Russell Hawk died peacefully Tuesday, April 15, 2014, at Mesilla Valley Hospice, with family by his side. He was 90 years old. Originally from Medford, Ore., Hawk had come to Las Cruces to stay with his son and daughter-in-law after a recent cancer recurrence. Born to Norman and Inez Hawk in the front bedroom of the home built by his grandfather, Hawk graduated from Ashland High School in Ashland, Ore., in 1942. He played center for the University of Oregon Fighting Ducks football team that fall before joining the Marine Corps. He was part of the 5th Division and fought on Iwo Jima. Hawk was slated to be part of the invasion of Japan, but instead became part of the force that occupied Japan in 1945. He was honorably discharged in 1946. Returning to college, Hawk met his bride of 67 years, Donna Brewer, and stated having a family while finishing his bachelor's degree in education. In 1950, Hawk was hired to teach and coach at Rogue River High School in Oregon. Later he and his growing family would move to Winston, Ore., teaching at Douglas High School, while finishing his master's of education at the University of Oregon. In 1959, Hawk again moved his now almost complete family to Fullerton, Calif., to be a member of the first staff at the newly opening Sunny Hills High School. He would teach and coach at Sunny Hills until his retirement in 1983. Hawk was the varsity basketball coach at Sunny Hills for 16 seasons, compiling a 225-117 record. He would later become athletic director. Hawk was inducted into the California Interscholastic Federation (Southern Section) Coaches Hall of Fame in 1985. After retiring, Hawk found his way back to Oregon, eventually settling in his hometown of Medford, where he played golf, hunted and fished. However the fall would always find him back at Autzen Stadium cheering on his beloved Ducks. Christmas and New Year's plans always had to be worked around whatever bowl game Oregon was appearing in. He was making plans for tickets for the upcoming football season when he moved into hospice. Hawk was preceded in death by his parents, two brothers, infant Hawk, and Ray Hawk, and one son, Bob. He is survived by his wife, Donna, of the home, two daughters, Marolyn (and Nick) Pierson of Tucson, Ariz., Pat (and Dave Heath) Hawk of Corona, Calif., and one son, Jim (and JoBeth) Hawk of Las Cruces, as well as nine grandchildren, and eight great-grandchildren. He is also survived by two sisters-in-law, Phyllis Hawk of Eugene, Ore., and Ann Brewer of Medford, and many nieces, nephews, and cousins. A remembrance will be held at a later date in Medford. In lieu flowers, contributions can be made to the Bob Hawk Memorial Football Scholarship at the University of Oregon. Go Ducks! Arrangements are with Getz Funeral Home 1410 E. Bowman Ave Las Cruces New Mexico 88001. To sign the local online guest book visitwww.GetzCares.com.
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Published in Las Cruces Sun-News on Apr. 24, 2014