Jim and friends!
A. James Hawkins
  • 75 years old
  • Date of birth: May 14, 1938
  • Place of birth:
    Minneapolis, Minnesota, United States
  • Date of passing: Jul 22, 2013
  • Place of passing:
    Yakima, Washington, United States
Find out who you are and do it on purpose. -Dolly Parton

Arlin James  “Jim” Hawkins of Yakima, Washington, passed away Tuesday evening, July 23rd,  at Landmark Care and Rehabilitation Center. 

A celebration of life will be held at Holy Family Catholic Church, 5315 Tieton Drive, Yakima at 11:00 am Mass with Father Mike Brzezowski officiating.  Burial will follow at Holy Cross Cemetary in Ellensburg. Friends are welcome to join us in the Mass.

Reception TBA 

Memorial Tributes
This tribute was added by Jean Enticknap on 17th June 2014

"Just posted one of my favorite photos of Jim and his dog on a summer day. Remembering afternoons gabbing, chopping, cooking and setting the table before evening dinner parties with friends. A toast to you my friend!"

This tribute was added by Trish Oberst on 15th September 2013

"Jim's classes were always engaging and thought-provoking. He had extremely high expectations for his students, and we were motivated to reach these standards simply because we did not want to disappoint him. At the same time, he was deeply committed to the artistic process and always made me feel like my choices made sense. I will continue to strive to be half the educator he was."

This tribute was added by Stanley Hess on 10th September 2013

"As the museum curator of the Valentinetti Puppet Museum in Bremerton, WA it has been my pleasure to include in our displays the very first puppets which Jim Hawkins created while attending a summer class at the UW, Seattle under the direction of Aurora Valentinetti.  These 2 figures are PETER and GRANDFATHER from Peter and the Wolf.  Sadly I never had an opportunity to meet Prof. Hawkins."

This tribute was added by Jean Enticknap on 29th July 2013

"In the 21 years of Thistle Theatre, I recall what Jim taught. “What do you want the audience to carry home in their basket?”  Such a “Jim” thing to say!  Not only should what you want to teach a child be in that basket, but it should be filled with all manner of memories and it should have matching linens! Farewell and thank you teacher, mentor and friend for sharing your many gifts."

This tribute was added by Diana Henderson on 27th July 2013

"Jim, was by far the best teacher I have ever had. He inspired me to teach puppetry and Children's Theatre in my drama classes. Without his guidance, creativity, and knowledge he passed on, I never would have attempted it. His compassion and love for people was also evident. I will remember him fondly.
Diana Edge  Class of 1978"

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Laurie Doohan


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