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David Dean Hawkinson

David Dean Hawkinson

David Dean Hawkinson was born on July 16, 1963 in Fargo, ND the son of Donald and Marilyn (Laude) Hawkinson. He grew up in Fargo and graduated from Fargo South High School in 1981, playing hockey throughout his high school career. Following graduation he attended the Hennepin Technical College in Minneapolis. David was married to Suzanne (Weinhandl) Hawkinson. They made their home in Wadena, MN where they raised their three children. They also owned and operated the local Taco Johns restaurant in Wadena and he enjoyed his time coaching hockey. David later moved to Fargo where he was employed as Manager of the Lone Star Steakhouse and served as a sales rep for Sysco Foods. For the past 13 years he has been employed as a Sales/Finance Manager for Valley Imports. David was united in marriage to Amy Miller on September 15, 2012 and happily gained three more children. Together they made their home in Fargo.

Davids greatest joy in life involved spending time with his children and grandchildren, being the best grandpa he could be. He also shared the passion for running and triathlon with his wife. He ran 7 marathons including the Boston Marathon in 2011, as well as numerous other races. Davids loving and caring personality was evident by anyone who crossed his path. His precise attention to detail and his relentless pursuit of excellence was evident in the success he had in all phases of his life. Dave had a smile that could brighten any room and a laugh that will never be forgotten by those that he knew and loved.

David joined the Lord on Saturday, June 21, 2014, near Grandin, ND from injuries sustained in a biking accident at age 50 years old. David is survived by his wife, Amy Miller of Fargo; his children Joshua (Jaclyn) Hawkinson of Annandale, MN; Katherine (Travis) DeGier of Carlos, MN; Evan, Erika, Ellie Miller of Fargo; and Chelsey Ogurchak of Williston, ND; his four grandchildren Zackary Hawkinson, Alexa DeGier, Easton DeGier, and Brady Hawkinson; and his parents, Donald and Marilyn Hawkinson of Gold Canyon, AZ. Also surviving are his siblings Becky (Bruce) Smith of Elk River, MN; Cheryl (Richard Keck) Hawkinson of Dublin, OH; Donald (Dawn) Hawkinson of Fargo; and Lori (Tony) Kleinjan of Bartlett, TN; his parents-in-law, Edward and Tara Skaar of Sidney, MT; his brother-in-law, Aaron Skaar of Sidney; several nieces and nephews and many other very dear relatives and friends.

David was preceded in death by his son, Andrew Thomas Hawkinson.

VISITATION: 6:30 7:30 PM Wednesday at Hope Lutheran Church South Campus in Fargo and also one hour prior to the service in the church on Thursday

PRAYER SERVICE: 7:30 PM Wednesday at the church

FUNERAL SERVICE: 11:00 AM Thursday at Hope Lutheran Church South Campus in Fargo

BURIAL: A private family burial service will take place at the Nelson Cemetery near Alexandria, MN

Arrangements entrusted to the care of Boulger Funeral Home and Celebration of Life Center in Fargo. To sign the online guest book, please visit our website at