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Donald L. Hawkes, Major, USAF (Retired)
September 30, 1919 – March 06, 2022
Donald L. Hawkes, 102, of Dallas, Texas passed away on March 6, 2022. He was born on September 30, 1919 in Salt Lake City, Utah to George Elmer and Martha Bluck Hawkes. During World War II, he served in the South Pacific. He married Margaret Grimmett on April 12, 1947. Remaining in the Air Force until 1959, he piloted helicopters and multi-engine aircraft. For rescuing motorists trapped in a Pennsylvania snowstorm, he received the Air Medal.
Following military retirement as a major and college at the University of Maryland, he was an engineer at LTV Corporation. Active in the Masonic Order for over 70 years, he served as the presiding officer at the Hillcrest Lodge No. 1318 from 2004-2005.
He was preceded in death by his wife of 71 years and his brother, Elmer Gordon Hawkes. He is survived by his son, Donald G. Hawkes, Laura Worsham, brother in law, Byron Grimmett, M.D. and sister in law, Sandra Grimmett of Waldo, Arkansas.
He is buried in Mt. Olivet cemetery, Salt Lake City, Utah. Memorials can be made to the T. Boone Pickens Hospice and Palliative Care Endowment through www.forefrontliving.org. Published by The Salt Lake Tribune from Mar. 16 to Mar. 24, 2022.
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