Wayne E Hawkinson

September 3, 1939November 6, 2014
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Wayne E. Hawkinson, 75, of Phoenix, Arizona entered into eternal rest on November 6, 2014, with family by his side. Wayne was born on September 3, 1939, in Minneapolis, Minnesota. He moved to Arizona in 1972. Wayne owned and operated Tiger Plumbing for over 30 years, also serving as President of the Plumbing, Heating and Cooling Contractors Association in 1995. His jovial nature and quick wit contributed to his success in everything he did and made us all smile even in his last days. Very active in the community, Wayne was a member of the Masonic Lodges of Arizona and Minnesota, El Zaribah Shrine Temple, of which he served as a Past President of the Greeters Unit, and the Royal Order of Jesters, Court 17, serving as their Director in 2003. He also remained active with the Munds Park Billiken Klub. During the past few years, Wayne served on PVCC’s Community Advisory Board and also took classes in Golf, Yoga and Tai Chi. Wayne is survived by his wife of 50 years, Vera; his daughters, Dorothy (Mark) Belanger, Karen Hawkinson and Linda (Andrew) Wilson; his son, Glen (Erin) Hawkinson and his six grandchildren. He was a kind, generous and loving husband, father and grandfather and will be greatly missed. Services will be held on Monday, November 24, 2014 at 10:30 at La Casa de Cristo Lutheran Church, 6300 E. Bell Road, Scottsdale, Arizona. Following this service, all are invited to a graveside service at Greenwood Memory Lawn at 2300 West Van Buren Street. A Celebration of Life will be held at El Zaribah Shrine, on Monday, November 24, 2014 at 4:00 p.m., 552 North 40th Street, Phoenix, Arizona 85008. In lieu of flowers the family requests donations be made in Wayne Hawkinson’s name to the El Zaribah Shrine Temple or Shriners Hospitals, 552 North 40th Street, Phoenix, Arizona 85008 or the Haven Animal Rescue, P.O. Box 52166, Phoenix, Arizona, 85076.

Wayne E. Hawkinson 1939-2014

A wonderful man….

Who was born to Elmer and Lela Flatten Hawkinson, a milk man and housewife, and had an older sister, JoAnne.

Who developed his strong work ethic delivering papers, even when he had to ride his bike through those difficult Minnesota winters!

Who graduated from Central High School and later Dunwoody College, to launch his career in plumbing services and thankfully met his loving wife, Vera, washing her car in her alley.

Who danced with his wife as a member of a Czech folk dancing group and enjoyed spending time at Sokol Camp.

Who moved from Minnesota to Arizona in a van with no air conditioning, telling the children to, “Roll up the windows and smile.”

Who started Tiger Plumbing and his center, Tiger Plaza, later serving as President of the Plumbing, Heating and Cooling Contractors and the Plumbers Union.

Who said he’d always put his wife’s name in lights one day….and did when he opened Vera’s Laundromat!

Who was always armed with a pen in his pocket….and would jokingly say, “I need that back” as he was a bit nervous the person borrowing it might forget to return it!

Who could be counted on to sponsor his four kids in softball and baseball and then spent 9 years watching them in the marching band, while commenting that his kid was the only one in step!

Who loved to watch the Kung Fu TV series with his children/grasshoppers, and later grandchildren, and made sure everyone was quiet during the close of the show for the great lesson, “Each journey begins and also ends.”

Who loved animals, taking in stray cats to his plumbing shop, and not even getting mad when his own dog ate all the steaks off the counter – he just said, “Well, they were within his reach!”

Who made sure while visiting loving relatives and good friends in Minnesota, he always had to visit White Castle.

Who was a proud (and sometimes outspoken) democrat, who looked good in his fez hat and uniform in the parades for the Shrine enjoying his amazing friends, practical jokes and travel with his fellow Shriners.

Who always dropped everything he was doing to help his kids and grandkids with leaky faucets, car trouble or just wise advice!

Who could be seen with a smile in the front rows of La Casa De Crito Lutheran Church for over 35 years.

Who enjoyed traveling with his wife, Vera, and loved to also sit on the porch of his cabin in Munds Park and smile as he watched the many birds and squirrels eat from his feeders (that he made sure to fill each day).

Who loved to ice-skate, sled, make snowmen, go to the deer farm and Bearizona countless times with his grandkids and teach them card games like Skip-Bo.

Who enjoyed learning golf with his golf class, and playing a round with family and friends.

Who was proud that he could stand on his head in his seventies, with the help from his Tai Chi and Yoga instructors!

Who enjoyed wining and dining with family and friends and made it a sport to pick up the tab in the end.

Who always answered, “No more monkeys jumping on the bed,” when asked by his family what the doctor said after an appointment.

Who was always “the glass half full kind of guy” with a quick joke, infectious laugh and heart filled with love.

Who lived an amazing life, touched many people with his kindness, smile and humor and enjoyed life to the fullest!

Who deeply loved his wife of 50 years, four children and six grandchildren.

Wayne E. Hawkinson was truly a wonderful man and though he will be deeply missed, he will be fondly remembered by all who had the honor of knowing him.


  • Funeral Service Monday, November 24, 2014
  • Celebration of Life Monday, November 24, 2014


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November 30, 2014

I'm sure Wayne will be missed by all. He was a kind person and he new the value of having employees who were properly trained in the plumbing trade with knowledge of the codes that regulate the installation of plumbing in construction. Wayne was always friendly to me in his plumbing shop, out in the field at a job site and at the 4th of July parade in Munds Park.
I was blessed to know Wayne,
Larry Stump, Plumbing Inspector and Teacher (Retired)

Stacey Gubser

November 24, 2014

To the Hawkinson family, please accept our sincere sympathy for your loss. Mr. Hawkinson and Mrs. Hawkinson gave so much to the Paradise Valley community over the years. Sponsoring every sport and activity, volunteering in the schools, giving a kind ear, a cheering voice in the stands and an unforgettable sense of humor. Sending love and prayers to the entire family. Stacey Gubser and family

The Sterns Family

November 20, 2014

We all will miss Wayne as a great neighbor for over 40 years, a friend with an immense sense of humor, and a sharp, keen personality. He always seemed as though he was in such a good mood and spirits. He will be remembered in our prayers and thoughts.

Terry, Dee, and Larry

November 20, 2014

We will miss Wayne as a neighbor in Phoenix and Munds Park. God bless your family. What a happy man he was as he cherished his family and his friends.
Jim and Eileen Jones

November 19, 2014

We will miss Wayne so much for we love you both, Art and Phyllis Powell

Julia Moore, PVCC President's Office

November 18, 2014

On behalf of the Paradise Valley Community College President's Office we are saddened by the news of Wayne's passing. Wayne has been a valued member of our President's Community Advisory Council since 2012. He was a donor, a member of our Fitness Center, and a long-time student in our golf classes. We are appreciative of Wayne's insights, thoughtfulness, advocacy, loyalty, personal involvement and unabashed support of PVCC. He will be greatly missed, and we extend our condolences to his wife, Vera, and all of his family.

Peter Dvergsten

November 12, 2014

So sorry to read about Wayne. I was just upstairs going through more "stuff" and ran across a Christmas card you had sent us a few years ago. I decided that before I would go any farther that I would look you up. David's daughter Holly is in Apache Junction going to school and I was thinking about going down to see her and try to look you up. Best laid plans---
We will keep you all in our thoughts and prayers. Just rely on friends and each other and God will see you through it all. I know how hard it is and will continue to be. Please contact me.
Peter Dvergsten

November 11, 2014

Our thoughts and prayers are with you in your time of grief.

May your heart be filled with wonderful memories of joyful times together.

Beverlee and the staff of Shadow Mountain Mortuary.

November 11, 2014

Our thoughts and prayers are with you, Vera , Dorothy, Glen, Karen and Linda.
Gary and Trish Klimmek
Mesa, AZ

Norma Mondragon

November 11, 2014

Laughter, smiles and genuine concern were wonderful qualities Wayne possessed. His sincere nature with be deeply missed. Rest in Peace my Friend.

Love Norma