I will miss most of all, the close interactions that I have shared with the majority of you. It has been my honor to get to know and serve each and every one of you. My prayer request book always seemed to be full. I loved praying for you and your requests.  I will deeply cherish all my memories with you guys and your families forever.

The reason for my early retirement is, I have been recently diagnosed with bladder cancer. This will require constant monitoring, surgeries and treatments for the rest of my life. This will also require a lot of down time and recovery time during working hours. I do not want to inconvenience my customers by constantly closing my shop. My wife and I took a long look at our finances, and I am happy to say that we can live the rest of our lives very comfortably financially. My doctor assures me that I will most likely be able to outlive this kind of cancer. I tell you these things so you will not worry about me. My wife and I and close family have prayed about this decision since the diagnoses. We feel direction and peace from God in this retirement decision. I am so grateful to God for his loving care. I plan on keeping my barber shop phone number and my web site up and running for at least three to four months after my retirement, so all of my customers will be able to be properly thanked and informed of my reason for early retirement.

As all of you know, I am a people person. This will give me extra time to spend with my family, friends, church and charities. I want to be the best Grandpa in the world!!!

My landlord’s current plan is to keep the building a barber shop and rent to a new barber or barbers. I don’t know who they will be, but it might be a good idea to try them out. I will do my best to meet with them and fill them in on how I ran things here. All I can do is hope they will carry on the old school barber shop traditions.

I would love to see as many of you as possible prior to my retirement. Please stop by for a haircut, or just a visit if you can.

Sincerely your Personal Barber and Friend,
David Paul Hahn Sr.

118 thoughts on “Retirement Announcement”

  1. I’m so sad right now.. but I’m happy that u will b spending time with your grandbaby and family I wish you the best. My husband will b there tomorrow. Good luck in e everything and with your treatment

  2. Thank you for all of the years of haircuts, advice, prayers, laughs, wisdom, and most of all friendship. You will be missed in the shop and no one could ever fill the chair of David Hahn Sr.

  3. Dave, You don’t know me but I was helping my best friend find a barber to fix his bad haircut and came across your yelp page and I read all the reviews and honestly I felt like I knew you and told him he had to go to you. The remarks people were saying I thought to myself that is what I want people to think of me. I had a great feeling in my heart. Then I went to your website and my heart broke reading about your cancer. My dad had cancer and he was a wonderful Christian man that I looked up to, he was my hero and role model. It sounds like you have touched many peoples lives as well as ones you have never met. I will pray for God’s healing hands over you body. Its beautiful to know there are still amazing people in this world. So my best friend, Aaron, got in this morning with you and he text me right away saying how much I would of liked talking to you, he said he felt like he was in church. That brought me happiness to know how much he enjoyed talking to you and you did an amazing job on his hair. He doesn’t believe in God but knows I am a Christian and he respects my beliefs and really did enjoy your conversation. I feel like God had his hand in this one:) I just thought you should know that you touch peoples lives that you have never met. God bless . Have a wonderful day.

  4. Hi David,

    I first came into your shop after hearing that you give nice haircuts for a good price. Three years later, I continue to realize it was more which kept me coming back. It’s you. You’re a fantastic person with a warm soul. The abundance of humility, respect, and love of friends and family that you express are truly an inspiration. I wish you well in your future endeavors and many, many happy years in retirement!

    PS: My marine sister that you always mention wishes you well too!

  5. Dear brother David,
    It was gratifying to read your Retirement notice. You chose a vocation that did far more than generate income. You built a business of caring for people. I know you have ingratiated yourself to many of your clients over the years. Your love for them and willingness to listen and pray for them is a testimony of your genuine loyalty and love.

    We all are saddened to learn of your health situation, but know you will do everything you can to beat this thing! You can count on our prayers in your behalf. God is more than able to bring healing and restoration!I

    We love you David and wish you a great retirement.

    Brother Ray & Olivia

    1. All I can say is, I LOVE YOU BOTH !!! That was the most wonderful message you have ever said to me brother.

      Love your baby, (60 year old ) brother, David Paul Hahn Sr.

  6. Hi David, this is your brother John, what a well written announcement of your happy retirement plans. I’m glad to see that you want to be more involved with Clairemont Emmanuel and other charities and of course spending more time with your grand baby. Knowing you you will have plenty to do in your retirement and after being retired myself for 11 years, I highly recommend it. I know that you will have a total blast with all your freedom. I hope the Lord speaks to you and getting involved in some ministries at church, that would be meaningful and give you purpose for your life. You’re in my prayers a lot for good restorative health. I love you brother. John.

    1. Dear brother John, I LOVE YOU !!! It is so awesome to have the level of support and prayers that you, our family, friends, and my customers are pouring out on me and my wife !!! I will cherish your letter always.

      Love your baby (60 year old) brother, David Paul Hahn Sr.

  7. Dear Mr. Hahn,
    I remember the first time I ever came into your shop. I usually went to all sorts of different barbers and would never really stick with one but after my first haircut with you, getting a haircut changed completely for me. I actually became excited over something so simple, going to get a haircut. You made it more than that though. Every time I went it was like seeing an old friend, even though you have many customers that have been with you for longer. I felt like I could talk to you about anything including music, my problems, and God. You’ll never know how much that meant to me. Ever since I’ve known you, I haven’t gone to another barber, even if you were on vacation and my hair got so bad that I had to hide it with a hat. Even now I can’t imagine ever having another barber to replace you, and that’s because nobody can. I’m so sad to see you go because I really believe God put me in my life and I hope one day to be as godly, humble, and generous as you. Thank you for not only cutting my hair, but for lending me music and movies, for talking to me when I hit hard times, and for just being a wonderful friend. I hope retirement brings you as much happiness as you have brought to everyone around you because you deserve it. I’ll miss you so much and you will always be in my prayers. Stay strong!

    1. Dear Brandon, I thank you more than words can say. While reading your letter I wiped away tears of joy and pride in you. I have told you again and again that that I would be proud for you to be my son. Your parents are so blessed to have you as their son. I love you!!!

      Your co mentor, David Paul Hahn Sr.

  8. Dear David It has been a pleasure to visit your shop over the years. I fully understand your rational for your retirement. But you are a hard act to follow.

    I will never forget the time I was your only customer at the time, and you were playing Elvis on the video, we ended up singing along. Your love of country and family and our Lord will always stick out in may mind. Also always pointing me out as an old Master Chief.
    David, May you always have fair winds and a following sea. God Bless you and your family.

    1. Dear Robert, Thank you so much for your letter. I appreciate you kind words & Elvis memories with me. I can say to you and all my loyal customer/friends “ELVIS AND I HAVE LEFT THE BUILDING”

      Sincerely, David Paul Hahn Sr.

  9. Dear Mr. Hahn,

    I was so happy that I had an opportunity to drop by your shop before I had to go to work. I want to thank you for your service to Jesus and your community. The men that have gathered in your shop over the years have been blessed by your friendship and prayers. There is no greater measure in God’s eyes than how you love and care for all of his children. This is your legacy. Thank you for always treating my son like he was one of your own. You have been a great example for Brandon.

    With the Greatest Respect,


    1. Dear Brian, Thank you so much for allowing me the honor to take care of you and Brandon’s hair cut needs over the past few years. The best complement I can think of to tell you is your son has all of your awesome caricaturists!!! I love you both.

      Sincerely, David Paul Sr.

  10. Dear Mr. Hahn,

    I was so happy that I had an opportunity to stop by your shop before going to work yesterday. Thank you for your years of service to Jesus and your community. The love, prayers, and friendship you have provided to everyone who walks through your doors is your legacy. You have made God happy with the love you shared with all of his children. Thank you for being such a great mentor and example for my son Brandon.

    With the Greatest Respect and Love,


    1. Dear Brian,You outdid yourself with 2 comments.I only can say again, I love you and your son!!!
      Sincerely, David Paul Hahn Sr.

  11. Hey, Dave! Your good ‘ol fried chicken legged buddy Kirk Hensley here. A lotta guys out there will say it’s a shame that Hahn’s scraped its walls out and shut down the show, but as it has been said, all good things must come to and end. You know I rolled by for your kind of haircut, your kind of camaraderie, and the colorful stories that came from the line that waited the buzz. But all your friends, family, clients came there definitely because of you.
    There’s a shortage of good men out there, Dave. There are…a few of us…that are trying to make up for that shortage, and you are one of them. Stay with us while you fight this monster and keep showing the impressionable guys out there what it is to bee that good man. I’m fighting with you even though you were Army. (Joking! Laugh here!) I miss my uniform as I’m sure you miss yours. But we have different uniforms to wear now. They call that uniform “Veteran”. God Bless you and stay well! I know I’ll see you bandying about somewhere in the next few years with an hour and then-some story, talking about how you beat this beast. Until then, fair winds and following seas. –Kirk Hensley, USNMCB 5.

  12. The first I came to your barber shop was for a haircut. The next 19 years was because of you. Your honesty, kindness, respect, courtesy and the list goes on as you are that kind of man. Yesterday was my last haircut from you; one I will not soon forget. I thought that day would never come but sadly it did. We shed a few tears in saying goodbye and understandably so. I wish you nothing but the best in your retirement years. You will be missed. Tino and Family.

    1. Dear Tino, Thank you so much for your letter, loyalty, & friendship. We share the same bladder cancer situation. It is comforting to know I can always reach out to you. I love you and your family!!!
      Sincerely, David Paul Hahn Sr.

  13. Dear Kirk, You truly have a great way of communicating!! Your letter was so awesome and funny. You have always bean able to make me laugh! Thank you so much for your friendship over all these years.
    Sincerely, David Paul Hahn Sr.

  14. Thank you Dave for all the great hair cuts , and the great discussions. And most of all just being a friend, and always being so positive.I definitely will miss all that, take care of yourself, your wife , and the grandchild . Enjoy your time. Getting a haircut will never be the same .

    1. Dear Tom, You are a true friend in every respect! I will miss you. Thank you so much for helping my younger son’s girlfriend & my father in law get into their brand new cars for such great deals!!!
      Your friend, David Paul Hahn Sr.

  15. Thank you for all the great story’s,hair cuts,and lessons you have told me and I’m going to miss you hope to see you again David.

  16. Going to sure miss you but I understand fully. You’re a great and strong man David and I’m sure you’ll conquer this illness. It was a lot of fun hanging out in the barbershop listening to all of the stories we all shared. My best wishes to you and your family. I know your faith will carry you. Take care my friend. you are loved.

  17. Aloha Dave,
    Hope this finds you already enjoying retirement. Maui’s not a bad place to start the next chapter. Thank you again for all the years of excellent hair cuts and fantastic conversations. It has been a pleasure to know you and consider you a friend.
    Fair Winds and Following Seas
    Bill Hoover

    1. Dear Bill, Thanks for your friendship,Service to our country/both in and now, out of uniform. I loved hearing your (drill sergeant) stories. Thanks again for that awesome Sicilian lunch we had!
      Hura!!! your freind David Paul Hahn Sr.

      P.S. Please remind Bo to send me a letter as you did. (Thanks)

  18. Hello David Hahn, I truly appreciate everything you did for me. I appreciate you for always checking up on me and giving advice when needed. You would also always give the most honest advice one can wish for. Besides being a great friend , you were also a great barber. I would never leave your chair with a bad haircut. Once again, thank you for everything !

    1. Dear Cesar, Thank you for all of your kind wishes for me. It was my honor to listen to you and give you my best advice back. I know you will do great in what ever you do in life!
      Sincerely, David Paul Hahn Sr.

      P.S. Please have your brother write me something.

  19. Dave, we want to wish you much happiness in retirement and the joys of grandpa-hood. We wish the best for you and your family. You are a strong and positive man; we are certain that you are a survivor!
    We will certainly be among the hundreds that will miss our interaction with you. A haircut with you was more than just a haircut. Such warm and welcoming people as you are few, and far between.
    We will miss your treasure trove of stories and just the fun of meeting so many others in your shop. God bless you.
    Gregg, Mo, & Cisco

    1. Hi Dave. This is Chris. I’m the other grandfather. It’s been a pleasure to know you. You’ve been one of the best barbers I’ve ever had. You were one of the few old school barbers left around town. You will be missed. I hope you have a great retirement, and good luck in the future. You’re friend, Chris.

    2. Dear three amigos, You guys are all my friends! Thanks for tacking the time to drop off the retirement balloons on my last work day. That meant so much to me. Give bear a big hug for me!
      Sincerely, David Paul Hahn Sr.

  20. Hi Dave. This is Chris again. I wanted to send you a gift, but don’t know where to send to. If you could give me your address or P.O. box, or if you would like to meet somewhere, we could do that. I would have done this sooner, but I had to get eye surgery. So let me know. See you later. Chris

    1. Dear Chris,
      It was so good talking to you a few days ago! Thank you so much for your friendship over the past years! I love the Elvis Fan parking sign that
      you mailed to me! I will attach it to my house, in front of our driveway.
      Sincerely, David Paul Hahn Sr.

  21. Sorry I missed you prior to closing. I just checked the web and discovered that you were closing. Hard to believe it’s been 23 years. I remember your first shop and the move to the present location. I will miss the comradery most of all.

    God bless you and keep the faith. If you ever want to go to the USS Midway, email me.

    1. Dear George, Thanks for being a friend! Thanks for your service chief !!!
      Thanks for your loyalty all of these years.
      Sincerely, David Paul Hahn Sr.

  22. Over 20 years ago I discovered Hahn’s Barber Shop down the alley from my shop in lemon Grove. It was very convenient to run down there and quickly get my haircut and be back at work. When David moved down Broadway to his current location, the shop really took on his personality and beliefs. Hahn’s Barber Shop became more than just a barbershop. A place with no dirty magazines or cussing, but a place of good Christian fellowship and of course a good haircut. I had brought my good friend master chief Bob, one time and he was hooked. Since that time we would plan a week in advance when we were going to go and get our haircut. We will miss David as a Barber, as a Christian brother, and as a friend. We pray that God will bless him and his family, and heal David. We all will miss his friendship and fellowship. God Bless you.

    1. Dear Don, Thanks for being such a great friend in Jesus ! We go back to the beginning. Thanks for the new massager. I love you and your best friend Master Chief Bob.
      Sincerely David Paul Hahn Sr.

  23. I will miss my barber and friend of 23 plus years. Finding a good barber is quite an ordeal. Barbers come and they go but Dave lasted as my barber for what seems like a lifetime. Dave was not a good barber he was a great barber. Not only was he a great barber he was a great story teller, he always had a story to tell when you were waiting for or getting a haircut, Customers (friends) would line up hours before he opened at 8:30 am on Saturday’s the only day a working man could get a hair cut. The plan was to get there early to be 1st in line, yeah right get there at 7:00 am and to your surprise there would be 3 people waiting some we surmised had camped out overnight to be 1st in line….lol. Dave I will miss you and wish you the best in your retirement. Take care and God Bless. Tim Childers your fiend.

    1. Dear Tim, Thank you for being such a faithful, loyal, & true friend and customer. Reading your letter brought tears of joy to me. Thank for the new Norelco razor you gave me. I will truly miss you!!!
      Sincerely, David Paul Hahn Sr.

      P.S. Please try to help your Dad and Vietnam veteran brother to send me a letter trough this system.

  24. I first met Dave a little over 17 years ago. After having some issues with the shop that I had been patronizing for a few years, I set out looking for a new barber.
    From my first visit with my two young boys I knew that Hahn’s was my new home. Right away, I could tell that Dave and I had a lot in common and both of my sons, 5 & 7 at the time. actually looked forward to getting their hair cut.
    Over the years our relationship grew into a great friendship. Dave cares for my boys like his own. He is always telling me how proud of them he is and he has gone above and beyond to help them out.
    Dave is a special person, and although I know we will remain friends, I will certainly miss, and I am sad that many others will miss, seeing him in action in his shop. It was definitely a sight to behold.
    I know that God has another plan for you Dave. I just can’t wait to see where he takes you next. But whatever it is, I know that you will faithfully and joyfully execute His plan.
    See you ’round brother.

    1. Dear Mike, Thanks for being such a strong Christian friend to me. We can talk to each other about anything! It has been a honor to know and serve you and your son’s over the years. My wife and I had so much fun at your son’s wedding. Stay in touch please.
      Sincerely, David Paul Hahn Sr.

  25. Dave, I met you when you were fixing up your shop. I went to that shop when Tommy was there. I never left. I have never had a relationship with any Barber like I had with you. We are praying that you will have a swift recovery and a long life to enjoy being with your family. It has been an honor to watch the shop while you were gone. I will miss the stories about our lives.

    Your brother in faith, Mike

    1. Dear Mike, Thank you for all of your heartfelt words. I remember praying for your Mother in law during her Alzheimer etc. Thank you for your service to our country! Thank you so much for keeping watch on my little Barber Shop.
      Sincerely, David Paul Hahn Sr.

  26. David,
    For the last 12 years you have been a consistent presence in my life. Every three weeks I was able to talk with you, share with you and discuss current events and history. You always offered support and kind words through the ups and downs of my life. I never felt anything but positivity from you and always felt better when I left your shop. Thank you for sharing your stories, your friendship and especially your faith. You have had a significant impact on so many people’s lives. Not many can say that. You will be missed in the Lemon Grove community. I am sure though that as you enter this next phase of your life, you will find a way to share all of yourself with others and continue your journey as a man of great faith. And thank you for the great haircuts.

    Thank you for your service in the United States Army!


    1. Dear Bruce, You were one of my closest friends in my Barber Shop. We sure had some good times.Going to the Padres games where fun. It was my Honor to pray for your precious Mother through her final days. Stay in touch brother, so long from one Grampa to another.
      Sincerely, David Paul Hahn Sr.

  27. Hi David,

    My family and I wish you the best and a speedy recovery. Little Henry will be cheering for you. Best of luck with your retirement.


    1. Dear Shawn, Thanks for your loyalty all these years. It was so nice to finally meet little Henry shortly before my retirement.
      Sincerely, David Paul Hahn Sr.

  28. Wow David I just got back from running down to your shop and read the sign. I myself was just diagnosed with esophageal cancer, so I have an idea of what you are going through. Have you had a PET scan to check if it has spread? I had one last week and it has not metastasized for me yet, hopefully you are in the same boat.

    1. Dear Mike, Thank you so much for sharing your story with me, and giving me encouragement.
      Sincerely, David Paul Hahn Sr.

  29. On behalf of myself, Gerrit Hoevers and long time customer, Dave Wells, (that funny 91 year old guy) we wish you a full and speedy recovery. We are very sorry to hear about your diagnosis. Please take care. We are rooting for you!

  30. Since my first time entering the barbershop it became very clear that it was not similar to any barbershops i’ve been to. Instead of quietly cutting my hair, you spoke to anyone that would listen. You spoke from the heart and told stories that I couldn’t fathom hearing anywhere else. From that day onward instead of driving the half an hour dive to get a haircut, I came for you, for your stories. Thank you for your stories and the morals you have taught me along the way. I can undoubtedly say you have been the best barber I have had the pleasure to meet.

    1. Dear Felix, Thank you so much for your very kind words to me! It has been so much fun having you and your Dad come to me. I am not sure you has the higher IQ I think it’s a tie. (ha ha)
      Sincerely, David Paul Hahn Sr.

      P.S. Please have your Father write me a note through this system.

  31. I am happy for you David. I’m sure it’s a tough decision to make but the right one. Since there are no guarantees in life enjoy every moment of it. We will all pray for you so be tough and beat this cancer. Thank you again for all the great haircuts and great conversations we had together in the barber shop.

    1. Dear Piero, Thanks for you awesome letter! Thanks for all the years. Thanks for all the times you have helped me with servicing/advice on our Toyota’s. God Bless You , Your Wife , And Your Two Children !!!
      Sincerely, David Paul Hahn Sr.

  32. I’ve been a customer of yours ever since Bill Ware closed his shop. I am so sorry to hear of your medical situation. I always enjoyed the banter while in your shop the 3 or 4 times I was able to make in in for a haircut. Yes, the members of the canoe club always outnumbered the army grunts in your shop. God bless you and your family in this time of tribulation.

    1. Dear Pete, the fact that you trusted me after the legend Bill Ware retired is a great complement! Thank you for your service in the U S Navy (the canoe club)
      Sincerely, David Paul Hahn Sr.

  33. Good morning Mr. David,
    This is Annette the mother of Hugo and step mother of Joel. It was a great pleasure having you as my sons barber. Even though it was only a short time it felt like we had known you for such a long time. My son is very picky of who he let’s cut his hair and for some reason he had an immediate connection with you and had to go back to you. Sometimes we couldn’t get to you and we had to go else where and he would be upset. He will always remember you giving him root beer candy and the story of the frog 😂. We wish you a happy new year and a lifetime of good health and blessings. Best wishes always The Ochoa family. (Happy retirement)

    1. Dear Annette, your letter touched my heart. Little Hugo is such a great boy! It has been a great pleasure to see Little 4 year old Joel grow & turn into the fine young 24 year old man that he has become!
      Sincerely, David Paul Hahn Sr.

      P.S. Please persuade Joel to write me a letter through this system.

  34. well I can only hope that I too will be able to retire at the young age of 61, you deserve it! I enjoyed coming into your shop and having you trim my facial hair while listening to the sounds and visuals of the Great Elvis Presley. It is obvious that you touched the hearts of many that came though your door. You are a great listener and always have wise Godly counsel. You are on a very short list of role models that I respect and Love very much! God bless You in Your retirement.

    Love, Little Ray

    1. Dear Little Ray, It is a great honer to be on your sacred short list that you mentioned in your letter to me! Always remember, I love you & and you can come to me anytime about anything. I am and have always been very proud of you!
      Sincerely, “Your Uncle” David Paul Hahn Sr.

  35. Congratulations on your retirement. I know it’s a big decision for someone who has worked all his life. I hope your health issue was caught early and is quickly resolved.

    I’m going to miss you, but will always remain a friend.

    My regards to you and your family.

    1. Dear John, Thank you so much for all the years you trusted me as your Barber & friend! My Dr. says I am doing great!
      Sincerely, David Paul Hahn Sr.

  36. David,

    It seems like only yesterday I walked into your Barber Shop and was greeted for the very first time with a smile a kind word and the feeling of family. I thank you for the many hours of conversation we have had regarding our shared love for our LORD and Savior, Patriotism, and the ongoing need for all factions of our society to reach across the isle to each other in friendship. I will miss not being able talk with you about the agape love that both you and I have experienced from our beloved parents. We my friend are the blessed ones to have had this experience. Please stay in touch as time and energy allows.

      1. Wanted to touch bases with you and let you know that our sojourn across the country to South Caroline and our new home was blessed by our LORD. We are doing well and adapting to our new surroundings with thankfulness for that which has been provided to us by GOD. Please email me and let me know how you are doing my friend

  37. Hey, Dave! I know I only came in for a few beard trims, but I wanted to thank you for the enjoyable experiences I had every time I came in. It was always great talking about service-related stories with you. The way you conducted business was truly a spot-on example of the way many people wished all business operated. Enjoy your retirement and time with the family to the fullest, you’ve most certainly earned it.

    Best Wishes,

    1. Dear Fred, Thank you for trusting me with you beard trims! I know it is hard to trust another person to do that task. When I was a rookie, 23 years ago it scared me to death! Thank you for your complements.
      Sincerely, David Paul Hahn Sr.

  38. Where to begin? Let me start by saying thank you Dave, for opening your doors to me and those that serve or have served. I enjoyed talking with you and the people that trusted you as their barber. I have never sat in a barber chair so long for a standard military haircut. But I’ll tell you, I enjoyed when it was my turn. I got to share my story, but more importantly, I got to hear yours. I look forward to hearing more of them. I must say, my father-in-law, Michael O’Donnell and brother-in-law, Alex had the right idea by walking in your doors each time they needed a haircut. Truly, one of the best around. My God bless you and your family.

    1. Dear Johnny, thank you for your kind words to me. Words can not express how proud & thankful I am in you! You are truly blessed to be a part of the O’Donnell family, in addition to your own family! I am sure both of your families are so proud of you! The U.S. Navy is better because you are in it! I know you will be a Chief one day!
      Sincerely, David Paul Hahn Sr.

      1. I forgot one very important memory to add.

        I wonder what everyone thought when they saw my truck parked in your spot with your signs leaning against it. Thank you again.

        1. Dear Johnny, They probably thought, there goes Dave again,he bought another new vehicle. (ha ha)
          Sincerely, David Paul Hahn Sr.

    1. Dear Donald, I love you to, in the name of Jesus. Thank you for your prayers. Dr. Kim, at Kaiser promised me and my wife that he would stay with me as long as he is with Kaiser!!! Thank you for recomending him to me.
      Sincerely, David Paul Hahn Sr.

  39. Hi David,

    Just wanted to send a note of gratitude and encouragement from here on. I know the timing and circumstances behind the retirement are different but I’m glad you made the decision with your family. I know you’ll do your part and everyone will come through for you. I wish you and your family well!

    1. Dear David, Thank you for your kind thoughts. Thanks for respecting my decision. Thank you for your loyalty!
      Sincerely, David Paul Hahn Sr.

  40. Hi Dave,

    I was in for a few cuts and decided you were it. I really enjoyed our conversations concerning our fathers and families especially
    those who served in world war two. I sorry to hear of your health condition
    and wish you the best of prayers and blessings for a steady recovery.
    I will certainly miss your presence at the barber shop, now that I need a new
    barber again. Please take care, you can beat this. Regards to your family as

    1. Dear Russell, Thank you so much for your words of encouragement! The world war 2 veterans that I have had the extreme honor of knowing, are the best humans that walk our planet, including my father (Mr. Raymond H. Hahn Sr.)
      Sincerely, David Paul Hahn Sr.

  41. Dear David Hahn,

    It has been my honor to have known you for the last 10 years ish. Words do not need to describe a real bond and connection because the feeling speaks for itself. You have affected my life and destiny more than you know. For example, there were so many times I would come to you for advice and direction and at the same time would happen to get one of the best haircuts at the same time. The haircut could last 3-4 weeks but your advice and the example you have shown will live with me forever. There are some good men out there, but even more rare are the ones who are great. You are truly one of the greatest humans I have ever met. Your level of pure love, integrity, honesty, humility, and focus are unmatched by anyone I have ever met and I come across a lot of people.I am so lucky to have had the chance to meet you and it seems like every second in your presence was quality time.

    Seeing how much you love your wife, family and life has been such an inspiration. Just seeing you in action has actually caused changes in me. I have learned so much from you. We have shared smiles, laughs, and wisdom together and I just want to say thank you. I are one of the greatest men I have ever met.

    Your friend,

    Darren I.

    1. Dear Darren, I am drying tears of joy as I am responding to your letter!!! I am so honored to be all those things you said about me to you!!! I am so humbled by everything you said about me, and what I am to you. I am what I am because of my 2 fathers, GOD ( Father, Son, Holy spirit ) who lives in me & my earthly father ( Mr. Raymond H. Hahn ). Also because of my sweet Mother, & My wife & best friend & life partner of currently 36 years. Between the Holy Bible & my Dad & Mom’s teachings & wisdom I have become what I am today. Please realize, I am just a man, full of faults, short comings, and asking my heavenly Father for forgiveness daily. We are all learning this thing called life, daily.
      Humbled sincerely, David Paul Hahn Sr.

  42. Dave,
    First of all I want to thank you for always being a great barber and friend. It has been great to know you these 13 years. 2006 was the year I committed myself to Christ and asked the Lord to bring the right people in my life and not long after McKandly brought me to your barber shop. At that time in my early 20s it was good for me to have strong Christian people in my life and so I am thankful that I always could depend on you not only for a good haircut but for advice and just someone to chat with who is like minded. I am sorry to hear about your bladder Cancer but I know the Lord will fully heal you of this. Mary and I will keep you in our prayers. I will really miss coming to the barbershop but as they say, all good things must come to an end sometime and I know retirement was on the near horizon for you anyways. Enjoy retirement and keep in touch. If you ever decide to create a Facebook account I included a link to my profile below 🙂

    1. Dear Kevin, It has been a honor to be your barber & friend for the past 13 years! We hung out multiple times before & after your hair cuts. You are so smart I always counted it a privilege to talk with you & some times you asked me my advice. With you & everyone else that asked me advice, I was very careful about that. Most of those times I would secretly & silently pray first. God definitely gave you Mary! We are praying for you both & the safe delivery of your baby!
      Sincerely, David Paul Hahn Sr.

  43. David,

    Since as far back as I can remember you have been our family barber and a family friend.
    Your shop has been a place for us to gather, mark occasions, socialize, and measure the passage of time.
    Later in my life, it would become an anchoring point for me to return to, a place for me to come back and listen to the experiences of others and to share my own.
    For many years you and your shop have been such a concrete part of my life without me realizing it and it became a point of pride, and now it almost seems fitting that as I begin a new chapter in my life, you do as well.
    No matter what life has in store, you and your shop will hold a special place in my heart and your shop will always be a part of the neighborhood.
    It has been a pleasure and an honor, and I wish you the best in wherever life leads you.


  44. Dear Gabe, It has been a reel pleasure to be you and your familie’s barber over all these years! May God bless us both as we start this new chapter in our lives. It was so cool how my little barber shop touched all our lives in so many ways! I believe it was because every day prior to opening I prayed over my shop. Thanks for all the years!
    Sincerely, David Paul Hahn Sr.

  45. Dear Dave,

    Its John, the Zoo Guy.

    I just want to say thank you to you for all the years spent talking with you while getting a haircut. I am not exactly sure when I started coming to your original shop for a haircut, but it has to be more than 15 years or even 20. I enjoyed every time I visited, to hear stories and to just talk about life in general. I can say you made for a good visit, just like I believe all your patrons throughout the years would say the same thing. I’m going to miss those times. I want to add, that I hope for a speedy recovery with your cancer and you will beat it. You have my support and my thoughts are with you. I hope that when you have the time, we can meet up for breakfast or lunch. Or even a trip to the Safari park or Zoo for a meet up will be cool too.

    1. Dear John, You are a good friend & customer. Thanks for all your kind words! I am happy for your new life with your fiance! I agree that it would be a good idea to get together in the future.
      Sincerely, David Paul Hahn Sr.

  46. God Bless You. Thank you for sharing the letter on your
    Website. You have always been a friend and someone
    who has shown nothing but kindness and a caring person
    to our family. I Pray for your continued good health,
    treatment, strength. Enjoy Retirement much deserved.

    1. Thank you Mrs. Holding for allowing me to be the one to buzz off your hair when you where dealing with your type of cancer. That was a honor! I am so happy for you that you beet it! Thank you for your support.
      Sincerely, David Paul Hahn Sr.

  47. When I first came to your barbershop, I could see that you were letting your light shine. That you were a strong, Christian man who loved people. Since then you have blessed me and my family. Thank you so much for everything. Jim (Comments from the boys: Josh age 13- “I am very happy that you were my barber and the things you taught me. I hope the rest of your life is a good one.” Jonah age 10- “I was glad that you were my barber and the good haircuts you gave me. I hope you have a great life.” Josiah age 6- “Thank you that you cut my hair. Thank you for telling me to say ‘I Love You’ to my mom. I love you.”)

  48. Dear Jim & family, I love all of you! I am very proud to know all of you! You & your wife are doing a great job raising your children in the lord! It has been a real pleasure serving all of you as your barber! We have shared many things together over all of these years! Some of my most wonderful memories are us praying together.
    Sincerely, Your Christian brother, Friend, & Personal Barber David Paul Hahn Sr.

  49. I hope all is well with you and your family.

    Sorry I missed your last day in December, but my wife was recovering from knee surgery and taking care of her kept me busy.

    Sure is hard to find a new barber. You spoiled us.

    Let me know if you ever need any eggs.

    John Sauln HMCS, USN, Ret.

    1. Dear John, thank you so much for all of your loyal years! Thanks for going to our home and getting rid, once and for all ,”the ant problem”. Thanks for all the fresh eggs you gave us. But most of all, THANK YOU FOR YOUR SERVICE AS A COMBAT VETERAN OF VIETNAM!!!
      Sincerely, David Paul Hahn Sr.

  50. I am sorry to hear you are early retiring because of your illness. This is Cesar Martinez the young Pastor of that baptist Church at El Cajon. I want to express my gratitude for encouraging me to take that ministry. And I am so sorry I didn’t get to say the proper good bye. May our dear Lord and God give you the strenght and provision for this coming years. And praise God “Death has no power over us” may our Lord Jesus give us light as we walk our way to heaven in this dark world. Our prayers foe you and family.

    1. Dear Cesar, Thank you for all of your thoughtful words. I am so grateful that you are a pastor. God bless you and your family richly!!!
      Sincerely, David Paul Hahn Sr.

  51. I hope all is well with you and your family.
    Sorry for the late reply…
    Thank you for the good service and haircuts.Wishing you well.


    1. Dear Armando, thank you for all your years you where loyal to me. I also wish you well in all your paths. Thank you for your thankfulness.
      Sincerely, David Paul Hahn

  52. I just saw this announcement and I wish Dave and his family all the best. I haven’t been by the shop in nearly 15 years because I moved back to Northern California after my time at SDSU, but I’m grateful I found Hahn’s barber shop. I brought a lot of my fraternity brothers in there too.

    1. Dear Ben, I remember you and your fraternity bothers. All is well with me and my family! I am sorry I, didn’t have a chance to say thank you and goodbuy.

      Sincerely, David Paul Hahn Sr.

  53. David, I am sorry to hear of your condition but I know you are a strong minded person who will overcome this. I want to thank you for the great memories in your barber shop. My boys Junior and Christian are sad to hear of the news. It will be hard to find another barber shop with the great conversations we had. Please keep in contact with us, my boys and I would like to get together with you soon for lunch or something. We can catch up on our Elvis conversations. You will be greatly missed. Larry, Junior, Christian. TCB⚡

    1. Dear Larry, Thank you so much for you encouraging words to me. It was 12-15-2019 since my last day at work. Things are going great! I definitely miss all of the wonderful conversations at the shop, including of course “ELVIS PRESLEY”. Thanks for all the years of your loyalty!

      Sincerely, David Paul Hahn Sr.

  54. Hi David! It was such a pleasure getting my hair cut by you over the last decade. It was more than just a haircut but always an experience. From hearing your customers stories to listening to your family vacations, that meant so much to me than just getting a haircut. I miss going to your shop but I pray your health is going well and I’m pretty sure you’ll be getting ready pretty soon to either go on a nice cruise or out to Yosemite this summer. By the way I may need to pick your brain on the different cruise liners since I know you have that down pat. Take care David and enjoy your next journey in life!

    1. Dear Aldo, Thank you for such a nice reminisce about our experiences in my little barber shop. Things are going well with my health and my life.

      Sincerely, David Paul Hahn Sr.

  55. Thank you for all your service, friendship, and mentorship. You were always there when I needed to talk to someone and have been there through most of my milestone in career and life, my trips to your shop were always some of the best times of my busy life and most all the best hair cuts in town. Take care and best wishes.

    1. Dear Aaron, Thank you so much for your kind, respectful words. It was my honor and privilege to give you my humble advice over the years. I am so proud of you. You have such a wonderful and caring family (all of them). I am looking forward to our lunch meeting this coming Wednesday. When you find out you made chief, I want to be one of the first to know.
      Sincerely, Your friend and personal barber David Paul Hahn Sr.

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