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Douglas McArthur Hawke

June 6, 1930 ~ February 5, 2020 (age 89)


Doug Hawke, a loving husband, father, grandfather and great grandfather passed away peacefully at The Center at Foresight in GJ on February 5th, 2020.  He was born June 7th, 1930 to James and Edna Hawke in Carnegie, OK.

Doug grew up on a farm and knew what hard work and responsibilities were at a young age.  He married the love of his life Verna Mae Clancy on April 3, 1950.  They moved to Wichita, KS where he was employed with the State Farm Insurance Co.  They moved to Grand Junction in September of 1957. After a few years he worked for Morton Salt of SLC, UT as a regional salt sales associate.  His love to talk, conversate and joke with people, even those he did not know, made him an exceptional salesman.  Doug and Verna both operated Verna’s Gift Shop on Main Street where they sold handmade authentic turquoise jewelry. He then started his own salt and bentonite clay sales business, H&H Bentonite & Salt Inc., in 1981.  He and his wife owned and operated this successful sales company until retiring in 1993.                                                                                                                                                         

Church was always an important part of Doug and Verna’s life.  They were active in church right after their marriage in Ok and KS and later in GJ.  He was an elder and Verna was the office manager at First Christian Church.  He was an elder and board member for years at Northeast Christian Church.   Doug and Verna loved to spend time with their family and especially their grandkids., whether it be playing cards, camping in the RV, hunting or 4 wheeling in Moab, Ouray or Leadville.   Along with church, he was an active member of the GJ Golden K Kiwanis Club and was 32nd degree Mason with Lodge 44 of out Enid, OK.  After retirement he and Verna would travel to south Texas and meet with their friends for the winter months.  As an avid football fan, he loved his Denver Broncos and Oklahoma Sooners and also enjoyed watching his two grandsons, Brian and Randy, play football and basketball in school. 

He is survived by his daughter Marsha Waitley of Des Moines, IA., son Rick (Barbara) Hawke of GJ, and daughter Julie (Don) Kendall of GJ., grandkids Brian (Heather) Kendall and Randy (Samantha) Kendall, Trey Hawke, Logan Hawke, Linnie Hawke and Jason Peters,.  His great grandkids are Kingston Kendall, Kamryn Neurauter, Kenzie Neurauter, Brynlee and Josie Kendall all of GJ.  Doug’s wife Verna passed away in 2017.

We want to personally thank everyone at The Center at Foresight facility for their gracious and loving care for Doug the last two months. They are both happily united together again in heaven with their lord Jesus Christ.

No services are planned.  Donations in lieu of flowers can be made to The Center at Foresight.

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