OBITUARY

Eric Edwin Hawkins

April 28, 1964December 3, 2018
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On Monday, December 3, 2018, longtime Elizabeth, Colorado, resident Eric Edwin Hawkins passed away peacefully at home with his wife Lora and four children Megan, Hillary, Shelby and Garett at his side. After a colon cancer diagnosis, Eric lived his life to the fullest for the last 2 ½ years before being called to rest.

Eric was born on April 28, 1964, to Edwin and Harriet Hawkins in Grand Junction, Colorado. He graduated from Grand Junction High School in 1982 and went on to attend Mesa College (now Colorado Mesa University). While at Mesa he majored in Computer Science and Mathematics and played on the men’s basketball team, where he still holds many records and was an NAIA All-American and Academic All-American. Eric would later be inducted into the Colorado Mesa Hall of Honor in 2000.

After graduating with honors from Mesa in 1986 he married his college sweetheart, Lora, and moved to Dallas, Texas, to start his career as a computer software engineer. Two daughters and eight years later they returned to Colorado where Eric continued his work in the same field. After landing in Elizabeth, Eric and Lora built their forever home in the country, where they completed their family with another daughter and a son.

Eric enjoyed coaching his kids’ sports teams, working on home improvement projects, and hiking with friends and family. Although not a hobby, he also spent many hours helping his kids with their math homework. This helped prepare Eric for a short stint teaching math at Elizabeth High School, where he was also the varsity girls’ basketball head coach for 3 years. Eric returned to his software engineering career but still remained very active in coaching and his kids’ activities.

In addition to enjoying the continued successes of his children, Eric experienced some highlights over the last two years, including hiking a 14er with his family, traveling to Agate, Nebraska, to see the 2017 solar eclipse, and going on a cruise with his wife to Alaska. Although cut short, Eric lived a full and happy life and will be sorely missed by his family and friends.

Eric is survived by his wife Lora (Mick) Hawkins, children Megan (29), Hillary (28), Shelby (21), and Garett (18), parents Edwin and Harriet Hawkins of Elizabeth, Colorado, brother Gregg Hawkins of Garland, Texas, and numerous relatives and friends.

A memorial service celebrating Eric’s life will be held Friday, December 14, 2018 at 10:00A.M. at Harvest Bible Church, 826 S. Elbert Street, Elizabeth.

A men's basketball scholarship has been set up in Eric’s name at Colorado Mesa University. The family is asking for donations to the “Eric ‘The Hawk’ Hawkins Scholarship” in lieu of flowers. Donations can be made by going to https://www.supportingcmu.com/give/scholarships, selecting “other” in the designation and typing in Eric ‘The Hawk’ Hawkins Men’s Basketball Scholarship. Donations can also be mailed to the CMU foundation, 1450 N. 12th Street, Grand Junction, CO 81501.

Services

  • Memorial Service Friday, December 14, 2018
REMEMBERING

Eric Edwin Hawkins

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Daniel Drake

December 17, 2018

Lora, Megan, Hillary, Shelby, and Garett
Our condolences and prayers are with your family during this difficult time. Eric was always such a great husband, father, and in my case a great cousin. My sisters and I have fond memories of Uncle Ed and Aunt Harriet bringing Greg and Eric down to our grandparents in the San Luis Valley during the summer months when we were growing up. Occasionally we were together during Thanksgiving and Christmas also. Seems like we always ended up having wrestling matches in the living room as cousin Greg officiated. Don't think Grandmother Ama Lou appreciated our style of "rough house" play in her home.
Mesa State College, at the time, always hosted their annual summer basketball camps that I was able to attend a few times and spend time with Eric. Of course Eric was the big college basketball player that everyone looked up to on campus which made it fun for me being "Hawk's" younger cousin.
Eric will be missed tremendously but believe he is in a better place with our Lord now. Lora, you and Eric have raised such a wonderful family and you are truly blessed.
All Our Love
Daniel, Julie, Kayla, Ethan, and Drew Drake

Jane Baker

December 12, 2018

Dear Lora, Megan, Hillary, Shelby and Garett, I am so sorry for your loss. I've always admired your beautiful family and it was obvious what an integral part Eric was to that. I will always treasure the fabulous video you put together for Natalie's senior year. God bless you all. I will be praying you find comfort in the One who is most capable of comforting you. If there's anything we can do please don't hesitate to ask.

With our utmost sympathy,

Jane, Brooke and Natalie Baker

Nicole Carlson

December 11, 2018

When I look at each of his children, I see parts of Eric. His love for sports lives on in each of them. Eric was kind and generous but also very competitive. His oldest daughter inherited that trait! Megan was at basketball camp and had to prove that she was the best at throwing grapes up in the air and catching them. She beat us all but ended up choking on it. Eric was there to save his super-competitive daughter and got the grape out safely. Eric was very involved in his children’s lives, never missing a sporting event. He was a compassionate father and every once in a while you could hear him yelling “words of encouragement” from the bleachers.

Russell West

December 11, 2018

I initially met Eric through my now wife Peggy when we all worked at E-Systems in Garland Texas back in the 1980s. Both Eric and Peggy graduated from Mesa College in 1988 and eventually started working at the same company on different projects. My primarily relationship with Eric was playing together on the same company basketball league team where I tried to be a coach of players far better in ability than my own especially Eric. I soon learned that the best play for our team was to get Eric the ball and get the hell out of his way, along with not trying to get a rebound from him. He was an incredible basketball player, but more importantly an amazing person, husband, father, and friend. My only regret is that I wished I had been able to know him more off of the basketball court, but our careers took us different directions and his family meant the world to him that if he was not working to support them financially he was spending all remaining available time supporting them in other ways. His was a life well lived, although cut way too short, and he will be truly missed. My prayers got out to God to welcome his soul into heaven, Lora his loving wife, their four loving and wonderful kids, his parents, his siblings, and other family members. Eric you fought the good fight and now rest in the hands of our loving creator. Till we meet again. PS - keep a seat on the bench for me.

Tim Donovan

December 10, 2018

3) Another time we were camping in a place that was known for bears, I want to say Glacier NP. We heard there had been some sightings in the area so Hawk came up with the plan (there's your recurring theme here) to try to bait them to the campers so we could see them. We both, uh, "borrowed" some tins of sardines (remember those?) and took off up a drainage behind the campground; then we proceeded to lay a trail with the sardines directly back to the campers. We then tried to stay awake as long as possible looking for bears...I know I was up super late. Alas, no bears.

4) One funny college hoops story - Fort Lewis had a hotshot guard; dude was fantastic but also extremely…confident. Before the game Hawk told me that he was going to knock the guy down the first time he came into the paint. He didn't even wait that long. In the first minute he switched out on the guy as he elevated for a 15 foot jumper; Hawk missed the ball but drove his own hand down into the shooter’s arm, and continued to drive the guy’s own arm into his face until he was flat on his back. Then he loomed over him with that big, black, bushy beard and piercing blue eyes and just glared at him. The Ft Lewis guard shot a lot of 3s that game, but the paint was off limits.

Hawk has been a huge part of my life for as long as I’ve been on this earth – he was such a fantastic person who simply made life better for everybody whose life he touched. I feel so sad for Lora, Megan, Hillary, Shelby, and Garrett as well as Ed, Harriet, and Gregg. I miss him so much, and I always will and I will never forget him or the time we spent together.

Tim Donovan

December 10, 2018

A large part of my wonderful childhood was spent with the Hawkins family – Eric, Gregg, Harriet, and Ed…at our house, at theirs, our grandmother’s house right down the street from theirs, and many, many camping trips together. I have so many fun memories of Hawk when we were kids…here’s a few.

1) He told me about a prank he pulled a few times - he'd hide out in the bushes at the crosswalk to his neighborhood elementary school and keep pressing the walk button until cars were backed up for blocks. He told me once somebody actually saw him and started to chase him, but he scoffed "They weren't going to catch me. This is MY neighborhood." He was perhaps a bit of a mischievous kid.

2) We literally spent hundreds of hours together in the back of a camper when our families camped/vacationed together. Once we were in the Black Hills area; one night we heard our parents discussing the possibility of attending a play of some sort. That really didn't hold a lot of appeal to a couple of 5th/6th grade boys, but we didn't worry about it too much since our folks didn't seem serious about it. The next day we're in the back of Hawk's camper when we notice...yep, we're pulling into the play parking lot. Quickly, Hawk came up with a scheme to pretend that we're asleep. Ed opened the back door and called to us...nothing. He called again, then said something like "I guess they're asleep", and they went on their way. Now, looking back I'm quite sure our parents all knew the score, but at that time we thought we a cross between James Bond and John Wayne. (They ended up not going to the play, but it was still a win in our minds.)
(to be continued)

Marrisa DeHart

December 9, 2018

What can I say about coach? He was truly a gifted and wonderful man. Though I didn't have the honor of playing for him in every sport, he made a tremendous impact on my life with just basketball. It takes someone truly special to handle a team of all girls for that many years. I didn't even think I could handle us half the time! LOL. But he did, and he taught us everything that made us champions. No matter what team he was coaching they were always the best! He knew how to work with everyone as a group, and to help out those who needed help more individually. He taught me a lot about myself, taught me some things that have molded me into the person I am today. At that point in time that basketball team was my family! It was because it was led by this great man! Coach could do it all, and he had a wonderful family that backed him up whether it was on the court, or in the bleachers. They're always together, as all family should be! These are the times we think about I wish I would have told him what he's done for me, but we never get this chance because we don't think about it until situation like this happens. I knew he did a lot for me, but it didn't hit me until I saw the words that he was gone .

My prayers and thoughts go out to the Hawkins family during this tremendous loss. Your father was an amazing man! It was a great honor playing for him and I couldn't, nor would there be a better person ! R.I.P Coach! You will be greatly missed!

Jane Baker

December 9, 2018

Dan Baker - Although not often enough, Eric was someone that I always enjoyed speaking with when the opportunity arose while Brooke was playing club ball with Hillary and then the brief time that Shelby and Natalie played together at Chap. He never had a negative thing to say and was a truly humble person about his family and himself. You could know Eric for years and never know what a great college athlete he was at Mesa State.

The following was read before the Men's Mesa State University Basketball game this weekend:

"Earlier this week, the Colorado Mesa Maverick family lost one of its members in former men's basketball player Eric Hawkins as he lost his battle with Cancer on Tuesday. Hawkins was inducted into the Colorado Mesa Hall of Honor in 2000 and played for the Mavericks from 1982-1986. He is still among the all-time leaders in points, rebounds and blocked shots.
At this time, please bow your head in a moment of silence for Eric Hawkins. Thank you. "

FROM THE FAMILY

1 year old - 1965

FROM THE FAMILY

Eric & brother Gregg - 1965

Biography

On Monday, December 3, 2018, longtime Elizabeth, Colorado, resident Eric Edwin Hawkins passed away peacefully at home with his wife Lora and four children Megan, Hillary, Shelby and Garett at his side. After a colon cancer diagnosis, Eric lived his life to the fullest for the last 2 ½ years before being called to rest.

Eric was born on April 28, 1964, to Edwin and Harriet Hawkins in Grand Junction, Colorado. He graduated from Grand Junction High School in 1982 and went on to attend Mesa College (now Colorado Mesa University). While at Mesa he majored in Computer Science and Mathematics and played on the men’s basketball team, where he still holds many records and was an NAIA All-American and Academic All-American. Eric would later be inducted into the Colorado Mesa Hall of Honor in 2000.

After graduating with honors from Mesa in 1986 he married his college sweetheart, Lora, and moved to Dallas, Texas, to start his career as a computer software engineer. Two daughters and eight years later they returned to Colorado where Eric continued his work in the same field. After landing in Elizabeth, Eric and Lora built their forever home in the country, where they completed their family with another daughter and a son.

Eric enjoyed coaching his kids’ sports teams, working on home improvement projects, and hiking with friends and family. Although not a hobby, he also spent many hours helping his kids with their math homework. This helped prepare Eric for a short stint teaching math at Elizabeth High School, where he was also the varsity girls’ basketball head coach for 3 years. Eric returned to his software engineering career but still remained very active in coaching and his kids’ activities.

In addition to enjoying the continued successes of his children, Eric experienced some highlights over the last two years, including hiking a 14er with his family, traveling to Agate, Nebraska, to see the 2017 solar eclipse, and going on a cruise with his wife to Alaska. Although cut short, Eric lived a full and happy life and will be sorely missed by his family and friends.

Eric is survived by his wife Lora (Mick) Hawkins, children Megan (29), Hillary (28), Shelby (21), and Garett (18), parents Edwin and Harriet Hawkins of Elizabeth, Colorado, brother Gregg Hawkins of Garland, Texas, and numerous relatives and friends.

A memorial service celebrating Eric’s life will be held Friday, December 14, 2018 at 10:00A.M. at Harvest Bible Church, 826 S. Elbert Street, Elizabeth.

A men’s basketball scholarship has been set up in Eric’s name at Colorado Mesa University. The family is asking for donations to the “Eric ‘The Hawk’ Hawkins Scholarship” in lieu of flowers. Donations can be made by going to https://www.supportingcmu.com/give/scholarships, selecting “other” in the designation and typing in Eric ‘The Hawk’ Hawkins Men’s Basketball Scholarship. Donations can also be mailed to the CMU foundation, 1450 N. 12th Street, Grand Junction, CO 81501.