Keith Hawkins

Winston Keith Hawkins walked through heavens gates November 28, 2020 at the age of 87.  He was born March 6, 1933 to Benjamin Truet Hawkins and Mary Emma Joshua Harden Hawkins in Littlefield, Texas.  He was preceded in death by his parents Benjamin Truet and Mary Emma.   He was also preceded in death by his loving wife, Mary Louise Hawkins (3/16/10) and sisters Mary Emma Sargent and Anna Jean Culpepper.   He is survived by his sister Francis Hunt, daughters Sandra Louise Phillippe (David), Laura Lynn Mack (Lee) and M. Catherine Conley (Jim), six grandchildren and 10 great grandchildren.  Winston Keith Hawkins was born in Littlefield, Texas March 6, 1933 then moved to Bisbee, Arizona where he lived until he graduated from high school in 1952.  He joined the Navy in 1952 and was stationed in San Diego, California and served during the Korean Conflict.  During his visits back to Arizona he met the love of his life, Mary Louise Blymiller, and they were married May 29, 1954. 

The couple lived in San Diego, California until Keith was discharged from the Navy in 1956, then the couple moved back to Mesa, Arizona where Keith joined the Mesa Police Department.  They were then blessed with three girls, Sandra Louise, Laura Lynn and M. Catherine.   The couple continued to live in Mesa until November 1967 when Keith was hired by SRP to work as the Chief Operator at Horse Mesa Dam in the middle of the Superstition Mountains. Keith and his family lived at Horse Mesa until 1971 when he was transferred to Mesa, Arizona and began training at the Agua Fria steam plant.  In August 1972 Keith and his family moved to Page, Arizona where he had been hired as an operator and began working at the Navajo Generating Station until he retired in 1988 and was a scheduler at retirement.  During his life Keith was very devoted to God and became a minister in 1977 and pastored a Wesleyan Church in Page, Arizona.  During that time, he touched may young hearts and lived to see some of these young people become ministers and serve God.    Keith was an avid cowboy and loved to teach many young people how to ride.  Because of his love for God he would require his students to quote scripture verses during their lessons. 

Private family services will be held Saturday, December 12, 2020.  A Celebration of Life will be held for the public at a later date to be announced.


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