In Memory

Dwight Hawkes

Dwight Hawkes

Myron Dwight Hawkes, Jr ("Dee")
1936-2020

May 24, 1936 - September 24, 2020
Dee, once considered a "legend" by some coaching circles in the state, died on September 24, 2020, surrounded by his family. He was the firstborn child of his parents Berness Erving and Myron Dwight Hawkes, Sr. He was born in Wallace, Idaho in 1936.
At the age of six, the family moved to Seattle. He attended FH Coe Elementary School and Queen Anne High School. He was a three-sport athlete. During his senior year (1953-54), he quarterbacked the football team to the Seattle City Championship, played Olympia in the traditional Turkey Day Game, and was selected to play in the City-State Game.
Dwight went on to play football at Washington State College where he became a member of Beta Theta Pi fraternity. For two summers, he attended the Platoon Leaders Class at Quantico for the U.S. Marines. He met Judy Greenup, the love of his life at WSC and they were married over 61 years.
Dwight's teaching and coaching career began in 1958, as an assistant football coach to Jack Elway, whom he considered a mentor. He also became the head baseball coach. After three years in Port Angeles, he went to the UW and completed his master's degree in 1962.
Dwight and Judy spent the next two years in Japan where he taught and coached U.S. Air Force dependents for the Department of Defense (DOD) at Johnson High School near Yokota Air Base. In 1964, they transferred to Nuremberg, Germany, where he taught Army Dependents at Nurnberg American High School and coached football and basketball. Overseas, they traveled extensively.
Back in Seattle, with the birth of their son David, Dee taught one year at Queen Anne HS where he assisted in football and basketball. He then relocated for a head coaching position and ended up coaching six years at Davis HS in Yakima, WA, where a daughter, Leanne, was born.
In 1973, Dee started coaching and teaching at Bothell High, where he stayed for 18-years. During his tenure there, he was known for his motivational techniques and his master teaching. For Bothell football, he ran the Wing-T, Run and Shoot, and a No Huddle package. Courses he taught included psychology, biology, personal growth, and personal motivation.
When one of Dwight's best friends died due to a plane crash, he developed an organization, called the Men and Women of Queen Anne (MOQA). From this group, he organized golf tournaments and found other ways to provide scholarships for children and grandchildren of QA alumni.
Dee was involved in many activities after retirement. First most, he loved to write. His first book, Best Plays of Washington High School Coaches, was self-published. This led to three books published by Human Kinetics: Football's Best Offensive Playbook, AFCA 's Defensive Football Drills, AFCA's Offensive Football Drills, and What Every Coach Should Know published by Infinity Publishing. At the end of his life, he left a memoir for his family called His Coaching Journey. For 40+ years, he wrote a column in the Washington Coach magazine called "Hawkes Squawks".
Besides writing, he served on the board and was past president of the King County Chapter of the National Football Foundation. In partnership with the Seahawks, he developed a Coaching Academy for coaches. The NFL later used his scheme to start a nation-wide plan. He later came out of retirement to coach Skyline HS football team's first season.
Dee will be missed by many. His great leadership, motivational, and organizational skills won him many awards, highlights include his induction on the Northshore School District Wall of Honor, the Gold Helmet Award from the Washington State Football Coaches Association, and two memorial coach awards from the National Football Foundation. Dee was a proud lifetime member of the American Football Coaches Association for over 35-years.
Dee was preceded in death by his parents and sister Donya. He is survived by his wife Judy, son David (Rene'), daughter Leanne, grandchildren Sophia and Donovan, brother Dwayne (Penny), sister Duanne (Bob), and many nieces, nephews, and cousins. The family would like to thank the wonderful care given by the Evergreen Hospice and the Assisted Living Staff at The Chateau in Bothell. Due to Covid-19, a Celebration will be held later. A private family burial is planned.
Donations in Dee's name can be made to: National Football Foundation Scholarship: Seattle Chapter, honors scholar-athlete football players from King and Kitsap Counties, PO Box 1304, Issaquah, WA 98027; Wall of Honor, Northshore School District Scholarship: Northshore School District Partnership Coordinator, 3330 Monte Villa Parkway, Bothell, WA 98021; USMC Support Group, 3006 Northup Way, STE. 301, Bellevue, WA 98004
Published on October 11, 2020