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Hawk, Leonard J.: Walking On

Yakima, Washington

Graveside services were held for LEONARD J. HAWK, 79, on December 1, at the Reservation Community Memorial Park, west of Wapato. Leonard was born June 23, 1932, in Potlatch, Washington.  He passed away November 27, 2011, in Yakima.
   
"Sharkey" was raised and educated in Shelton, Washington, and attended Chemawa Indian Boarding School in Salem, Oregon. He was a hard working person, who at the age of 12, moved to Alaska to fish, log and work in canneries. He worked in the Klickitat and White Swan mills before going to J.M. Perry Institute in Yakima, and earning his heavy equipment operator certificate. He went to work for the Bureau of Indian Affairs in 1974 as a ditch rider and retired in 1994 as a heavy equipment operator. He went back to work for the Yakama Nation as a heavy equipment operator in 1997, and retired in 2007. He was also a commercial fisherman his entire life. Leonard was an enrolled member of the Skokomish Tribe and a Yakama descendent. (Yakama Nation Review, November 30, 2011)
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