Charles Haine Hawkins passed from this life one week shy of his 84th birthday on Friday, January 11th, 2013 in the company of his loving family. He was in care at Judson Park Senior Living Facility, in Des Moines, WA.
Charles was born January 18th, 1929, in Columbus, Montana, but spent most of his childhood in the then small town of Gresham, Oregon.
Upon early graduation from Gresham High School in 1946, Charles enlisted in the Army and was stationed in post-war occupied Germany playing the clarinet in the Army band. After returning home, he attended Reed College in Portland, Oregon under the GI Bill. He then went on to the University of Chicago, receiving his Master's Degree and a following PhD in Sociology in 1961. Charles did post-doctoral work at UC Berkley, and received a second Master's Degree in Public Health there. He taught Sociology at Central Washington University from 1963 until retirement in the early 1990's and dedicated his studies to the social aspects of family life and family planning including several sabbatical leaves to Mexico, Spain, and England where he conducted research.
The long-time Ellensburg resident was actively involved in The Washington Native Plant Society and The Audubon Society for many years, with leadership roles in both. Charles was also very involved in the early days of the Central Washington College Climbing club. After learning to ski and climb in Germany after WWII, he came back to Washington's Cascades to climb and hike all he could. He was an avid hiker, skier, and snowshoer all his life, getting outdoors almost every day in his retired years. He put the health of the natural environment first, setting a fantastic example for those around him with his activism and his daily life choices. When he wasn't outdoors, he enjoyed travel, genealogy and family history, playing his guitar, and spending time with family.
Charles is survived by his brother Rob Hawkins; ex-wife Ida Buckingham; children Chris Hawkins (son), Charlie Hawkins (son), and Glacier Kingsford-Smith (daughter); grandchildren, Lucas, Tyler, and Genevieve, numerous nieces and nephews, and wonderful friend and companion, Ginger Jensen.
A Celebration of Life will be held Sunday, February 10th at 12:30, at McMenamin's Edgefield in Troutdale, Oregon. An intimate family burial will precede the celebration, at Riverview Cemetery in Portland, Oregon. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to: The Kittitas Audubon Society, PO Box 1443, Ellensburg, WA 98926.
Published in Daily Record from Jan. 30 to Feb. 6, 2013