George B. Hawkins

1922 – 2104

George B. Hawkins

 

George B. Hawkins, 87, son of Thomas and Cecile (Perry) Hawkins, passed away peacefully in Boise, ID, on February 4, just a couple weeks shy of his 88th birthday. Though his passing came suddenly, it wasn’t entirely unexpected, as the father we long knew was slowly taken in recent months.

Dad was one of the last of the Greatest Generation. He lived a full life, from the Helena of the Great Depression, to the Pacific Ocean of World War II, to the Greenland of the early nuclear era, to the Alaska of oil pipeline development. One of 14 siblings, he was immersed in family throughout his life. As if his five children weren’t enough of a handful, he opened our home in Dillon to a veritable parade of family, friends and even an occasional stranger over the years. He was generous to a fault, which became both a source of joy and humor at times in these last years.

Dad was one of the last of a generation who knew true hard work. Staying in the workforce well into his seventies, he was always able to outwork men half his age. His hands were hardened from early years as a boxer and from many years later working in crafts and trades. He grew up in a place and time when disrespect got one more than a “time out” or social shunning. The stories of him confronting disrespectful young men are legend.

George is survived by: his lifetime love, Lillian “May” Hawkins; siblings Jerry Hawkins, Nancy Landon and Harry Hawkins; children Jerrilea Archer, Dan (Jo Lee) Hawkins and Lee (Angela) Hawkins; his grandchildren, Sharlea (Jerry), Phil (Krysti), Johnathan (Emily), Zia (Travis), Soren (Kathleen), Tyler, Lindsey, Cheyenne (Tyler) and Jordan; and his great-grandchildren, Austin, Braxton, Adrienne, Andie, Preston, Vivian and Logan. He was preceded in death by: his parents; ten siblings, including his twin, Martha Travis; and by children Phil Hawkins, Laurie Woolworth and Gary Archer.

Good night, dear father. May you rest in well-earned peace. When you’re restless, we are sure the heavenly fairways are forever favorable to lefthanders, the greens never covered with straw and an endless supply of lost golf balls are waiting to be collected.

Memorial services will be held at 2 p.m. on Sunday at Summers Funeral Homes, 3629 E. Ustick Road, Meridian, ID. Memories and condolences may be shared with the family on George’s memorial webpage at www.summersfuneral.com.