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Lynn Rae Hawk

August 23, 1936 — July 13, 2022

Lynn Rae Hawk was born on August 23, 1936 in Long Beach, California to Raymond (a Judge) and Opal Eberhart (a Librarian). Lynn was an only child and lived in Blythe, California until 1968.

Lynn would spend her youth serving as a Jobs Daughter through The Masons Organization, she also would make life-long friends through school. After graduation they would enjoy a yearly "girls trip". This would continue through their golden years. These friends would become the sisters she never had.

Lynn attended ASU where she obtained her Bachelor of Arts in Education, Master of Arts in Education, and her Master of Arts in Indian Education. Lynn had a successful teaching career that spanned from 1968-1997. She taught students in California, Wyoming, and Arizona. Before her teaching career started, she worked as a police dispatcher in Riverside County, CA. This is where Lynn met her first husband, Russell Hawk. They wed in 1956 and welcomed their first son, Thomas Hawk, in 1957. Just two years later in 1959, they welcomed their second son, Michael Hawk. Russell and Lynn would divorce in 1980, while living in Rock Springs, Wyoming.

It would be one year later that Lynn would meet the love of her life, Ronald Robertson (a Big Rig Truck Driver and Military Veteran) while working at the Outlaw Inn. Ron would often lovingly refer to her as his "brown-eyed girl". Ron would win over Lynn's heart with a sweet dance through a corn field. Lynn would later recount this as being one of her most treasured memories.

When they weren't dancing and kicking up their boots, you would often find them taking in the local rodeo or herding cattle in the mountains of Wyoming. When Lynn wasn't enjoying the great outdoors you would find her knitting, crocheting, or creating various art projects. Many of which would earn her first-place ribbons at the county fairs. Lynn would often donate blankets to women's shelters and the senior center.

In 1997 Michael would invite Lynn and Ron to share his property, often referred to as "The Sunshine Ranch", in Show Low, Arizona. Lynn and Ron decided to pack up everything and enjoy their retirement in sunny Arizona. Lynn and Ron quickly settled in and soon after joined her son Michael Hawk to become members of The Elks Lodge in 1999. One of their favorite things to do through the lodge was to prepare and deliver the yearly Thanksgiving baskets to the local families in need. In addition to donating their time to the Elks Lodge, they would also donate their time to the local V.F.W. until Ron's passing in 2013.

She would enjoy her final years gardening, fishing, and walking with her companion, Jim Hokanson. She took great pride in her yard dotted with beautiful flower beds and they especially loved working in her garden. She also looked forward to her weekly luncheons with the "ladies" from Linden.

Lynn earned her wings, surrounded by family, at home, on July 13, 2022.

Preceded in death by her parents and spouses, Russell and Ron. She leaves behind her sons, Thomas Hawk of Cabo San Lucas, Mexico and Michael Hawk of show Low, Arizona; 12 grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren.

Per Lynn's wishes, she will not have a formal service. Her family will be holding a celebration of life, Saturday, August 27, 2022 at 11:00 a.m. in the Show Low Elks Lodge B.P.O.E. #2090, 805 E. Whipple St., in Show Low. A potluck lunch to follow immediately.

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