|Charles Hawkins "Crowman" |
|Celebration of Life|
From the Hightest in Me!
To the Highest in You!
I Honor Your Path, Just as You Honor My Path
Charles Walter Hawkins, a wonderful, warm man, loved by many, passed away at his home in Santa Cruz on Monday, August 2nd, 2010, at the age of 71. Born in Tahlequah, Oklahoma, the Cherokee capital of the world, Charles was a direct descendant of the Chiefs and Shamans of the Muscogee and Cherokee nations. His Indian heritage remained the centerpiece of his study, experiences and teaching through out his life. Charles proudly came to be known as "Crowman" ~ a modern Indian Shaman.
For the past 20 years Charles had been actively engaged in a wide range of programs in Santa Cruz and San Jose as a guide, counselor and spiritual leader. He was the co-host of San Jose's Awareness Network and led 80 Vision Quest groups in Mt Shasta, Big Sur and the Pacific Coast. Charles will be remembered for the passion he had for his spiritual work, his belief in the transforming power of love, and the essential alignment of heart, mind, spirit, with the Great Spirit.
In his younger days, Charles had two main passions: basketball and the pursuit of knowledge. He earned numerous basketball scholarships, which brought him to various college campuses - where he also pursued academic work in religion and the social sciences. Given the nickname "Bear" at UCSC for his competitive drive, Charles continued playing recreational basketball well into his 60s.|
One of Charles' basketball friends introduced him to Linda Johnson, in 1987. The couple shared many similar interests - from tennis to art - and were married two years later under a full moon by their beloved minister, Rev. Emily Sanford, at the Unity Temple of Santa Cruz. Emily encouraged Charles in his growth as a spiritual leader and teacher of Vision Quest. In his last years, Charles continued to listen daily to Rev. Emily's timeless prayers and sermons from the 90s.
Charles and Linda pursued numerous activities together, from house renovation and resale, to attending local clubs, including SC Downtown Toastmasters, the Healing Connection and The Awareness Network in San Jose. Together, they enjoyed a spiritually rich and interesting life for over 23 years.
Charles had a special love for the outdoors and enjoyed bird watching, reading, and traveling. He and Linda traveled extensively for years, forming many friendships with people across the globe. One of their fondest memories was a trip they made to Japan where they met a Zen Buddhist master in Mt Hiei, Kyoto. They formed a strong connection with the Zen master, and continued their visits for three years, learning more about Buddhism and meditation. A 2003 trip to Machu Picchu in Peru has remained another travel high point.
Charles's buoyant spirit will be greatly missed by all! He was preceded in death by his father and mother, Oral and Grace Hawkins, and his brother, James Hawkins. He is survived by his wife Linda Johnson-Hawkins of SC, his brother Doug Hawkins of Oklahoma, and his son, Devin Hawkins, of Las Vegas.
A Celebration of Charles Crowman's life was held at Unity Temple of Santa Cruz, August 22, 2010, and at the Divine Science Community Center Sactuary in San Jose, Sunday, August 29
Gifts to Charles Hawkins Memorial Fund 2522 Charlene Lane SC, CA 95062.