On Sunday, January 24, 2021, David Hawkins, dear son, husband, father, and friend, went home to be with his Lord and Savior at the age of 64.
He was born in Cincinnati, Ohio, to Henry and Shirley Hawkins. The young family moved to California when David was 5, but not before he developed a fondness for Cincinnati chili and White Castle. He was raised and attended school in the Eagle Rock neighborhood of Los Angeles, where he formed many deep friendships with a group of kids mentored by a wise couple who realized the value of investing their time and attention in bringing young people to Christ. Dave made many cherished memories with this group, enjoying sports, fun activities, and goofing off, but also going to church and becoming a Christian. Many of these friends remain well connected through their shared history and faith.
After graduating from San Diego State University in 1979, he had the opportunity to travel abroad to Europe, China, Australia, New Zealand, Morocco, and even take a motorcycle trip through Mexico. Dave loved sharing stories of these travels with his family, and when they were old enough, he shared his love of travel with them by taking them on trips to Hawaii, Florida, Washington DC, many National Parks, and the 2017 solar eclipse.
After moving to Santa Barbara, he got a job working for the US Postal Service, where he worked until retirement, becoming a popular supervisor. In 1993, he married Kathy Clemons, and they were blessed with two children, Caleb and Natalie. Dave enjoyed hiking, playing volleyball at East Beach with friends, and spending time with his family, always including his beloved family dogs Cobber and Hunter.
Dave was known for his good nature and sense of humor. He enjoyed making strangers laugh. He’d often stop people he was passing on a hike to ask them if the McDonald’s at the end of the trail was still open.
Dave loved going out to eat and would always make sure to bring something home for the dog. Please enjoy doing the same for your good dog.
Due to COVID-19, no services are scheduled at this time. Donations can be made to the Alzheimer’s Association.