Jay Samuel Hawkins, 28, our beloved Sam, passed valiantly into eternity
December 10, 2006 in Summerlin, Nevada after battling lymphoma. Born fourth of seven children to Lonnie Glenn and Claudia Anderson Hawkins in Provo, Utah on January 29, 1978. His early years were spent in Utah before moving to Mesa, Arizona in 1987. His youth was marked by promise and happiness. His lifelong pursuit of excellence began early. He loved to read, play the piano and flute, sports and the companionship of family and many friends. In addition to the Duty to God Award, Eagle Scout and several Palms, Sam was an Honor Scout and Order of the Arrow. He graduated from Mountain View High School in 1996 before serving an honorable LDS Mission in Brazil, where he left part of his heart. He married the joy of his life, Kira Marie Olson, June 24, 1999 in the Mesa, Arizona Temple. They were blessed with two beautiful children; a dear son, Emmet (3) and a precious daughter, Emery (1). His family is his heart and soul and he devoted his life to them. Sam graduated from Arizona State University (B.S., magna cum laude) in 2001 and from the University of Maryland School of Law (J.D., with Honors) in 2006. He was honored to be an Associate at Alverson Taylor in Las Vegas, Nevada where he enjoyed his work and many friends. Sam has left a legacy of service to God and his fellowman that will be a joy to his family forever. Sam was preceded in death by two grandparents, Victor Jay and Agnes June Anderson. He is survived by his treasured wife, Kira and their two children, Emmet and Emery; parents, Lonnie and Claudia Hawkins, four brothers and two sisters; Chase (Alison) Hawkins, Shellie (Christopher) Bowers, Tamara (Jason) Belnap, Kristopher (Emily) Hawkins, Brady (Sarah) Hawkins, Blake (Alyssa) Hawkins; Grandparents, Glenn and Virginia Hawkins, Provo, Utah; 15 nieces and nephews; Kira's family, her parents, Ken and Kathryn Olson and two brothers, Chris (Jenny) Olson and Chance. Funeral services Monday, December 18, 2006, 10:00 a.m., at the LDS Lehi Stake Center at 1430 North Grand, Mesa, AZ. Friends my call Sunday evening, December 17, 2006 from 6:00-8:00 p.m. at Bunker's Garden Chapel 33 North Centennial Way in Mesa and at the church prior to services from 9:00-9:30 a.m. Interment at the City of Mesa Cemetery.
Published in The Arizona Republic on Dec. 16, 2006.