The Idaho Statesman, 09/09/12
George Guy Hawker On the evening of September 6, 2012 George Guy Hawker, 89, formerly of Soda Springs, Idaho made his last round-up, with his beloved family gathered at his side in his home. He was a great man, loved by all. He left a wonderful and honorable legacy, as well as fond memories for us all. He was dedicated to his family; a loving husband, father, grandpa, uncle and friend. We rejoice in his life and wish him Happy Trails on his new adventure, which he so liked doing. George was born on December 12, 1922 in Soda Springs to Robert and Lydia Hawker, the 12th of 15 children. He was raised on two homesteads near Soda Springs, one in Meadowville, the other at the head of Wooley Valley. He attended school in both Soda Springs and Grace, Idaho. At the outbreak of WWII, he went to Pearl Harbor, working as a welder on the stricken ships until called into the Navy in 1943. He circumnavigated the world, involved in troop and war material transportation. He married the love of his life, Marianne Reese on June 1, 1947 and later solemnized their union in the Logan LDS Temple. An accomplished musician and songwriter, he entertained thousands of people over the years from the North Slope of Alaska to El Salvador. He retired from the International Union of Operating Engineers as a welder/mechanic. He spent hours during and after retirement in his small shop crafting "gizmos" and painting rocks, which are genuine treasures. There was little he could not repair, either with his words or his hands. He was a hard-working man, but still took time to enjoy the outdoors, hunting, fishing, camping and exploring the country. He made good friends wherever he went, and kept them close throughout his life. George is survived by his devoted loving wife, his children: Chet, Mary Lou (Larry), Georgann and Sherrie; seven grandchildren, 14 great-grandchildren and many nieces, nephews, cousins and one sister Jean Shelton. We wish to extend our heartfelt thanks to St. Al's Hospice and to our neighbors for their help and kindness, and a special thanks to Fred Hull, a beloved nephew who spent endless fun-filled hours with George in his final years. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Monday, September 10, 2012 at the Mt View LDS Ward Chapel, 8620 Goddard Road, Boise. A viewing will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday, September 9th at Zeyer Funeral Chapel, 83 N. Midland Blvd, Nampa and at the church from 10 to 10:45 a.m. Monday, prior to the services. Graveside services will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday, September 11th at the Fairview Cemetery in Soda Springs, Idaho.
Published in Idaho Statesman on September 9, 2012