Walter Dennis Hawkins

12/06/1937 — 07/22/2022

From Kennewick, WA | Born in Clearfield, PA

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Walter Dennis Hawkins

Walt was born in Clearfield PA to Donald Charles Hawkins and Vivian Maude Peters.  He was preceded in death by brothers Jack Donald Hawkins and David Charles Hawkins.  The family moved to Miami FL when he was 10.  He graduated from Miami Edison High School in 1955.  He then joined the Navy along with his brother Jack and they served together on the USS Yorktown and the USS Bon Homme Richard until 1959.  His brother Dave retired from the Navy as a submariner.  He was a proud sailor and kept and displayed all his Navy memorabilia and wore his Navy hat until his last days.

He married in California and had three children, Dennis Scott, Donald Allen, and Lisa Ann.  They moved to Colorado Springs and he began a career in electronics as head of the machine shop and manufacturing manager at Ampex Coporation.  He was divorced.  Walt married Barb Kent on February 14th, 1986, and they blended two families Dennis and Deb, Lisa and Rob Hart and Barbi and Jeff Kent.  His son Don and Barb’s daughter Barbi married on April 5, 1986.  He retired from Ampex in 1987 and went to work for Comptronix until 1994.  He and Barb moved to Boise ID in 1994 for Barb’s job at US West and he joined the Plantation Country Club.  He went to work at Preco until 1999 when he reached 62 years old.  the family started migrating to Seattle and Kennewick WA.  Barb and Walt moved to Desert Aire WA in 2004 to be closer to family.  He was president of the Sagebrush Senior Center and worked at the Desert Aire Golf Course.  Walt was a hard worker, a loyal friend, a hunter, a fisherman, a golfer and so much more.  His nickname was PEP.  He built models and tied flies and made fishing lures.  He was loved and looked up to by 6 grandsons Chris, Patrick, Seth, Jeremy Hawkins, Danny Hart, and Cameron Kent and 2 granddaughter Carter Kent, 6 great grandsons Kyler, Andrew, Ethan, Blake, Clayton, Logan and 3 great granddaughters Karsynn, Gracyn, and Sydney Hawkins.  He was Dad, Pop, Papa, Brother Pep, Brother Walt, Uncle Pep, Uncle Walt and most of all a loving husband.  He adored Barb and made her the happiest girl in the world.  He will be missed and will live in our hearts forever!

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  • I realize Walt passed away a number of years ago now But, while searching for fellow classmates from our Miami Edison Class of ’55 I sadly found this obituary.. I wish I had found him earlier so he could be in touch with fellow classmates. We have become a very united band of older caring people. He has been added to our Class Memorial List as well as the school Memorial List. Sadly he is #231 on our class list out of our 579 graduates.

    Marjorie Cheston
    June 11, 2023
    Rivera Beach, Fl
  • He always made me laugh and smile. I loved the love you guys had. It sure was a special kind of love! I’m so glad I got to drive you guys around on the bus. Glad I was a small part of his life at Brookdale.

    Kelly Barr
    November 11, 2022
  • Such a touching emotional and amazing ceremony and celebration you had for him!! I will never forget my time with pops or Walt or my boyfriend as I called him!! I love this family and I want you all to know I was there emotionally and spiritually with you and watching!!! I loved all the touching comments and speeches everybody gave!! I will miss you Walt and I’m sending love to each and every one of the Hawkins family!!

    Monette e!! MoMo
    November 11, 2022
    West Ri chland
  • Such a wonderful example of a man, and we were all so blessed to have had him touch our lives in any capacity. He left such a beautiful mark in the hearts of those who loved him. Fly high in Heaven, Pop.

    The Petersen Family
    November 11, 2022
    Pasco, WA
  • We all truly loved Walt. What a gentle spirit and kind hearted man. All of s Kibler’s send love to the family.

    Nancy Kibler
    November 11, 2022
    Ellensburg, wa
  • So sorry to hear of your loss. I know how happy you both were. Always cheerful and full of laughs. Bless you and your family.

    Holly Link
    November 11, 2022
    Colorado Springs, CO
  • I wish I could be there, with the family, at this difficult time. Please know “Pep” will live on in our hearts and we will reminisce about all of the wonderful times spent together. I know he is rejoicing with his dad and Jack and my beloved husband, David in heaven today. God bless each of you. Love to all.

    Linda Hawk
    November 9, 2022
    Fred’bg VA
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