We will be celebrating the life of Allen Shelley Hawkins, 42, who passed away on June 22, 2018, at Alaska Regional Hospital, Anchorage, Alaska, from esophageal cancer.
Allen was born in Santa Clara, Calif. on July 3, 1975. He lived in several California cities during his early years, including Riverside. In 1985, he moved with his family to El Portal, attending elementary school in El Portal and then Yosemite National Park. In 1987, Allen moved to Alaska with his parents, where he graduated from Wasilla High School in 1992.
Allen attended the University of Fairbanks and finished his Associate Degree at Matanuska-Susitna College in 2009. Allen worked for 11 years at Pizza Hut and was employed at Home Depot. In 2016, Allen became a freight expeditor at Weaver Brothers Trucking where he was blessed to have found a job with people who became part of his extended family.
Allen enjoyed hiking, photographing nature and wildlife, camping, but above all, Allen loved Alaska. Allen’s life and passion are shown in his music. Allen created music with his friend, Nathan Clingman, performing together as Io, as well as playing with other friends, and writing his own songs. Allen was a gifted, intelligent and kind soul who was beloved by his family, friends, and coworkers. He had a terrific sense of humor and was hard-working with all endeavors.
He is survived by his beloved wife, Marci Hawkins; his mother and father, Allyson and Mike Johnson; sister, Angela Brown; brother Anthony Brown; four step-children and their families; sisters-in-law Shannon Maloney, niece Abbianne and nephew Riley of Arizona and Laura Query and niece Caroline of Florida; the Genthner family in Albany, N.Y.; the Johnson family in Mariposa; the Hubbard family in San Jose, Calif.; his extended family at Weaver Brothers, the Hamby family, Grace Cross, Amy Pearce; friends, Kurt, Tom, Mindy, Dema and Cliff, as well as many other relatives.
He was preceded in death by biological father, Leon Brown, Jr.; grandmother Lacy Hawkins; grandfather Thomas Hawkins; grandmother Virginia Hubbard; step-son John Paul Montgomery; and step-grandson Anthony Schmidt.
A service was held on June 30, 2018 at Witzleben Legacy Funeral Home in Anchorage. In lieu of flowers, please donate to Audubon Alaska, 431 West 7th Avenue, Anchorage, Alaska 99501 (907-276-7034). Allen loved to take pictures of Alaska and its birds. Letters and cards can be mailed to P.O. Box 460, Sutton, Alaska 99674.