July 26, 1924 Sept. 9, 2019
Thursday, September 26, 2019
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            Harry James Hawks

A Patriotic Man Who Loved His Country, His State, and His Hometown.

Harry James Hawks passed away at his home in Waldport, Ore., on Sept. 9, 2019. He was 95.

Born in Reed Point, Mont., on July 26, 1924, he was a child of the Great Depression and a veteran of World War II.

After graduating from Reed Point High School in 1942, he worked at the Lake Washington Shipyards near Seattle before joining the U.S. Navy. He served in the Pacific during WWII.

He left the Navy a Petty Officer 2nd Class, having served from September 1943 until May 1946.

After the war he attended the University of Montana on the G.I. Bill. He received his bachelor’s degree in Forestry. He also trained as a smoke jumper in Missoula.

He met his future wife, Gaynor Claire Staples (March 10, 1932 — Dec. 27, 2017), while working in the Gifford Pinchot National Forest. Gaynor, an elementary school teacher, was spending the summer working on the lookout tower on Mitchell Peak overlooking Mt. St. Helens. They married in 1956 and had seven children.

Mr. Hawks managed forests and helped fight many fires while working for the Forest Service. Later, he and his family moved to the Oregon coast where he worked at Angell Job Corps in Yachats.

Mr. Hawks will be cremated and interred next to his wife at the cemetery in Alsea, Oregon. At his request, no service is planned.