Nov. 3, 1924 — Dec. 4, 2016
Lyman Gerald Hawken was born in Portland, Oregon, to Gladys and Lyman Hawken Sr. He was raised in Vernonia, graduating with the Class of 1942.
After high school, he enlisted in the U.S. Navy and served honorably during World War II in the Pacific Theater. Upon returning from the war, Lyman married Betty Marl in 1945. They settled in Vernonia and had a son, Richard. While living in Vernonia, along with his father, Lyman Sr., they owned and operated the Standard Oil Co. and a car dealership, Hawken Motors. In 1957 the family moved to St. Helens, where they opened another Hawken Motors.
Betty preceded Lyman in death in 1975.
In the late 1970s, Lyman moved to the family beach house, built by his grandfather in Cannon Beach. In 1978, Lyman married Ruth Knutson of St. Helens. They owned and operated the Cannon Beach Seafood Market in the 1980s, where they made the very best smoked salmon and clam chowder! After retirement, they had a second home in Plains, Montana.
Lyman loved the ocean, particularly dory fishing out of Cannon Beach. In the 1970s and 1980s, he and Richard could be found fishing together on their boats The Bostonian and The Seahawk. He really loved the time they shared on the water. He also enjoyed his gun collection. He loved reloading his ammo upstairs in his shop, where he also made custom leather holsters, visors, wallets and many other things.
Lyman was an avid painter. It was not uncommon to receive a hand painted card from him.
Lyman was a 71-year member of the American Legion. He served numerous times as post commander in Cannon Beach. He was always willing to volunteer, and welcomed people with his friendly face. His favorite events were the crab and oyster feeds. When Lyman could no longer drive, he would “drive” his wheelchair down to the legion hall.
Lyman’s last months were spent surrounded by loved ones. He is survived by his wife, Ruth Hawken of Astoria; son, Richard Hawken of Seaside; stepdaughter Tara Culver of Astoria (husband Harold); granddaughters Monique Gangle of Troutdale (husband Richie, great-grandchildren Hailie and Madisyn), and Michelle Wunderlich of Seaside (husband Tim, great-grandchildren Annika, Riley and Madden).
Lyman was preceded in death by stepchildren Eric (Jenny) and Dirk Knutson, step-grandson Jarad Knutson, and is survived by step-grandchildren and great-grandchildren Kristina Chalk (Jeremy, Rhiannon and William), and Jesse Younger.
The family would like to give a special thank you to Dodie Tumlinson for all of her help, as well as Providence Home Health and Columbia Memorial Hospice.
A memorial for family and friends will be held Jan. 14 from 2 to 4 p.m. at the Cannon Beach American Legion Hall.