Linda Hawkes Lyon Dunn
1942 - 2021
BORN
1942
DIED
April 29, 2021
Linda Hawkes Lyon Dunn, 79, peacefully passed away from cancer on Thursday, April 29, 2021, at her home in Blackfoot under the loving care of her husband, Ralph Dunn. Linda was born on February 24, 1942, in Pocatello, Idaho, to Morgan and Iva Hawkes. She loved growing up with her seven siblings in the beautiful foothills of Pocatello. She attended Pocatello High School. On August 7, 1959, she was sealed in the Idaho Falls temple to Blaine "Len" McLennan Lyon, Jr., also a Pocatello resident. The couple first moved to Japan as Blaine served in the U.S. Navy. They then spent several years in California and Washington as Blaine continued his naval career. Upon his retirement from the U.S. Navy, they returned to Idaho and settled first in Rose and then in Blackfoot. They were married for 42 years and were blessed with five children: Larry, Leon, Lynette, Lisa, and Loren. Linda always had a kind and charitable heart. She was a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and served in many callings over the years, but most notably she loved being a nursery and primary leader. Linda had a penchant for connecting with children, as well as tenderly caring for the elderly. She enjoyed volunteering at the local elementary school and at elderly care centers. She was always baking cookies or taking meals around the neighborhood to serve those in need. Linda also enjoyed gardening, quilting, scrapbooking, handicraft, and collecting pig pictures for her notorious "pig" bathroom. Blaine passed away unexpectedly on July 15, 2001, in the Sawtooth Mountains near Stanley, Idaho. In the months and years that followed while Linda was single, she enjoyed going on bus trips, touring around and attending various temples in Idaho and Utah, actively participating in the Red Hat Society and Daughter's of the Utah Pioneers, and occasionally traveling a little further from home to visit her children and grandchildren. In 2017, she became reacquainted with an old friend from high school, Ralph Dunn, who had lost his first wife, Kathy, to Alzheimer's. Linda and Ralph started dating and married on January 1, 2018. Ralph also has five children: Corwin, Kirk, Joe, Camille, and Richard, so the happy couple had a combined family of 10 children, 35 grandchildren, and 9 great-grandchildren. Ralph and Linda spent a few wonderful years together enjoying special family events, traveling around the Intermountain West, and attending plays and other cultural events. In late July 2020, Linda was diagnosed with glioblastoma-a terminal brain cancer. Since the day of her diagnoses until the day of her passing, Ralph has been her faithful companion and caregiver with the children rallying around them both to love and support. Linda is survived by her husband, Ralph; their 10 children: Larry (Isabel) Lyon of Idaho Falls, ID; Leon (Shauna) Lyon of Hopper, UT; Lynette (Ruben) Spangenthal of Cleveland, TX; Lisa (Brian) Daems of Nazareth, PA; Loren (Petra) Lyon of Pocatello, ID; Corwin (Lezley) Dunn of Blackfoot, ID; Kirk (Lyndell) Dunn of Denver, CO; Joe (Deborah) Dunn of Grants Pass, OR; Camille (Peter) Neibert of St. George, UT; and Rich (Kambrel) Dunn of Blackfoot, ID; their 35 grandchildren; their 9 great-grandchildren, and her siblings Joseph Hawkes, Mary Beth Otto, Gaylia Tanner, David Hawkes, and Donna Phippin. Linda is preceded in death by her first husband, Blaine "Len" McLennan Lyon, Jr., her parents, Morgan and Iva Hawkes, and her two sisters, Julie Hawkes and LeeAnn Dayton.

The children would like to publicly thank Ralph who cared for Linda's every need, as well as the caregivers of Hands of Hope Hospice, thus allowing her to stay in her home, which she loved.

A viewing will be held from 6-8 pm on Friday, May 7, 2021, at Hawker Funeral Home, 132 South Shilling Ave., Blackfoot, ID. Funeral services will be held at 11 am on Saturday, May 8, 2021, at the Hawker Funeral Home, 132 South Shilling Ave., Blackfoot, ID, with a viewing beginning 1 hour prior to the service, starting at 10 am at the funeral home. The burial will be at the Grove City Cemetery immediately following the funeral. Condolences may be sent to the family at www.hawkerfuneralhome.com.

Those friends and loved ones that prefer to stay home can watch the service on a live broadcast. The service can be viewed at https://www.hawkerfuneralhome.com/page/broadcasting.
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Published by Post Register from May 4 to May 5, 2021.
MEMORIAL EVENTS
May
7
Viewing
6:00p.m. - 8:00p.m.
HAWKER FUNERAL HOME
132 SOUTH SHILLING AVE, Blackfoot, ID 83221-3277
May
8
Viewing
10:00a.m. - 11:00a.m.
HAWKER FUNERAL HOME
132 SOUTH SHILLING AVE, Blackfoot, ID 83221-3277
May
8
Funeral service
11:00a.m.
HAWKER FUNERAL HOME
132 SOUTH SHILLING AVE, Blackfoot, ID 83221-3277
May
8
Burial
Grove City Cemetery
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17 Entries
Lovely lady that I will miss. Loved her enthusiasm for life, truth and family.
Don Schanz
Friend
May 9, 2021
What a beautiful tribute to a very lovely lady. I was moved by the video tribute--she led a life that will carry on through generations of fond memories. I dearly enjoyed all me chats with Linda.
Marilyn Petersen
Friend
May 8, 2021
It was a blessing to know Linda and her ever giving and caring ways
She was truly remarkable in her special way of touching lives, both young
and old.


Betty Loftus
Friend
May 8, 2021
I grew up in Pocatello and my father worked at Hawks Transfer Company. The Hawkes family and the Nestlers shared many memories. I remember looking up to Lynda and David and thinking they were great examples. Not long ago, maybe a few years, I saw Lynda in the Idaho Falls Temple. She looked as young as ever. I am sorry that her family has lost a caring and loving person. She will be in your hearts forever.
Anna Nestler Austin
Friend
May 8, 2021
As one of 4 kids at the time my dad was in the bishopric, Sister Lyon became our "church grandma", helping my mom take care of us during sacrament meeting. She was always attentive to our needs and loved us as if we were really her grandkids. I'm now in college and was still able to come back and visit when we came to Blackfoot, and Linda was always as loving and kind as ever. One day I hope to be even half the Christlike woman she was.
Amanda Morrison
Friend
May 8, 2021
Sorry for your loss
Steven Linda Payne
Friend
May 7, 2021
I should have proofread my post. Linda was a really nice person. She was always positive. Sorry for your loss.
Lori Mecham
Acquaintance
May 7, 2021
Our deepest condolences to Linda's family. We love this very special lady.
Jeff and Jeanette Mosbrucker
Friend
May 6, 2021
I was so sad to see this. I was in Red Hats with Linda for many years and we got to share some fun experiences together. We sang at the Christmas Tree Fantasy one year and we attended plays or movies with our red hats on. We took turns meeting in member's homes and just got to spend fun time together. Linda was such a sweet and gentle spirit. I was sorry to see she suffered from cancer in the end, but glad to read she was surrounded by loved ones. I always shared a chat with her at Kesler's Market. Every encounter with her was positive. My condolences.
Karla Twiggs
Friend
May 5, 2021
a beautiful lady in all respects. special condolences to Ralph and Donna.
vern hancock
May 4, 2021
We love all of you. She is a great example to all of us. Will miss seeing you.
David Hawkes
Brother
May 4, 2021
I’m so very sorry for the loss of your mother. I’m thinking of you all and you’re in my thoughts and prayers.
LeighAnn (Summers) Sensenbach
Friend
May 3, 2021
May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow. So sorry for your loss.
Ralph Mortensen
Friend
May 3, 2021
What an elite Lady Linda was and is, so kind and caring! Our thoughts and prayers are with you!
Starla and Steve Serr
Acquaintance
May 3, 2021
My dear dear friend Linda you will be missed, I am so glad to have known you for so many years You are now with Blaine Rest In Peace my friend ❤
Candace Beck
Friend
May 3, 2021
Linda is such a special lady who I learned to love very much! I first got to know her in our LDS ward in Rose.
I was privileged to have her serve as an aid in my kindergarten classroom. She was so helpful. She loved the children and worked hard to help make their education a success. The children also loved her and looked forward to the days she was with us!
She talked often of her family and loved them so very much! She will be very much missed by her family and all of her friends!
My prayers and condolences go out to each of you!
RaNae Hulse
Friend
May 3, 2021
Linda was a really person. Sorry for your loss.
Lori Mecham
Acquaintance
May 3, 2021