James Lee Hawkins
James Lee Hawkins, aka Jim or "El Gavilan", 71, of San Pedro, California, passed away Wednesday, October 2, 2013 while vacationing. He was born May 24, 1942 in Santa Monica, California in a "blackout" to James Norman and Dessie Hawkins. He married Julie Lang on May 8,1971. Jim Hawkins left this life as he lived it with fun and good humor. He was raised in the burgeoning South Bay chasing butterflies and birds. He graduated from South High in 1960 where he was student body president and lettered in three sports three years in a row. Jim always knew he wanted to be a lawyer so after graduating from the University of Redlands, where he met his wife, he attended Loyola Law School in Los Angeles. To pay his way through school, he had many interesting jobs, from paperboy to shoe salesman to bailiff in the Torrance court. His favorite job was driving a taxicab. He enjoyed talking to people. And if anyone knew him, they would know that he loved to talk and loved to laugh. Jim was admitted into The State Bar of California January 15, 1970. Over the years he worked for the Los Angeles City Attorney in both criminal and civil divisions. In 1973 he tried his hand at the private sector. In 1994 he joined the Alternate Public Defender's office where he covered three courts in San Pedro. Jim loved the law, and believed in the judicial system. He was committed to making a difference. He ran for Los Angeles City Council in 1982. He didn't win the office, but continued his involvement in public and civil service. He was the president of the Torrance Rotary Club and was a participant in many community committees. He was a member of The Elks and was an honorary member of the Yugoslav American Club. He was also an active member in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. Jim is preceded in death by his parents. His ashes will be spread at sea where his parents' ashes were also scattered. Jim in survived by Julie, his wife of 42 years. In his own words, his major achievements are his two sons, Jeff (Lauren) and James. He is also survived by grandson Henry George; as well as his sister Debra; and brother David. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the LDS Church-The Humanitarian Project- in San Pedro or the
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Published in Daily Breeze on Oct. 19, 2013