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George Allen Hames

1966 - 2016 Obituary Condolences
George Allen Hames Obituary
?George Allen Hames, 49, longtime resident of Blackfoot, passed away on March 8, 2016 at Bingham Memorial Hospital from cardiac arrest.?     
He was born April 3, 1966 to George Thomas Hames and DeEsta Warren in Blackfoot, Idaho. He was the third of four children born to this union.
Whether you knew him by George or Allen, he loved his family, he loved the military and he was a hard worker who strived to continually make a better life for him and his family.?     
He received his education in Blackfoot, graduating from Blackfoot High School in 1985. He had a love for education and earned an Associate's Degree in Biology in 2005 at Idaho State University and a second Associate's Degree in General Education/Business Administration in 2007 from Coastline Community College. He was currently working on obtaining his Bachelor's of Science Degree in Management/Leadership.
In May 1986 he enlisted in the Navy. He completed his Recruit Training in San Diego, Ca. He reported to his first duty assignment in August 1986, USS COONTZ (DDG-40). They served Bahrain and the Persian Gulf and was stationed in Norfolk, VA. In May 1989, he transferred from active duty to the Navy Reserves and was assigned to the Navy Reserve Center in Pocatello, ID. While in the Reserves, he was proudly called to active duty twice. The first was Naval Weapons Station, Concord, CA, Military Police Officer, Operation Desert Storm, 1991 and then Navy Customs Battalion Sierra, Leading Chief Petty Officer, Kuwait Naval Base, Operation Iraq/Enduring Freedom, 2007, which he volunteered for. He continued with the Reserves and retired in 2013 as a Boatswain's Mate Senior Chief Petty Officer with 27 years of service.
His personal awards include the Meritorious Service Medal, Navy Commendation Medal, Army Commendation Medal, Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal (4), Navy Good Conduct Medal, Naval Reserve Meritorious Service Medal (5), Volunteer Service Medal, NOSC Pocatello Idaho, Sailor of the Quarter (2 awards), NOSC Pocatello, Sailor of the Year 2002, and became only the third Navy Reservist in the history of the USS FRANK CABLE to qualify Enlisted Surface Warfare Specialist in 2008. He was pinned a Chief Petty Officer on 16 September 2003.
He started his career at the INL in June 1990. In 2005 he started working in his current position as a Senior Operator.  Working as a fuel handler, their duties included shipping, storing and receiving nuclear fuel. He was in the process of studying to become a lead man on his crew.
When his son came of age to join Cub Scouts he volunteered to be his leader. He loved being involved with his kids' sports. He helped coach his sons youth football teams for a couple years and took great pride every time one of those boys called him Coach Hames, even to this day.  ?     
He has been a member of the Elks Lodge #1416 for the past 8 years and was currently the Chair for the Americanism Essay Award Program.?     
He joined the ESGR in February 2003 and remained a very active member until his passing. He was currently the State Public Affairs and Awards Director for the past several years. He received the 2004 Idaho Region Six Outstanding Volunteer of the Year, a Seven Seals Award, a 10 year Time in Service Award, Presidential Volunteer Service Award and also the Idaho State ESGR Volunteer of the year Award in 2014 for his untiring efforts in these programs.?     
Growing up he enjoyed spending time in Island Park at the family cabin, four-wheeling and getting together with family.  He enjoyed snowmobiling and jet skiing and he loved his three dogs, Maks, Giz & Zoe.?     
He met his best friend and the love of his life, Michelle Edmondson Hames, in Tonopah, Nevada in August of 1989, where he went to work at the Cyprus Mine. When his job ended at the mine, they moved to back to his hometown and got married on April 24, 1990 in Blackfoot, Idaho, which they have made their home ever since. They welcomed their son Matthew George Hames on October 22, 1990. Followed by a daughter, Ashton Allyn Hames on May 21, 1996 and another daughter, Jordan Riley Hames on June 12, 1997. ?     
He took his family back east in 2006 and was proud to show them where he was stationed while in the Navy. They went to Virginia, Philadelphia, Maryland, New Jersey, Washington, D.C. and New York.
He was preceded in death by his mother, DeEsta Cornwall; sister, Quantilla Jockumsen; and mother-in-law, Billie Edmondson.?
He is survived by his wife, Michelle; children, Matthew, Ashton and Jordan; father, George T. Hames and his wife Janis.  Siblings, Connie (Jim) Beasley, Oregon, Lee (Dawn) Hames, Washington, Jackie Andrews, California, Mark Andrews, California; brother-in-law, Ted Jockumsen, Idaho; father-in-law, Edgar Edmondson, Idaho; and numerous nieces and nephews.
A funeral service will be held 11 a.m. March 14, 2016 at Hawker Funeral Home, 132 South Shilling Avenue in Blackfoot.  The family will meet with friends on Sunday evening March 13, 2016 from 6-8 p.m. and for one hour prior to the service.  Interment will be in the Riverside-Thomas Cemetery. Condolences may be sent to the family  online at www.hawkerfuneralhome.com.?
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