Steven Hawkes of Sugar City passed away Sunday, Feb. 2, 2014, at the University of Utah Hospital from complications of pneumonia.
He was born Feb. 14, 1952, in Ashton, Idaho, to Percy Blaine Hawkes and Bonnie Marie Clark. He was raised in Farnum, Idaho, then at the age of 8, the family moved to Providence, Utah, to attend school. After their schooling, the family returned to their family farm until the age of 11, when they permanently moved to St. Anthony.
In 1969, during his junior year in high school, he won the Idaho Class A state wrestling title. A month later, he was high jumping and fractured his neck and was paralyzed from the neck down. After months of recovery, he was able to regain a good portion of his mobility.
He was a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. He served a mission in the Texas South Mission. He graduated from BYU in Provo with a teaching degree and taught industrial arts in St. Anthony for five years. He excelled in woodworking.
He married Carolyn Lambert in the Idaho Falls Temple on Aug. 13, 1982. They lived in Idaho Falls while Steve attended ISU, earning a Master of Education degree in counseling and guidance.
They moved to Cowley, Wyo., where Steve was the first counselor for Rocky Mountain High School in Byron, Wyo. Two years later, they returned to Idaho and made their home in Sugar City, where he was a counselor for the Sugar-Salem School District from 1985 to 2002. He served a term as the president of the Idaho Counseling Association and treasurer for the Idaho Schools Counselors Association.
He loved helping students get college scholarships, and upon receiving the Christa McAuliffe Fellowship, he developed and distributed individualized scholarship information for each high school throughout Idaho. In 2002, he was named the Idaho Counselor of the Year.
Most recently, he was serving as a worker in the Rexburg Temple baptistery, as a member of the City of Sugar Planning and Zoning Committee and as ward Scoutmaster.
What Steve lacked in physical abilities he more than made up for in helping others. If asked what Steve's greatest accomplishment was, it would be helping his family and serving in his church callings.
Survivors include his wife, Carolyn; son, Daniel (Amber) Hawkes; daughter, Felicia Hawkes; brothers, Bill (Luisa), Don (Susie), Michel (Wendy), Jeffrey (Lynda), Philip (Diane) and Bob (Sharlene); and sisters, Cindy (Alan) Kingsford, Suzanne Peterson and Toni (Terry) Miller.
He was preceded in death by his parents, grandparents and a brother-in-law, Ray Dean Peterson.
Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 6, at the Sugar City LDS Stake Center, 25 W. Third South, with Bishop Joshua Bingham officiating. The family will receive friends from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. today and from 10 a.m. to 10:45 a.m. Thursday, both at the stake center. Interment will be in Pineview Cemetery in Ashton under the direction of Bert Flamm Mortuary.