Donald Dean Hawkins

Donald Dean Hawkins, 60, Osawatomie, Kansas passed away Friday, April 15, 2016 surrounded by loved ones.  Funeral services will be held at 10 AM on Sunday, May 1, 2016 at the American Legion Hall in Paola KS.

Donald, formerly of Visalia CA, was born on July 29, 1955, a twin son of Jerry and Donna Hawkins (surviving of Visalia, CA).  Donald attended Mount Whitney High School of Visalia CA.  He enlisted in the US army on January 9, 1974 alongside his twin brother Ronald.  Donald spent his young adult years as a concrete finisher and truck driver in California.  In 2000 his family moved to Kansas where Donald worked for KDOT for 9 years.  He was a proud member of the American Legion Riders Chapter 156 where he proudly once again served and flew the United States flag.  Donald never knew a stranger as he would talk anyone’s ear off who would listen.  One of his favorite topics was to discuss his American Indian heritage.  In his final days he talked about being excited for summer so that he could get back on his motorcycle, take the boat out to the lake and watch the Bowers brother’s dirt track race.

Donald met Donna K. Boggs cruising Mooney Blvd in Visalia CA in 1972.  They were married 1 short year later on December 24, 1973.  She survives of the home in Osawatomie, KS.  They had two children together who also survive, daughter Kresta (Kelly Plank) Hawkins of Gettysburg, PA, son Justin (Anna) Hawkins of Burlingame, KS and grandsons Ethan Hawkins and Levi Plank.  Also surviving is his sister Karen (Tom) McCormick of Visalia, CA and many in-laws, cousins, nieces, nephews and numerous “kids” who called him dad.  He was preceded in death by his twin brother Ronald Hawkins and his brother Jerrylen Hawkins.


  1. Mary & Fred Steele on April 23, 2016 at 11:48 am

    Our deepest condolences to the family. Donald was a very good neighbor friend and will be greatly missed. May his family know all our love, thoughts and prayers are with them.

  2. Wendy (Flannigon) Bergan on April 23, 2016 at 2:27 pm

    My deepest sympathies to the Hawkins family. You guys were always such good neighbors! Donald will definitely be missed by many….our thoughts and prayers are with all of you. Lots of love to you all

  3. Kathy Alghsein on April 23, 2016 at 6:28 pm

    I am so sorry for your loss. He was a very kind man and loved you guys so much…although I have not seen you guys in a very long time I am sure what I knew then has not changed. My prayers are with you always.

  4. KDOT - Dist 4/Area 2 family on April 25, 2016 at 11:40 am

    We wanted to extend our deepest condolences to all of Don’s family. Don was a great friend and co-worker to many at KDOT.
    We will be thinking about you now, and in the days to come. KDOT Dist. 4/Area 2.

  5. Billie sue and Rudy Jimenez on April 26, 2016 at 11:29 am

    So sorry for your loss we have a big family in heaven with all our love they know we miss each and every one . Have so many memories with you in Ivanhoe wish we had more time together. Miss and love you Donald.

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