Glenn Mackey Hawkins
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May 20, 1923
June 7, 2014
Glenn M. Hawkins passed away on June 7, 2014 at Seasons Emeritus, Reno, with family by his side. Glenn was born on May 20, 1923 in Denver, Colorado, the son of Clarence Albert and Lorena R. Hawkins. The family lived and raised their five boys and one daughter in Denver, Colorado. Glenn was very proud of his father who was Chief of the Fire Department in Denver, Colorado, and his grandfather who was also a fireman in Salida, Colorado in the 1880s. Glenn graduated from South Denver High School in 1942 and enlisted in the Army in 1943. He was one of the first soldiers trained at Camp Hale in Colorado for the 10th Mountain Division, America's World War II light infantry skiing unit, fighting for our freedom on skis in the mountains in Italy. In April this year, Staff Sergeant Hawkins was selected to participate in the Honor Flight program. He flew back to Washington, DC with his son to see the WWII Monument. Glenn met his bride, Marian Kidder, first in junior high school and then on the ski hill at Berthoud Pass. Shortly after he returned from Italy, he and Marian were married in Denver on September 27, 1945, enjoying almost 67 years of marriage. Together they raised three children; daughters, Cheryl and Janney, and son, Steven. Glenn and Marian made Reno their home since 1952. Glenn was Director of Survival Training at Stead Air Force Base for several years, worked as a high ranking civilian in the Air Force Intelligence, was selected as a ski jump official for the 1960 Olympics at Squaw Valley, and at the end of his career was Vice President at Security National Bank and First Interstate Bank. He was very generous, had a photographic memory, valued intelligence, remained current with politics and had a keen sense of humor. Both he and Marian were avid hikers, skiers and golfers. As a young man, Glenn enjoyed success as an alpine ski racer in Colorado where he skied for the Zipfelberger Ski Club. In retirement they enjoyed extensive cruises and travels, including skiing in the majority of ski resorts in the western US, Canada as well as Europe and New Zealand. Glenn was preceded in death by Marian; his daughter, Cheryl; his brothers; Victor, Lawrence, Donald and Gordon all from Denver, and his sister, Dorris from Southern California. He is survived by his daughter, Janney (Marv) Sims of Littleton, Colorado; grandsons, Brett Sims and Grant Sims both of Colorado; son, Steven (Paula) Hawkins of Reno; granddaughter Kadie (Peter) McMullan and great-grandchildren Sienna and Elliot McMullan of Reno; granddaughter Aimee (Rich) Cummins and great-grandchildren Jerek and Carlee Cummins of Reno; and numerous nieces and nephews. The family would like to thank Alan and Kate, Glenn's neighbors and friends, for their help and companionship in the past several years. At his request, there will be no services. Donations in remembrance of Glenn may be made to the 10th Mountain Division Foundation (10thmdf.org/memorials.htm) and/or the honorflightnv.org.
Published in Reno Gazette-Journal on June 15, 2014