In Memory

J. D. Hawks

J. D. Hawks

James DeRoy Hawks passed away peacefully at home February 25, 2017. He was born December 23, 1942 in Ogden, Utah to Joshua DeRoy Hawks and Hazel Morris Hawks. He was the oldest of two children. His sister, Julee, was born 12 years later. He lived the majority of his growing up years in Portage, Utah with summers spent in Bingham, Utah with his maternal grandparents. He graduated from Bear River High School, where he excelled in track, football and basketball. He served an LDS mission to the Australia South mission and a year after returning home married his high school sweetheart, Nan Oyler. He attended Weber College on a basketball scholarship and graduated with a Bachelor's Degree in Sociology. Later in life he earned a Master's Degree in Counseling. He and Nan moved from Utah to Rexburg, Idaho in 1970, where he started his 35-year career teaching Seminary. They were blessed with 6 children, 5 girls and 1 boy: Shandi (Mitch), Kurt (Paula), Trisha (Chris), Natalie (Misty), Brittney (Rod), and Melissa (Nate). JD and Nan loved raising their children in Burton. The family spent time together hunting, snowmobiling and playing and watching sports. JD thrived on traveling to ball games to watch his children and grandchildren participate. He spent his life studying and teaching the gospel. JD served as a bishop and in several bishoprics and in scouting, but his favorite calling was teaching gospel doctrine. He loved sharing the gospel and he and Nan did so on three missions together. He is preceded in death by his parents and his son Kurt. A viewing will be held Wednesday evening March 1, 2017 from 5:30-8 p.m. at Flamm Funeral Home in Rexburg. Funeral services will be Thursday, March 2, 2017 at the Wilford LDS Chapel 215 N 2400 E St. Anthony, at 11 a.m. with a viewing prior from 9:30-10:30 a.m. - 

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02/28/17 05:19 PM #1    

Neal Thompson

What a great friend! I have a tremendous number of memories of our many times together. J.D. was like a brother to me, and he became very close to my whole family. He was a speaker at my Dad's funeral.

J.D. was a "shaker".

03/02/17 05:59 PM #2    

Julie Krey (Moon)

So sad to hear of JD's passing.  I know he had been sick, but I never thought it would lead to his final days.  Lots of fun memories from high school days with JD and the Portage gang.  Thoughts and prayers to Nan and her family.  It's certainly been a tough year for her with losing her son too not that long ago. 

03/05/17 09:37 PM #3    

Carole Brown (Ward)

Another great class mate that will be greatly missed. Love and sympathy to Nan and her beautiful family.  I am so deeply sorry for your many heartaches and loses this past year but grateful we have an eternal perspective of life and death.


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