Walt Hawkins, Sr.
April 19, 1943 - July 22, 2013
Walt "Butch" Hawkins, Sr., 70, of Manteca, California, passed away on July 22, 2013. Walt was born in Oakland, California and raised in San Leandro, California, where he lived until he joined the United States Army at the age of 18. After his military service, Walt worked for International Harvester and Dryer's Ice Cream.
Walt was a fun loving, easy going man and a free spirit. Most importantly, he was a wonderful father and grandfather who instilled the importance of family and a love for the Oakland Raiders in all of his children and grandchildren. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, camping, dancing to oldies, bowling and spending time with his family. He was no stranger to anyone and bragged about his children and grandchildren to all who would listen.
Walt was preceded in death by his parents Selwyn and Melba Hawkins, his brothers, Wayne Petersen and Dick Hawkins and his sisters, Arlene Coleman, Ardis LaMotte and Joan Hawkins.
Walt is survived by his children, Sheryl Jardine (Chris), Walter Hawkins, Jr. (Sharon), Debbie Campiotti (Gino), Debbie Couch (Mack), Vicki Rockstead (David), Nanci Fox (Mike), Stepchildren, Robin Eddy(Shane), James Byrd, his sisters Mary Studley and Nadine Bartholf, 25 grandchildren, 12 great grandchildren, numerous nieces and nephews and many friends he considered family. He will forever live in all of our hearts.
Walt's family invites you to a celebration of Walt's life on Wednesday, August 7, 2013, at 3:00 pm at Springtown Golf Course Clubhouse in Livermore.
Published in the Modesto Bee on Aug. 1, 2013