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David Henry Hawkins 1921 ~ 2010 David Henry Hawkins was born April 26, 1921 in Blanding, UT to Alma Henry and Cora Bloomfield Hawkins. He died peacefully, surrounded by family, on July 13, 2010 in Spanish Fork. He grew up in Ramah, New Mexico along with nine siblings. Dave was a Marine during World War II and served on the USS Enterprise. He fought in twelve battles, including Pearl Harbor and Midway. On May 22, 1946 he married Vela Washburn in the Salt Lake Temple. They had eight children and made their home in Ruby Valley, NV, Deseret Farms of Florida, south Georgia, Wyoming, and Provo, UT. Dave was a rancher and a cowboy. He loved his family and loved the Church and devoted his life to both of them. Dave served as a branch president five times, as a District President, and as a full-time missionary with his wife in Capetown, South Africa. Dave was preceded in death by his wife, Vela, in 2004. He is survived by his children: David J (Charlotte) Hawkins of Spanish Fork; John Wayne (Rilla) Hawkins of Spanish Fork; Virginia (Scott) Mahoney of Heber; Kimball Don (Betty) Hawkins of Bakersfield, CA; Patricia (Jeff) Shields of Salt Lake; Kristine (Clayton) Forsythe of Grapevine, TX; Suzanne (John) Rozier of Visalia, CA; and Matthew Karl (Shannon) Hawkins of Modesto, CA, as well as 41 grandchildren and 60 great-grand children. He is also survived by four siblings: Mary Ellen Anderson, Charles Hawkins, George Elmer Hawkins, and Paul Hawkins. Funeral services will be held Saturday, July 17, 2010 at 2:00 p.m. at the Pleasant View 1st Ward Chapel, 650 Stadium Avenue in Provo. A viewing will be held from 11:30 to 1:30 prior to the services. Interment will be in the Orem City Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, remembrances may be made to the Perpetual Education Fund of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. Condolences may be sent to www.sundbergolpinmortuary.com. A special thanks to the staff of Spanish Fork Nursing and Rehab for your kind care in Dave's final weeks here on Earth.

Published in Deseret News on July 15, 2010
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