Jean Lavaun Hawkins

(Feb. 15, 1930 - Feb. 25, 2019)


Jean Lavaun Hawkins passed away Feb. 25 in Powell after a brief illness. She was 89.

Jean was born in Centerville, South Dakota, on Feb. 15, 1930, the youngest of the three children of Clarence “Red” and Lenora (Johnson) Olson. When she was 4 years old, the family moved to Rapid City, where she graduated from Rapid City High School in Jan. 1949.

She was married to Dan Hawkins on April 15, 1949. They were blessed with three children: Bob, Barbie, and Theresa.

Due to Dan’s military service the family lived in many different places, including Seguin, Texas; Fort Rucker, Alabama; Mineral Wells, Texas, and Rapid City, South Dakota, before finally settling in Greybull in 1964, where Dan became co-owner of Hawkins & Powers Aviation.

In addition to working in her father’s café, as a bookkeeper for GE and in various businesses in Greybull, Jean enjoyed snowmobiling, art classes, crocheting and knitting. She was known for her wonderful hospitality at her home in Greybull, at the cabin, on the road in their RV, in their second home in Mesquite, Nevada, and finally at The Heartland in Powell.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, Dan; her sister, Betty Huttinger; and her son-in-law, Will Murdoch. She is survived by her brother, George Olson, in California; son Bob and daughter-in-law Becky Hawkins of Greybull; daughter Barbie Murdoch of Greybull; daughter Theresa Hawkins of Powell; six grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren.

Memorials in Jean’s name can be made to the Jean Hawkins Memorial at the Bank of Greybull, with donations going to the First Presbyterian Church and to The Museum of Flight and Aerial Firefighting.

Services for Jean were held last week at the First Presbyterian Church in Greybull.